The original Broadway version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid musical was derided by critics for having the cast propel around the stage on wheelie sneakers to simulate swimming. It never really worked and instead took the audience out of the performance.
In the Japanese production at the Shiki Theatre Company, the creative team chose a different tact and used beautiful wirework similar to what you see in the Finding Nemo stage show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
I’m not sure what to make about Ariel’s floating hair, you be the judge:
Compare that with this preview for the US version, The performers gave it their all, but those roller skates were just weird.
If Disney Theatrical was planning a revival of the show, which version would you rather see?