Friday, January 21, 2011
Disney Parks released yesterday a very interesting video showing WDI Imagineers at work on the highly awaited Little Mermaid attraction opening in four months at Disney's California Adventure. As usual the editing is quite fast as they want to show Disney fans more about the ride but not too much! So, we're going to "stop the time" a little bit and have a closer look at all this in detail with these screen captures - click on each to see them in bigger size.
Imagineer Lisa Girolami takes us behind the curtain (or under the waves) to give us a first look at Ariel's world. It begins at WDI with Imagineers at the drawing board.
The video also disclose never seen before WDI artwork of different scenes of the ride like this one which might show a scene at the very beginning...
...or this one, in fact a closer shot of the "Under the Sea" sequence artwork...
...or this other one, very interesting, as it shows how the guests will have the feeling to be "under the sea" for real, thanks to WDI "dry for wet" special effects.
The video provides also a new shot of the ride's model...
...as well as rare shots of Imagineers at work on the ride's characters...
...and even the first shot of one of the Audio-Animatronics being programmed by WDI programmers.
But of course what we are all waiting for is pictures of the inside decor of the ride that Imagineers have almost finished to build. On this first picture showing a sunken galleon you can clearly see the track for the ride vehicle. But what Lisa Girolami is not telling you in the video is that this scene (if my memory is right) will be the ride's opening, i.e that the ride vehicle will enter and go through this galleon before going down under the sea - if i'm wrong, at least it will be the case for sure in the WDW version.
Always from the video this other scene decor showing, too, the ride track - currently WDI Imagineers are working on it.
These next shots are showing the huge decor for the "Under the Sea" sequence as well as some of the characters, already in place.
As you can see all of this looks pretty exciting and my only hope is that, after DCA and WDW, the Little Mermaid attraction will come soon at DLP. In the meantime as i'm sure you're dying to see the whole video, here it is below.
Pictures and video: copyright Disney