Video: Voices of Ariel and Ursula perform in grand opening splash for The Little Mermaid ride at Disneyland Resort

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In an exciting ceremony that puts the “grand” in “grand opening,” Disneyland Resort called upon two famous voices to help mark the debut of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, the new dark ride based on the classic animated film.

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On a stage in front of the elaborate new ride entrance, Disneyland Resort held an equally elaborate grand opening ceremony today for The Little Mermaid ride. The entertainment began on land with musical performances and a dedication and then continued as guests were invited to travel under the sea with Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, and the gang from The Little Mermaid in the new dark ride adventure.

Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel, and Sherie Rene Scott, Broadway performer of Ursula, treated invited press at the Disney California Adventure theme park to a rousing renditions familiar tunes from The Little Mermaid. Also in attendance was Alan Menken who wrote the Oscar winnings songs performed today.

We were there to capture the grand opening excitement and bring you video of the live performances from Benson, Scott, and other Disney singers in front of the entrance to The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure:

Jodi Benson sings “Part of Your World”:

Sherie Rene Scott sings “Poor Unfortunate Souls”:

Finale medley performance featuring Disney singers and the return of Benson and Scott with a grand opening moment:

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The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is now open at Disney California Adventure.

More photos from the grand opening of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure:
(Photos by Josh Daws and Ricky Brigante. Thanks to Jeremiah Daws for live-blogging the event.)

Last year, during Disneyland’s “What’s Next” presentation, Jodi Benson sang a medley of “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea”:

This year’s “What’s Next” presentation at the Disneyland Resort will take place tomorrow afternoon in the middle of the Carsland construction site, so any number of surprises could pop up then.

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