When Disney opens The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure in June, guests will be treated to lifelike animated figures of popular characters and today Disney has shown off the capabilities of one of the Audio-Animatronics that will be featured in the ride.
In a behind-the-scenes video, Imagineers are seen programming and installing the large new Ursula animatronic figure, showing off her range of motion and other capabilities:
Ursula is just one of many advanced animatronic figures that will be seen in the new dark ride based on the film The Little Mermaid. Ariel, the Little Mermaid herself, will feature highly-articulated facial expressions and plenty of other creatures will dance and sing as guests travel “under the sea.”
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will open at Disney California Adventure on June 3, 2011, followed by an opening at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida some time in 2012 as part of the New Fantasyland expansion.
The ride has certainly come along way from sketches!!! I'm really looking forward to this ride. Unfortunately I won't be seeing it till it hits WDW in 2012!
Disney is, of course, already releasing commemorative collectibles for the big day! A couple of Vinylmations have been released as well as a pin!
While they've been working on the ride there have large walls keeping people from seeing what all was going on. On flickr there are some great pics (by Loren Javier) of what it looks like now plus several from before the walls came down. Check them out here
There are also more pictures of the updates here.