Ariel in the parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On May 4, 2017
    Heather from MN Asked

    My 3 year old loves Ariel and I think has her first crush on prince Eric. When we told her we are going to Disney world in a couple weeks she asked if she could see prince Eric and give him a hug. Is there anywhere to meet Prince Eric?

    Hi Heather,

    How positively adorable that your little one is so enamored with Prince Eric and Ariel! I have a few ideas that I think she will love when you visit Walt Disney World.

    A new character dining experience called Bon Voyage Breakfast recently debuted at Trattoria al Forno restaurant on Disney's BoardWalk. This breakfast features Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, as well as Ariel and Prince Eric! I would suggest that you make a reservation for this as this is likely the only place she will be able to meet Prince Eric. I also want to let you know that character appearances are subject to change, so it might be prudent not to tell her that he will be there and let it be a surprise! You mention that you are heading to Walt Disney World in a couple of weeks, so it might be tricky to get a reservation this close to the date. I suggest that you be flexible with the date and time of your reservation.

    At Magic Kingdom, there are many opportunities for Little Mermaid experiences. You can see both Ariel and Prince Eric in audio-animatronic form on Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid, a ride-through of the story of the movie. You can also see Ariel in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom, where she leads a colorful section of the parade. Finally, you can meet Ariel at her Grotto. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, you can also see a stage retelling of the Little Mermaid in Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you. Please let us know if you have any further questions, Heather!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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