When it comes to the perfect time for Disney to do refurbishments on their rides and attractions, January is the month at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. The holiday season is over, kids are back in school, and most people have taken their vacations. Crowds are low, and the temperatures are cooler, so rides get the work done that they need, so they are ready to go for when the Spring Break and Summer crowds descend upon the Parks.
Beginning January 10, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure Park will be closing for a quick refurbishment. As of right now, the attraction will be closed from January 10 through January 13, with normal operating hours resuming on January 14. Disney has not said what work will be done, but it is likely minor work since the closure is so short.
Disney Dining had reported earlier that the ride seemed in desperate need of a touch-up in some areas. When Guests first see the animatronic Ariel, it looks like her arm and part of her lip have started to melt or fall apart. That could be because the ride was sitting unused for over a year since the Park was closed. Disney could also be giving the other animatronics a touch-up, so they are all nice, new, and clean.
The Little Mermaid is not the only Disneyland attraction preparing for an overhaul. Disneyland’s iconic monorail is scheduled to suspend operations on January 24 and no reopening date has been given at this time. The Disneyland calendar only goes through mid-February, and the monorail is down for that entire time. Haunted Mansion Holiday is also scheduled to close on January 10 for several weeks as it is reverted to the classic attraction, and “it’s a small world” Holiday will be closing for several weeks beginning January 24 as Cast Members change the ride back to its original form.