‘Voyage of the Little Mermaid’ is a ‘Fin’tastic Stage Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A fish named Flounder and a crazy crab called Sebastian join Ariel and the rest of the cast under the sea in “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” a unique show spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Featuring dazzling special effects, the show combines live performers with giant puppets and favorite clips from the film to tell the delightful story of Ariel.

Guests are plunged deep into fantasy as they enter a theater that recalls an underwater grotto complete with a curtain of water on stage. Even the air smells salty, and the audience can feel the sea mist and wind.

Sebastian kicks off the voyage with his Academy Award-winning melody, “Under the Sea,” with more than 100 black-light puppets performing to the toe-tapping tune.

Ariel shares her dream of becoming human in a live performance of the song “Part of Your World,” casting her ethereal voice throughout the theater. The segment is highlighted by several scenes from the movie, drawing the audience into the mermaid’s wide-eyed fantasy of winning the heart of her true love, Eric.

But evil enters the picture in the form of the 12-foot-tall, 10-foot-wide villain known as Ursula. With her deep voice dripping of sarcasm, she belts out “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” tempting Ariel with the chance to become human. Desperate for the opportunity, the red-headed mermaid agrees to trade her prized possession . . . her voice.

The transformation from mermaid to human is accompanied by a powerful musical composition that foreshadows Ursula’s wicked plan.

The story unfolds in a climactic finale, combining film, live action and sensational special effects. Sebastian, Flounder, Triton the King of the Sea, and Max the Dog join Ariel and Eric in the exciting final segment, guaranteed to leave the audience with a smile.

“Voyage of the Little Mermaid” is a Disney fairy tale transformation — from critically acclaimed feature film to record-setting video to sensory stage show.

“Voyage of the Little Mermaid” features the original music from the film, created by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

“Voyage of the Little Mermaid” also features Disney’s FASTPASS — offered at no charge to park guests — designed to reduce waiting times at popular attractions in all four Walt Disney World theme parks.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios immerses guests in the glamour of show business 365 days a year with thrilling attractions, incredible Broadway-style shows, world-class atmosphere entertainment and interactive film, television and radio production facilities. The theme park is part of the 25,000-acre Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.

For more information, call 407/824-4321 or visit disneyworld.com.