Tucked away in the very back of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World is a meet and greet area for one of Disney’s best loved princesses. Called Ariel’s Grotto, the alcove is located between the Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant and Pooh’s Playful Spot.
Ariel, of course, was made famous in the 1989 Disney animated blockbuster “The Little Mermaid.” She was portrayed as the rebellious daughter of King Triton, ruler of the seas. Her biggest desire was to shed her flipper and grow two legs to join man on land (and fall in love).
As it would be impossible for Ariel to walk around with her flipper, her grotto is one of the few places where youngsters can get their picture with her in full costume. She remains stationary on the rock while kids come up to her for her autograph and some snapshots.
Ariel is able to move her flipper, and of course interacts with the children. Asking them questions and a several well-placed smiles puts the kids at ease before the photographer does their job.
The grotto is decorated with many ‘under the sea’ artifacts including coral, sea-shells, starfish, etc. It also serves as a play area for kids.
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Thanks to SpenceJT who provided the video above of a young girl meeting Ariel.