And no, we aren’t talking about Splash Mountain. The Magic Kingdom’s now-extinct log flume attraction also opened in 1992, but for this confirmed closure, we’ll need to head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios includes some of the Resort’s most incredible themed lands like Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, along with the more-popular-then-ever nighttime spectacular, Fantasmic! Still, some experiences did not reopen with the rest of this Disney Park during the summer of 2020, and one attraction is now confirmed to be permanently closed.
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In addition to its family-focused attractions like Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and thrill rides like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Hollywood Studios is known for its live performances. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Fantasmic!, and Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage have been staples in the Park for several years.
Along with these shows, Guests have also enjoyed seeing Voyage of the Little Mermaid in the Animation Courtyard during their trips to the theme park over the last 30 years. This show sadly did not reopen with the rest of Walt Disney World in 2020, and has remained closed since the pandemic forced the closure of the entire Resort in March of that year.
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While Disney has never announced that the attraction is closed permanently, all signs point in this direction, and a recent report confirms this thought. Over the last year, Cast Members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have (anonymously) shared on social media that the interior of the building was experiencing a mold infestation and therefore, would not reopen.
On top of this obvious problem, Disney removed the attraction from its website (along with other experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, like Jedi Training Academy and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.)
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In the latest report on the attraction from Inside the Magic, pieces of the attraction (notably the puppets that were used alongside live performers) are being sold off. Between reports of the mold infestation, puppets being sold, and Disney removing the show from it’s website, it seems safe to say that Voyage of the Little Mermaid will not return to Hollywood Studios.
The closed attraction featured a 17-minute musical rendition of The Little Mermaid (1989) with the film’s full cast of characters including Ariel, Prince Eric, King Triton, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, and of course, Ursula with her iconic performance of “Poor Unfortunate Souls“. Voyage of the Little Mermaid used singers, dancers, and puppeteers for its shows that once ran multiple times throughout the day at this Disney Park.