On February 2, 2015, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid closed for a month-long refurbishment. While the ride was originally scheduled to reopen March 6, it opened two days early, giving Magic Kingdom Guests a glimpse of some very important changes that greatly improved the overall experience.
The biggest scene of the attraction, known as Under the Sea, was completely refurbished. It now makes use of "black lights" to hide parts of the ceiling.


Here you are two videos of the attraction. The first one is a video shot on March 4, 2015 (the same day the attraction reopened), while the second one was shot back in 2012. Notice the differences:

OLD VERSION (2012):



CURRENT VERSION (2015):



As you have seen, the new black lights make the attraction feel like a classic Fantasyland dark ride, while also highlighting the Audio-Animatronics and animated figures that populate the ride. In addition to the upgraded lighting, more fish and other undersea creatures were added in some areas that were formerly too empty or too dark to be seen.

But there's more. The more careful viewers will have surely noticed that the hair of some of the Audio-Animatronic figures was also upgraded. The previously plastic-looking hair has been replaced on all the figures in the scenes depicting above-water locations (like "Kiss the Girl" scene and the finale).

What do you think? Do you like the upgraded version of this attraction? Feel free to share your opinions.

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