EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jun 28, 2011
    Angela from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Going to WDW for the 1st time in Dec 2011. Is Ariels Grotto still open? Found an answer stating it was located in WDW MK, but only find info for Disneyland location. Ariel is my 3 yr olds favorite - so trying to make sure we get to see her at WDW.

    Hi Angela,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel! December is a great time for a first visit to Disney World! Be sure to pick up your "1st Visit" buttons when you check in your resort or at any Guest Relations location. A great souvenEAR to start your trip.

    Ariel's Grotto is indeed now closed to make way for the Fantasyland expansion. Great news for your daughter though - 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 for appearance times. These are available at the entrance of the parks, Guest Relations & most merchandise locations.

    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. If you think you may want to dine at either of these locations, I'd call 407-WDW-DINE as soon as possible as Guests can begin making dining reservations 180 days prior to their trips & these are both very popular locations.

    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 show & Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    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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