Is Voyage of the Little Mermaid Reopening at Hollywood Studios?

Voyage of the Little mermaid exterior
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Voyage of the Little Mermaid was a fan favorite for decades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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The Classic Attraction and its Cancelation

The attraction retold the 1989 movie through a 17-minute show that utilized puppets, live actors, music, and special stage effects.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Voyage of the Little Mermaid (1993), Credit: Disney.

Located at the Animation Courtyard section of the park, the show included renditions of the Oscar-winning song “Under the Sea” as well as “Part of Your World” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” Among its signature elements was a 12-foot-tall Ursula puppet, black lighting, and bubbles that fell from the ceiling.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Disney attractions – particularly live shows – were shut down when the parks reopened. Among those was Voyage of the Little Mermaid, which to this day has not come back. However, it has recently been reported that the Walt Disney World Resort is asking park Guests their opinions about the attraction.

Little Mermaid

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Survey Signals

The Walt Disney World survey, which includes the attraction in its queries, signals that Disney is still determining whether or not it should keep the attraction, change it, or replace it entirely.

Street Scene in Hollywood Studios

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It is not uncommon for Disney theme parks to ask for Guest opinions through a survey. The theme parks then use the data to get an idea of how Guests perceive some aspects of the park. But in a recent survey, Guests were asked about the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show. Participants were asked if the attraction is: Boring, Immersive, Insensitive, Personal Favorite, Iconic, or Dated. Survey participants could also choose “Not familiar” or “None of these.”

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Currently, the label on the Walt Disney World website is still on the attraction when viewing a map. However, it is not listed as a park attraction, not even one that is “Temporarily unavailable.”

Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Regardless, it seems like the future of Voyage of the Little Mermaid is still very much up in the air…or would ‘under the sea’ be a more appropriate analogy?

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)