A new version of a stage show based around “The Little Mermaid” will debut in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the fall of 2024.
The production will be staged in the park’s Animation Courtyard theater space, which played host to “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” from 1992 until Disney World’s COVID-19 shutdown in mid-March 2020. The puppetry-dominated performance never reopened, with some of its signage being removed more than two years ago.
Nothing concrete about the theater’s future had been announced until Tuesday, when Disney revealed the replacement show, dubbed “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure.”
“When it opens, the show will feature stunning new set pieces, cutting-edge effects, and a bold new design that captures Ariel’s imagination and emotions through her unique view of the world around her,” Disney said on its official Parks Blog.
The show will be based around the 1989 animated film, not its 2023 live action remake. While the new show will utilize puppetry like its predecessor, it will also feature another song from the film — “Kiss the Girl” alongside the returning “Part of Your World” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”
“The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure” is one of two new attractions coming to Walt Disney World in 2024, alongside Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, an overhaul of Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom themed around another Disney animated film, 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog.”