• On May 31, 2011
    Alicia from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning a trip this Nov. 2011. Will Ariel's grotto be open?

    Hi Alicia,

    Ariel's Grotto is now closed to make way for the Fantasyland expansion & I have heard of no plans to reopen it.  Exciting news though, Ariel will be included as part of the Fantasyland expansion in the Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction. Although no specific dates are given for the opening of the attraction, the new parts of Fantasyland are scheduled to open in phases beginning in late 2012.

    For now, Ariel is currently appearing in her human form for meet & greets at the Magic Kingdom. Look for her in the Adventureland Veranda Gazebo. Be sure to check your Times Guide when you enter the park for appearance times.

    Although you can't "meet" her, Ariel can also be seen in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade held most afternoons in the Magic Kingdom. You can also see Ariel in The Voyage of the Little Mermaid  & Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    Ariel has also been known to appear at Cinderella's Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom & the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. There is no guarantee which princesses will appear - it varies. 

    Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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