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Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure scene

Disney has released a new video that offers a behind-the-scenes look at The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, which is set to open at Disney California Adventure later in 2011.

The video, hosted by Disney Imagineer Lisa Girolami, includes a look at models for the new attraction as well as under-construction sets. Work to install the OmniMover ride system (similar to the one used in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion) is said to be underway, and scenery is being installed. The advanced animatronic figures that will recreate Ariel's undersea world are yet to added, with much of the attraction's $100 million budget believed to have been invested in them.

Ariel's Undersea Adventure will feature "clamshell" ride vehicles reminiscent of those used in the Nemo & Friends attraction at Epcot. After encountering an animatronic version of Ariel, guests will travel on a journey under the sea featuring music from the classic "The Little Mermaid" movie.

You can find out more about Disney's latest headline attraction in our in-depth preview of The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

A near-identical version of the attraction is due to open as part of an expanded Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in 2012, under the name Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Disney is investing $1.1 billion into updating Disney's California Adventure, which will see a number of attraction upgrades and additions over the next 2 years. This includes the nighttime spectacular World of Color (which opened last year), plus a whole new land - Cars Land - featuring the $200 million Radiator Springs Racers attraction.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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