VIDEO - Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid reopens from refurbishment with show scene upgrades

Mar 04, 2015 in "Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid"

The Magic Kingdom's Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid reopened this morning following a 4 week refurbishment.

Improvements have been made throughout the attraction, including more sea creature figures throughout some of the more sparse scenes and new improved lighting.

Early criticism of the ride, which opened in October 2012, was aimed at the high levels of light that were used throughout the show scenes, in particular the large central "under the sea" scene. Much of the ceiling was visible, exposing utility piping and fixtures. The new lighting scheme is closer to the existing Fantasyland rides, using a combination of regular lighting and black light. The change is subtle, but improves the appearance of the scene.

Some of the figures also now include real hair, instead of the solid plastic look. The "kiss the girl" scene in particular is improved.

We've got a full ride through from the new version of the ride, along with an opening day video from 2012 below for comparison.

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Article Posted: Mar 04, 2015 / 9:39am EST