Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney’s Blue Sky Cellar

| June 17, 2011

I love stopping by the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure to see what’s new and check out some of the Imagineering secrets.  For the last few months the Cellar has been displaying some exhibits on the design and creation of the newest attraction The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.  For those who didn’t see this display, here are a few pictures.

The Blue Sky Cellar has several display areas.  Drawings, artist conceptions, test prints and floor plans cover one whole wall.

A mock up drawing station shows sketches of several versions of the track layout at Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.  You can get an idea of how the attraction and storyline evolved.  Even the direction of the ride vehicles through the building changed.

At this station they showed tests of colors and designs as they would appear on art glass.  This would later be used on the main marquee at the attraction’s entrance.

Here are some “early concept sketches of scenic elements and animated figures.”  I love the notations and suggestions that appear on the drawings.

Here is the full final track layout for The Little Mermaid.  You see the progression of the clamshell vehicles from scene to scene and also how each vehicle is facing in each area.  It’s fun to see this overhead view, because when you are riding the attraction there is so much to look at that you aren’t aware of the turns as you go through the show building.

Across the room is a small model of the full attraction.  Here you can see the “Under the Sea” celebration room and representations of many of the elements that were eventually used.

Here is another look at the model showing the concept of the finale room.  This is very bare in this model and would be filled with many characters and special effects in the finished version.

On the side wall are some of the new attraction posters for the Little Mermaid and several other attractions at California Adventure.  These posters are reminiscent of the classic attractions posters that you find throughout the Disneyland Resort.

On the far side of the Blue Sky Cellar’s presentation area, Imagineers have replaced the large map of the new California Adventure with a high tech, high definition display screen which shows all the new areas and attractions.  Can’t wait until it’s finished!

Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is now open.  Click to see more about the attraction or the opening ceremonies.

Soon the exhibits at the Blue Sky Cellar will be changing.  Can’t wait to see what’s next!


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  • deekaypee

    I’ve been meaning to tell you, Wayne (and the rest of the Disneyland team) how much I appreciate your contributions to the DIS Unplugged podcasts and blog. As a WDW regular who considers DLR her first love, I appreciate being able to get my fix through you. And these posts and the podcasts are perfect as I prep for my DLR/D23 trip. I’m definitely taking my time at Disney’s Blue Sky Cellar! Thank you, and kudos for a job well done.

    And especially you, Wayne…love, love, love the history and attention to Imagineering – your “specialties” on the podcast.

  • serverguy

    Just realized I left this on the first, not the last blog I found. So it is duplicated here.

    I have recently found this blog and the webcasts. It will take a few hours to hear the last couple of months and get a little more up to speed but, already, I have found that one of your members seems to have an excellent, in-depth knowledge of all things Disney and also about Knotts and other attractions. Also his photography is excellent. I went through several of the blogs and not a one of his pix are blurry or out of focus. That’s a rare talent. Either I need a new camera or he needs to give a photography class!

    Thanks, Wayne T., for the excellent posts. And the audio commentary is well organized, very informative and well presented. Not so with some other folks I have heard. I would investigate a new mic to get rid of the muddiness however, but otherwise, top notch. You make me want: Gingerbread and to go to Disneyland. Now all I have to do is win a Superbowl.

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