Posts Tagged ‘Voyage of the Little Mermaid’

SATURDAY SIX: Six “Easter Eggs” in the Magic Kingdom

by on February 20, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at Six “Easter Eggs” in the Magic Kingdom. Yes, we love the awesome rides, the incredible resorts, and the mouth watering restaurants at WDW, but the more trips we take the more we appreciate all the little details throughout The World. While most guests know of Hidden Mickeys, there are many other Easter eggs to discover, many of which are hidden are in plain sight. Today we are going to look at some of our favorite “Easter eggs” at the Magic Kingdom, so sit back, keep your head on a swivel, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…

# 6 – Mr. Toad in The Haunted Mansion

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, an opening day ride at the Magic Kingdom that entertained guests in Fantasyland until 1998, was the first Disney attraction to have a failed online petition trying to save it. Since then, almost every single attraction that Disney and Universal have closed to make something new has garnered some sort of online support. There was even an outpouring of support for the Sorcerer’s Hat at DHS, an item which – at best – could be called an eyesore.

There are many of us who still miss Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and thankfully there still are a couple of references to Mr. Toad still at the Magic Kingdom today. One of these is located at The Haunted Mansion, and can be seen as you exit the building. There is a small pet cemetery on your left, and if you look towards the back, you’ll see a gravestone for Mr. Toad.


The Pet Cemetary outside The Haunted Mansion. (photo by Brandon Glover)


Mr. Toad. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Recommended supplements: The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast with Jim Hill and Len Testa. Episode 92: The Save Mr. Toad Protests. To listen, click HERE.

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The Best Disney World Attractions for Naps

by on August 11, 2015

Carousel of Progress is a famous nap location, but is it the top choice?

Carousel of Progress is a popular nap location, but is it the top choice? Photo by Maddi Higgins

Naps are absolutely essential to a successful day at Walt Disney World. Human bodies are not designed to survive the high temperatures and treacherous treks through a Disney park. Unfortunately, whether it’s the timing of a reservation or the location of your hotel, it may not be possible to leave the park for your break. Lucky for you, I’ve done the strenuous research to discover the single best attraction in each park for a nap. My recommendations are based on the following criteria:

  • Comfort of Seating: It’s impossible to fall asleep if you can’t get in a comfortable position.
  • Length of Show: A 2-minute nap will not cut it when you need rest.
  • Temperature of Location: The point is to get out of the Florida sun. Naps are time to cool off.
  • Level of Noise and Light: If you fall asleep, you don’t want to be jerked awake by noise and bright lights.

Magic Kingdom Winner: Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents is famous for its napping accommodations. Unofficial Guide readers report it as their go-to spot for cranky kids—and adults—to relax. The location scores high in all napping qualifications.

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The Disney (Soap) Bubble

by on August 10, 2015

If you’re visiting Walt Disney World, chances are you’re living in the Disney bubble, or rather, the Disney bubbles.

Many guests refer to the immersive environment of the theme parks and resorts as the “Disney Bubble,” but what I’m talking about here is actual bubbles: air-filled soap spheres.

Bubbles from heaven.

Bubbles from heaven at the Nemo show.

While I was at Walt Disney World last week, I read a rumor that the Voyage of the Little Mermaid attraction was next on the Disney’s Hollywood Studios overhaul chopping block. (I have no inside scoop on this, but at the rate DHS attractions are kicking the bucket it seemed like a credible threat.) Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a sentimental favorite of mine, so I made an unplanned detour to DHS to get into one last viewing before its possible retirement. After watching Ariel earn her sea land legs, I hightailed it back to my planned tour of the Animal Kingdom and ended up at Finding Nemo- The Musical less than an hour later.

Besides overprotective fathers and songs about sea life, these two shows have one other notable thing in common: bubbles. During both Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo: The Musical key moments are punctuated by showers of tens of thousands of bubbles raining from the sky.

She's swimming in bubbles.

This effect makes some sense in both these shows. Mermaid and Nemo each take place in an aquatic setting. Bubbles are a relatively easy way to convey a sense of the texture of the foamy seas. But while the bubbles did make sense in both locations, seeing the same sensory tool employed in a similar manner in more than one attraction in such a short time span made me wonder whether maybe Disney is perhaps overusing bubbles such that they’re no longer a very “special” effect.

So I started thinking … In addition to Mermaid and Nemo, bubbles are used at Walt Disney World in the following attractions:

  • Disney Junior Live On Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are bubbles in the Doc McStuffins segment. The bubbles are supposed to be part of a sink overflow storyline, but they’re mostly used to get the preschool-aged audience up on their feet. Oh, and there’s also a flurry of faux snow during the Sofia the First segment and a shower of “gold doubloons” by Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
  • MuppetVision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Miss Piggy’s song is accompanied by a bubble shower.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic at the Magic Kingdom. Bubbles rain down during the Little Mermaid segment. (Or at least they did. Recently this element has been nonfunctional.)

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Voyage of the Little Mermaid Refurbishment

by on November 29, 2008

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid will be closed for refurbishment January 27-29. 2009.

Mermaid returns from hiatus

by on July 24, 2008

After a lengthy refurbishmnt period the Little Mermaid on the sign for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show has finally returned to the Studios park.

Mermaid enthusiasts will want to catch her soon before she swims off again – as this complete sign is a rare and uncommon experience in the park.

Mermaid Refurb

by on November 26, 2007

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid show at MGM will be closed for refurbishment December 10 – 14, 2007.