Disney’s The Little Mermaid has become one of Hollywood’s top grossing films. By bringing the coveted role to life, Halle Bailey has become the real-life princess Ariel, inspiring girls worldwide. Now, Disney Branded Television is taking the success of The Little Mermaid to another level…preschool. The entertainment giant has greenlit a new animated series, Disney Junior’ Ariel.

Photo Credit: Disney

“For more than 30 years, the story of ‘The Little Mermaid’ has been beloved by audiences all over the world. It brings me so much joy to be able to introduce our new Disney Junior version of Ariel to preschoolers everywhere,” Disney Branded Television’s president, Ayo Davis said while making the announcement about the series recently during the Annecy International Film Festival in Annecy, France.


Alyssa Sapire, senior vice president of development, series and strategy for Disney Junior added, “As we were developing ‘Disney Junior’s Ariel,’ we knew that we wanted to create an atmosphere that was vibrant and magical and showcased our young Ariel’s imagination, which, like our preschool audience watching at home, is as big as the sea.”

So, just what can preschool fans and parents expect to see in this new adaptation of The Little Mermaid‘s story?

Well, for starters, all of those who live under the sea, will make an appearance in the series. That’s right, get ready for entertaining favorites that include: King Triton, Ursula, Sebastian and Flounder. But, those aren’t the only characters that will put in an appearance. In true Disney fashion, there will of course be some new and exciting additions to the underwater adventure for fans to fall in love with as well.

According to Deadline, below is a brief synopsis of the action!

Set in the fantastical Caribbean-inspired underwater kingdom of Atlantica, the series follows Ariel as she embarks on fun-filled, action-packed mermaid adventures with her friends. Driven by a deep and unending curiosity about the world around her, Ariel discovers land treasures, like a big floppy hat, squeaky rubber ducky and whisk, that she collects and keeps safe in her crystal cavern. Sometimes, Ariel uses the treasures to help solve problems.

With each discovery, Ariel is filled with joy, and her mermaid tail, which changes colors depending on her emotions, lights up and shimmers. Full of charm, big ideas and a powerful voice, “Disney Junior’s Ariel” is coming into her own, learning how to discover and appreciate the world around her and use her voice to inspire others.

Throughout the series, the multicultural diversity of the Caribbean is highlighted through music, food, festivals, fashion, language and folklore.

The upcoming series, Disney Junior’s Ariel, will debut on all Disney platforms in 2024. The Little Mermaid has surpassed box office goals, surpassing the $250 million mark globally.

If by some chance, you have not had a chance to hit the theaters, The Little Mermaid, the movie, is now showing!


Photo Credit(s)/Featured Image: Disney.com; Disney Junior Instagram; Halle Bailey Instagram

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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