Had a great time at Disneyland (Nov. 6). Got a little rain but that always clears the park out. No lines! One of the best things about this trip was riding The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. I thought this ride was just great. It’s a small ride in a big building. But what a building! The gorgeous facade is truly the gem of the park (for now). The ride itself is a traditional dark ride – but jazzed up with some very advanced animatronics and video installations. Guests take a ride in adorable clam shells through the story of The Little Mermaid. The Ursula figure (pictured) moves with surprising fluidity. The overall impact is charming – it never blows you away per se. But that’s the real appeal of this wonderfully detailed attraction. Just like the film itself, the simple storytelling and great characters make this a welcome addition to Disney California Adventure and the long-standing dark ride tradition of Disney parks.