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Ariel's Grotto
Ariel's Grotto, Fantasyland, Disneyland, Anaheim, CA, 2008.08.08 16 37, 3Dl dsc08598.jpg
Meet & Greet with Ariel as it appeared at Disneyland
Area Fantasyland
Status Closed
Opening date 1996 (1996)
Closing date August 17, 2008 (2008-08-17)
Replaced Alpine Gardens
Replaced by Pixie Hollow
Magic Kingdom
Area Fantasyland
(Enchanted Forest)
Status Operating
Soft opening date October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12)
Opening date 1996 (1996)
December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06)
Closing date April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)
Replaced 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage
Disney California Adventure
Area Paradise Pier
Status Closed
Opening date February 9, 2001 (2001-02-09)
Closing date January 8, 2018 (2018-01-08)
Replaced by Lamplight Lounge
Tokyo DisneySea
Area Mermaid Lagoon
Status Closed
Soft opening date March 14, 2005 (2005-03-14)
Opening date April 15, 2005 (2005-04-15)
Closing date January 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)
General statistics
Attraction type Meet and greet area (Magic Kingdom, Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland)
Restaurant (Disney California Adventure)
Theme The Little Mermaid
FastPass+ available

Ariel's Grotto is a meet-and-greet area at several Disney parks, as well as a former restaurant in Disney California Adventure based on Disney's animated film The Little Mermaid.


This was formerly a colorful grotto in which Ariel, in mermaid form, was available for autographs and photo opportunities. The meet-and-greet area was decorated with starfish, coral, and waterfalls. King Triton's Fountain leading to the grotto featured a soft-surface "sandy beach" play zone dotted with jumping fountains. On August 17, 2008, the area officially closed. It has now been re-themed to Pixie Hollow, a Disney Fairies meet-and-greet attraction amid oversized 'plants' which gives guests the sense of being the size of a fairy.

Magic Kingdom

In April 2010, the Ariel's Grotto attraction at Magic Kingdom was closed. It reopened as part of the New Fantasyland expansion along with the ride Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. The similar meet-and-greet sits beside the attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. It is in a cave, next to Prince Eric's Castle, surrounded by waterfalls and large rock formations.

Disney California Adventure

Ariel's Grotto, Paradise Pier
Ariel's Grotto, Paradise Pier, Disney California Adventure in 2010.

Ariel's Grotto was an "under the sea" themed restaurant that offered Character Dining. This gave guests an opportunity to dine with Ariel and other Disney Princesses. The restaurant was located on Paradise Pier, and featured American, Healthy Selections, and Vegetarian cuisine. On January 8th, 2018, Ariel's Grotto closed to make way for the Lamplight Lounge, a restaurant that opened with Pixar Pier on June 23, 2018.

Tokyo DisneySea

Ariel's Greeting Grotto was a character meet-and-greet attraction. Originally closed on March 31, 2020, it was early closed on January 31, 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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