View Full Version : The Little Mermaid - The ride that almost was.

Richard Bruvofetc
10-11-2007, 01:29 PM
Others may have seen it but I have just found this:


What a shame.

10-11-2007, 03:55 PM
I think that's the ride that was going to be built at DLP but they didn't have enough money. Shame as it looks good.

10-11-2007, 04:14 PM
Beats Voyage of the Little Mermaid.. :lmao:

10-12-2007, 12:53 AM
I would have loved to go on that

10-12-2007, 01:36 AM
I am sure this ride was meant to be for DLRP. shame it never got built.

10-12-2007, 04:05 AM
Looks great DW would have loved it.

10-12-2007, 04:21 AM
it looks fab :thumbsup2

Mickey's Fourth Fing
10-12-2007, 04:29 AM
Looks like I'll just have to get the DVD, a projector and a big screen: and pretend.:lmao: Now would DW allow me to do that?

10-12-2007, 05:07 AM
It looks brillant:thumbsup2

10-12-2007, 06:19 AM
Thanks for posting that link. It would've been such a fabulous ride. I really enjoyed watching it, though.

10-12-2007, 08:26 AM
aahhh I love The Little Mermaid, couldn't afford it, they have millions of dollars.

Ware Bears
10-12-2007, 05:00 PM
It's such a shame, it would have been a lovely ride. :sad1:

When you go in one of the shops in DLRP there is a park map on the wall showing this ride and also another one, Beauty and the Beast.

10-12-2007, 07:10 PM
So, I'm confused, where is this ride that is on this video?

SueM in MN
10-12-2007, 07:29 PM
So, I'm confused, where is this ride that is on this video?
It only exists in digital form. It was one of the features in the 2 disk Little Mermaid DVD and was listed as a ride that never was built.

10-12-2007, 07:34 PM
Are you SERIOUS?!?!? That's on a computer? That is the most lifelike thing I've ever seen!

I feel stupid, but I totally believed that that was real. Please tell me I'm not the only one!

SueM in MN
10-13-2007, 01:06 AM
Are you SERIOUS?!?!? That's on a computer? That is the most lifelike thing I've ever seen!

I feel stupid, but I totally believed that that was real. Please tell me I'm not the only one!
It does look really real. On the original Little Mermaid 2 set DVD, it is still awesome, but doesn't look quite so real. It's been a while since I watched the special features, so I don't remember if some of it was models and some was digital, but it's definately not real.

Here's a great review of the digital ride from a website called ultimatedisney.com (http://www.ultimatedisney.com/littlemermaid-platinumeditionb.html)

The final section, Games & Activities, is void of conventional games and activities. That is almost refreshing, though, since it instead holds one of the rare items falling under this header to deliver major replay value. That item is "Under the Sea Adventure: A Virtual Ride Inspired By Disney Imagineers", a heading which actually covers three listings. "Ride the Attraction" (4:15) takes you on a computer-animated trip on a dark ride which would be at home in Fantasyland. Inside of a seashell boat, you drop below the ocean line (and later ascend above the surface) while encountering various set-ups depicting key scenes from The Little Mermaid. In design, the ride is not all that different from the very popular Peter Pan's Flight.

It feels very much like a real Disney park ride (complete with English and Spanish announcements after departing the queue area), though there are a few obvious differences: you don't get to pick what you look at, but it moves slow enough to allow you to appreciate every detail (something that's definitely not true of most of the brisk Fantasyland attractions). Also, there is no FastPass, but amazingly enough, there is no line whatsoever.

The ride can also be experienced this same way but with an Imagineer in your seashell, if the commentary is turned on. "Ride with the Imagineers" takes that same commentary, but gives you still more ways to visually enjoy the ride. Via split-screen and the angle button (or on-screen icons), you can devote half the screen to a lightly-animated version of actual Imagineer storyboards, a tour of miniature 3-D models, an overhead map of the entire track marking your progress, and, at times, with the dark parts illuminated to see everything. It would have been nice to experience each of these at fullscreen, but that's the closest thing to a drawback. This is a very cool feature, especially since the parks rarely turn up on Disney movies' DVDs (outside of the odd ad) and because all the development work that went into it now gets to be enjoyed by the public. Heck, this would be cool even if the ride had truly been made. Imagine such a feature for the Pooh, Pinocchio, or Mr. Toad rides which do exist. They'd be no substitute for the real thing, but it sure helps you appreciate them and want to go on them.

The commentary -- another neat, unique touch -- is provided by Tony Baxter, senior vice president at Disney Imagineering, who explains the thought that goes into designing a ride like this, from different effects to making sure that guests' eyes are able to adjust to the dark setting. Concluding this sub-section is "Behind The Ride That Almost Was with Disney Imagineers" (5:53), a featurette which puts it all into context. Here, lots of informed interview subjects explain traits of the ride (which was put on hold in 1992) including the little touches that normally don't get appreciated after your vehicle comes to a stop.

10-18-2007, 05:22 PM
I'm thinking they'll create this ride for the new and improved CA Adventure... I know there will be a Little Mermaid ride, so surely they'd use the one they've already taken the time to mock up, right?