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If you want to meet Ariel in her Fantasyland Grotto, better do it quickly. The attraction is set to close Aprtil 12th to make way for the Fantasyland expansion which will be completed sometime in 2012-13. In addition to the attraction, the small water playground in front of Ariel's Grotto is great for kids on a hot day and will be missed.
I was hoping that they would keep this attraction open until the Little Mermaid ride was complete, but it looks like this is permanent, not just a refurbishment. You can meet Ariel and Prince Eric in Adventureland starting on May 9th. You can also see Ariel at Hollywood Studios in Voyage of the Little Mermaid. The show, one of the best on property, has a few fun surprises that won't disappoint.
In addition to Ariel's Grotto, Scuttle's Landing snack bar and Pooh's Playful Spot will also close.
By the way, the big rumor going around right now from some pretty good sources is that construction won't start until early 2011 in Toontown, so if you're planning on a trip this year, if this rumor is true, you can still visit. Take it with a grain of salt. I'm wrong . . . often.
Source: Orlando Sentinel.