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Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

An Attraction in Magic Kingdom

Last updated: February 23, 2024

At a Glance

Under the Sea takes riders through almost a dozen scenes retelling the story of The Little Mermaid, with animatronics, video effects, and a vibrant 3-D set the size of a small theater.

Guests board a clamshell-shaped ride vehicle running along a continuously moving track (similar to Haunted Mansion's). Then the ride “descends” under water, past Ariel’s grotto and on to King Triton’s undersea kingdom. The most detailed animatronic is of Ursula, the octopus, and she’s a beauty. Other scenes hit the film’s highlights, including Ariel meeting Prince Eric, her deal with Ursula to become human, and, of course, the couple’s happy ending.

The attraction’s exterior is attractive, with detailed rock work, water, and story elements. (Our favorite effect is a “hidden Mickey”—the shape of Mickey’s head and ears—that is created through a special alignment of the sun’s shadow and the rock work, and only at noon on November 18, Mickey’s birthday.)

The ride isn’t Disney’s most ambitious: Most of the effects throughout the ride are simple and unimaginative, such as starfish that only spin or lobsters that simply turn left and right. Also, virtually the entire second half of the story is condensed into a handful of small scenes crammed together at the end, as if the budget ran out before the ride could be finished properly.

Current Standby Wait Time
Lightning Lane - Genie+
Next Available Return Time:
2:00pm
Guest Overall Rating
Our Overall Rating
Preschool
Grade School
Teens
Young Adults
Over 30
Seniors
Duration
7 min
Rider Switch?
No
Minimum Height
None
Queues
Accessibility
  • Must Transfer to Standard Wheelchair

Ride Through Video

Touring Tips

When To Go
Before 10:30 a.m., during the last 2 hours before closing.
Loading Speed
Fast
Early Theme Park Entry?
Yes
Wait per 100 People Ahead
3 min
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours?
Yes
Expect moderate waits most of the day. If you can, ride early in the morning or late at night.

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Wait Times

Here's roughly how many minutes you'll wait for Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid at each Magic Kingdom Crowd Level.

1
6 to 21
2
11 to 28
3
14 to 32
4
15 to 37
5
18 to 38
6
21 to 42
7
25 to 44
8
30 to 51
9
37 to 57
10
41 to 85
Hourly View and Lightning Lane Return Times
Saturday,
Aug 6, 2022
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Wait Times for
Under the Sea ~ Journey
of the Little Mermaid
Saturday,
August 6, 2022

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August 6, 2022

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Submitted Wait Times
3 min Actual Standby at 10:08am
27 min Actual Standby at 1:22pm
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