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|Closing date||August 17, 2008|
|Replaced by||Pixie Hollow|
|Soft opening date||October 12, 2012|
|Opening date||December 6, 2012|
|Disney California Adventure|
|Opening date||February 9, 2001|
|Closing date||January 8, 2018|
|Soft opening date||March 14, 2005|
|Opening date||April 15, 2005|
|Attraction type||Meet and greet area|
|Theme||The Little Mermaid|
This was formerly a colorful grotto in which Ariel, in mermaid form, was available for autographs and photo opportunities. The meet-and-greet area was decorated with starfish, coral, and waterfalls. King Triton's Fountain leading to the grotto featured a soft-surface "sandy beach" play zone dotted with jumping fountains. On August 17, 2008, the area officially closed. It has now been re-themed to Pixie Hollow, a Disney Fairies meet-and-greet attraction amid oversized 'plants' which gives guests the sense of being the size of a fairy.
In April 2010, the Ariel's Grotto attraction at Magic Kingdom was closed. It reopened as part of the New Fantasyland expansion along with the ride Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. The similar meet-and-greet sits beside the attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. It is in a cave, next to Prince Eric's Castle, surrounded by waterfalls and large rock formations.
Disney California Adventure
Ariel's Grotto was an "under the sea" themed restaurant that offered Character Dining. This gave guests an opportunity to dine with Ariel and other Disney Princesses. The restaurant was located on Paradise Pier, and featured American, Healthy Selections, and Vegetarian cuisine. On January 8th, 2018, Ariel's Grotto closed to make way for a new experience as part of the Paradise Pier renovations towards the new Pixar Pier experience.
Ariel's Greeting Grotto is a character meet-and-greet attraction.