Mermaid Hunting: We have seen them riding seaward on the waves. But where is Ariel, how do we pin her fins to the floor?

We like to sit out and look for mermaids in the sea.  Have you ever tried it?

A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. They first began appearing in 1000 BC.

The legend began with the Syrian fertility goddess Atargatis, who jumped into the water to become a fish to find that only the lower half of her body had transformed. Over the years, mermaids and mermen have often been described as helping or hurting humans who are lost at sea. Many Pacific Island cultures believe that humans actually descended from mermaids, and at one point, our fins just dropped off and we were able to walk on land.

Sound familiar?

Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s the Little Mermaid, and the Starbucks Logo came to life.

I have really only known the Little Mermaid in Disney’s 1989 form, younger generations know that she now has a daughter!! And I also know the story of her mother’s untimely demise. If you haven’t seen them, look for “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” and “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea”. The original movie was actually set to begin around the same time as “Snow White” – as a series of Hans Christian Anderson films.  In 1987, songwriter Howard Ashman nudged it to life. He and composer Alan Menken created the songs that received the Academy Award for Best Original Score. I personally saw the movie the first weekend it came out in theaters, on 181st at a theater that is now closed!!. 

At Disney Hollywood Studios, we definitely suggest going on the Voyage of the Little Mermaid (not a voyage at all, but a puppet show). The show is about 17 minutes and every seat will give you a great view. Ursula and her minions get a bit frightening but it only lasts a second.

At the Magic Kingdom Park, Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid is a winner. Although lines are long even for fast pass riders, there is entertainment along the way. This is definitely a ride not to be missed.  Many of the songs from the show are featured.

We still haven’t been able to meet 16 year old Ariel in her cove, which is located just next to the Magic Kingdom Under the Sea ride. Fast passes are required and hard to get. I’m hoping that once we do, we see that she was able to keep all of the hidden human treasures that her father King Triton forbid her from touching. 

You will meet Ariel if you dine at Akershus Banquet Hall or Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Have you started to wonder whether our constant search for a real live mermaid might not be so ridiculous after all? Try it yourself.  I can’t yet explain where singing crabs come from, but let us know if you see one of those, too. 

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