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Meet Ariel at Her Grotto

Meet Ariel at Her Grotto

An Attraction in Magic Kingdom

Last updated: February 28, 2024

At a Glance

This is Ariel’s home turf, next to the Under the Sea ride. In the base of the seaside cliffs under Prince Eric’s Castle, Ariel (in mermaid form) greets guests from a seashell throne.

An older couple from San Antonio visited the Grotto but didn’t find what they were expecting:

The description of Ariel’s Grotto on the park map read, “Visit Ariel and all her treasures,” which led us to believe it was some sort of walk-through gallery. Curious, we were ushered into Ariel’s Treasure Room. Imagine our surprise when we saw a young woman dressed only in a clamshell bra and a fish tail. When we told her that we didn’t want to have our picture taken with her—I could just imagine having a picture of a scantily clad woman on my desk—she looked hurt and said, “You don’t want a picture of me?”
Current Standby Wait Time
Lightning Lane - Genie+
Gone
Guest Overall Rating
Our Overall Rating
Preschool
Grade School
Teens
Young Adults
Over 30
Seniors
Duration
3 min
Rider Switch?
No
Minimum Height
None
Queues
Accessibility
  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV

Touring Tips

When To Go
Before 11 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
Early Theme Park Entry?
No
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours?
No
The Grotto may close 30-60 minutes before the rest of the park. The greeting area is set up almost as if to encourage guests to linger with Ariel, which keeps the line long. The queue isn’t air-conditioned, which is surprising for a venue that’s supposed to store fish.

See our Disney character meet and greet tips and frequently asked questions page for more information on meeting characters.

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Wait Times

Here's roughly how many minutes you'll wait for Meet Ariel at Her Grotto at each Magic Kingdom Crowd Level.

1
18 to 32
2
20 to 38
3
24 to 38
4
26 to 42
5
28 to 43
6
30 to 45
7
32 to 47
8
34 to 50
9
38 to 51
10
41 to 59
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Feb 7, 2016
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February 7, 2016

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Submitted Wait Times
3 min Actual Standby at 9:13am
10 min Posted Standby at 9:13am
15 min Posted Standby at 10:09am

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