Ariel's Grotto is a meet-and-greet area at several Disney parks, as well as a restaurant in Disney California Adventure based on Disney's animated film The Little Mermaid.
Formerly a colorful grotto in which Ariel, in mermaid form, was available for autographs and photo opportunities. The meet-and-greet area was decorated with starfish, coral, and waterfalls. King Triton's Fountain leading to the grotto featured a soft-surface "sandy beach" play zone dotted with jumping fountains. In August 2008, the area at was closed. It has now been re-themed to Pixie Hollow, a Disney Fairies meet-and-greet attraction amid over-sized 'plants' which gives guests the sense of being the size of a fairy.
In April 2010, the Ariel's Grotto attraction at Magic Kingdom was closed. It reopened as part of the New Fantsyland expansion along with the ride Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. It features a similar meet-and-greet, beside the attraction Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. It is in a cave, next to Prince Eric's Castle, surrounded by waterfalls and large rock formations.
Disney California Adventure
Restaurant which offers Character Dining, an opportunity for guests to dine as Ariel and other Disney Princesses visit tables. The restaurant is located on Paradise Pier, and features American, Healthy Selections, and Vegetarian cuisine. World of Color water show upcharge dining package reservations can be made as an alternate to required fastpass general viewing.
Ariel's Greeting Grotto is a character meet-and-greet attraction.