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Ariel to Appear in Select Disney Parks to Promote New ‘The Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Film

Halle Bailey plays Ariel in The Little Mermaid 2023

Ariel from the upcoming live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ movie will begin meeting guests at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris, starting May 26, 2023.

The Details

The all-new live-action story “The Little Mermaid,” is debuting in theaters May 26, 2023, and in celebration of the film’s release, Ariel will be venturing out to select Disney Parks where guests will get to meet her this summer.

At Disneyland, Ariel will greet guests along the promenade near “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park.

At Walt Disney World, Ariel invites guests to be “part of her world” and for a limited time by meeting her, catching a special sneak peek of the new film, and seeing props from the film at Walt Disney Presents Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

And across the Atlantic, Ariel invites everyone visiting Disneyland Paris to head over to Walt Disney Studios Park to join a joyful, limited-time celebration in honor of the new movie release.

The Announcement

Here is Ariel herself, actress Halle Bailey, making the announcement, followed by peek at the movie:

The Film

“The Little Mermaid” live-action film is the beloved story of Ariel (Bailey), a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure.

The youngest daughter of King Triton (Javier Bardem), and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King).

While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula (Melissa McCarthy), which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.

ariel and eric in little mermaid 2023

“The Little Mermaid” 2023 is a live-action remake of Disney’s hit animated 1989 film of the same name – which itself is based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

It also stars Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Jessica Alexander, Noma Dumezweni, Jude Akuwudike, Lorena Andrea, Art Malik, and Kajsa Mohammar.

The film is directed by Rob Marshall (“Mary Poppins Returns“), and Disney Legend and original The Little Mermaid composer Alan Menken teams up with the award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Encanto) to come up with four new songs for the beloved soundtrack.

Tickets are on sale now at your favorite theater, or via Fandango.