As expected, the entire ride feels like new, thanks to the extensive work that has been done around the ride path in the past three months. In addition to better lighting effects and cleaner rockwork (dust had gathered for years, and could be seen even in low light conditions), the Audio-Animatronics received new outfits.
Yes, they are using all the rows again. We went down there on Monday evening and ride it twice, once in the back row, once in the front row. The boats had very little water on them, seats and floors. I also think they removed some of the boats as there was no back up at the end. The attraction looks amazing. I wasn't expecting much, but it was great what they have done. The pictures and video above do it no justice. When you first dispatch, the fog effect in the first portion of the ride was amazing. They added some new strobe light effects, but the under water mermaids we're not visible (wonder if they removed them?) After the storm scene and drop, they sets look absolutely incredible! Thanks to Disney for a great rehab!!