Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid concept art

Disney has released a new video showing the company's Imagineers working on "underwater" environments for the upcoming Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid ride at the Magic Kingdom.

In the video, embedded below, Imagineer Eric Miller discusses the methods that the team behind the new dark ride are employing to make riders feel as though they are submerged. The process involves both traditional artistry and modern technology, which are used to bring to life the world in which Ariel and other characters from The Little Mermaid reside.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid will open as part of a major expansion to Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The ride will be almost identical to The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, which opened at Disney California Adventure on June 3, 2011. It will feature an OmniMover ride system similar to that seen used in the Magic Kingdom's existing Haunted Mansion ride.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid is one of the headline attractions in the Fantasyland expansion, which is due to open in phases starting in late 2012. It was recently revealed that the ride's target opening window is in late 2012.

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

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