Ariel’s Grotto used to be my family’s least favorite place to wait for a character. The line was completely unshaded with only a few pop up sprinklers to cool kids off. Ariel had to take breaks every once and a while (20 min or so) to take a swim since she had her tail when in the Grotto. You could never quite tell just how long the line was which Disney is skilled at doing. We used to wait hours for an autograph and photo from Ariel. Her grotto was surrounded with water and a King Triton statue in the water. The water years ago held my family’s least favorite ride of all time 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I never went on it or if I did I have no recollection of the ride but based on their descriptions, I have no desire to go back in time to experience the submarine voyage. Outside of the Grotto was Scuttle’s Landing with snacks for after you had spent two hours waiting in the sun for a four minute meeting with The Little Mermaid.
I have seen that Ariel has a new grotto in New Fantasyland but I have not visited it yet. From the looks of the outside though, it seems to have a lot more shade than the old waiting line experience. I wish they had kept her old Grotto area and just made a few adjustments to it such as a canopy covering. The stones had so much detail and it was a cool area. I guess I will have to visit her new home and see how it compares but I doubt it will live up to my old memories.