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Old 02-08-2013, 12:36 PM   #16
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When the Little Mermaid ride opened at DCA and for a number of months afterwards, Ariel's hair was jokingly referred to as a 'Dole Whip 'do' - I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find pictures of it on the web. They eventually shut the ride down for a rehab and one of the biggest changes was her hair.

Haven't been to WDW (1st trip in 5 weeks), so can't comment on the ride there.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #17
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I wonder if the one in California is having the same problems?
I have never seen it down in CA
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:12 PM   #18
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:26 PM   #19
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Really hoping the problems are resolved for at least one day when we are there it two weeks. My older DD's name is Aeriell, spelled different yes but Ariel is by far her favorite and she has been looking forward to something like this for years.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:48 PM   #20
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The ride has been up and down a lot FREQUENTLY within the last two months. Right now, some quickly-scheduled maintenance was diagnosed for the ride. [I think it ends today?]

Anyways, from what I've been hearing Flotsam and Jetsam FINALLY move, and the Ariel in the big Under the Sea scene is working properly again. Btw, she never had problems with her hair, since WDW never received the Dole Whip doo in the the first place. She's always had the underwater ponytail.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:59 PM   #21
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We were at DLR last week for 4 days and never saw it down. I also never saw it with longer than a 5 minute wait either.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #22
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Btw, she never had problems with her hair, since WDW never received the Dole Whip doo in the the first place. She's always had the underwater ponytail.
Seems like I read something somewhere about a hair issue on this ride but it was with King Whats-his-face's beard. Can't be positive since I'm going on memory.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:06 PM   #23
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We were just there from Marathon weekend through MLK day and were in the MK about 5 of those day. I only saw the ride down once during the afternoon.

Also, this was one of my 2yo DS favorite rides this trip (aside from Dumbo and Goofy's Barnstormer of course)
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:18 PM   #24
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I've always strongly associated with Ursula. I pretty much am her without the tentacles and pet eels.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:23 PM   #25
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We were there during the previews in October. The ride stopped twice while we were on it - one time for quite a few minutes so my 3 year old hates it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:38 PM   #26
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So strange... I've never seen the one at DCA down (and I go a lot.) It's also almost always a walk on, but that's because it's been there for awhile. I personally love that ride and am sad to see that so many people don't like it. The Little Mermaid came out when I was 3 years old and was one of my very favorite childhood movies, so that ride is very special to me.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:42 PM   #27
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I was there last month and there was no problem with it..I got lucky and went when there was no line!! THe ride is adorable!!!!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:53 PM   #28
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I've always strongly associated with Ursula. I pretty much am her without the tentacles and pet eels.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:24 PM   #29
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The ride has been up and down a lot FREQUENTLY within the last two months. Right now, some quickly-scheduled maintenance was diagnosed for the ride.

Anyways, from what I've been hearing Flotsam and Jetsam FINALLY move, and the Ariel in the big Under the Sea scene is working properly again. Btw, she never had problems with her hair, since WDW never received the Dole Whip doo in the the first place. She's always had the underwater ponytail.
Flotsam and Jetsam are supposed to move?!!! If so, I never saw them move once when I was there late November-Mid December
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:51 PM   #30
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It was down on Super Bowl Sunday and thankfully they put up the easel regarding the fastpasses at the front of new Fantasyland because we were able to see it was back up on our way to Philharmagic. We noticed Ariel was a little cross eyed in the Under the Sea part... unless that's intentional, but I somehow doubt it.
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