Disney World Character Greeting: Meeting The Little Mermaid at Ariel’s Grotto

On our last day at the Magic Kingdom, the plan was for me to take Scarlett to Enchanted Tales with Belle first thing to beat the crowds. But we were about 10 minutes late for rope drop and Friday was way more crowded than it had been the rest of the week. By the time we got over to Fantasyland, the wait for Belle was 30 minutes. This was too long for a 2 year old!

We skipped out and made a quick trip over to Ariel’s Grotto. The wait was only about 15 minutes to meet Ariel, so we stuck around for that. Scarlett was not fond of waiting there either, but it was at least cool inside the little cave, and she was pretty much contained in line.


I think Scarlett left a trail of Tinker Bell fruit snacks throughout the line. But before too long, it was our turn to meet The Little Mermaid!


Honestly, I think this was the least good character meeting. Ariel was pretty and the environment was awesome, but Ariel wasn’t as bubbly as she was in the movie, and it didn’t last very long.

Scarlett got a nice hug, though. She was happy to have met a mermaid, and to be free from waiting in line.
We wanted to ride Under the Sea as well, but it was closed for the morning, and we had to leave before it opened up again. Boo! Oh well, guess we will have to go back!