Disney unveils ‘Little Mermaid’ ride

It's the first attraction to showcase toon's characters at Disneyland

Disney unveiled “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” Thursday, the latest attraction to open as part of the company’s $1 billion upgrade of the California Adventure theme park.

With nearly 200 Animatronic figures, ride is the first attraction to showcase the toon’s characters in the park.

On hand for the launch was Disney parks and resorts chaiman Thomas Staggs who introduced film’s music composer Alan Menken.

“There are those overused words, it’s a dream come true, but that’s what it is,” Menken said of having his music come to life in a theme park attraction.

Jodi Benson, who voiced the Little Mermaid for the pic, performed the film’s signature song “Part of Your World,” before the ride’s opening.

Parks typically rely on new rides and attractions to attract guests and increase ticket sales.

The Little Mermaid attraction is similar to Haunted Mansion in that riders board a car (in this case, shaped like a shell) that whisks them past scenes from the film and its colorful undersea world. The five and a half minute ride concludes with a surprise ending.

California Adventure bowed high-tech water show “World of Color” last year, and “Toy Story Mania,” was also part of the upgraded attractions, which have considerably upped attendance levels since their introduction.

The revamp of “Star Tours” is being introduced Friday morning at Disneyland.

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