An Afternoon Under the Sea: Celebrating 25 Years of The Little Mermaid


Event Date: Saturday, November 15

Location: The Walt Disney Studios

In 1989, Disney made its first animated musical fairytale since Sleeping Beauty, and it became a cultural phenomenon, jump-starting what many fans call “The Second Golden Age of Animation.” It’s been 25 years since audiences first met Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, and Sebastian, and to celebrate, D23 Members are invited to an afternoon under the sea to experience the film with its creators, and take home a little piece of its history.

Take a seat in the historic Walt Disney Studios Main Theatre, and don’t worry about needing a snack: Each ticket includes a bottle of water and popcorn to enjoy during our screening of the film on the big screen. The film’s directors, Ron Clements and John Musker, will make a special appearance to discuss the creation of The Little Mermaid, and take a look back at 25 years of it being part of our world.

To commemorate the occasion, every guest in attendance will receive a limited-edition reproduction of a color model cel from the film, straight from Disney’s Animation Research Library. This will not be sold in stores, and is being created especially for D23 Members and their guests at this event.

Guests will also have the opportunity to shop at the Disney Studio Store and purchase items only available on the Studio Lot!

Available Exclusively to Gold and Silver Members

You will be required to show your D23 membership card.


Commemorate the film’s 25th anniversary with a screening at The Walt Disney Studios, a discussion with directors Ron Clements and John Musker, and a limited-edition gift!


$30 per person. Tickets available October 24 at 10 a.m. PT, please check here for the link.


Screening begins at 2 p.m., please arrive at The Walt Disney Studios to check in no earlier than 1 p.m.

NOTE: Available only to D23 Gold and Silver Members in good standing. Members may reserve a space for themselves and one (1) guest. There are a limited number of spaces available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving a space. Entrance may be provided only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. If you wish to request sign language interpreting services for this event, please submit your request to at least two weeks prior to the event date. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Author: Ray

I am a lifelong fan of everything Disney. My first trip to a a Disney park was to Disneyland as a child in 1970, but didn't make to Walt Disney World until I went with my wife and first child in 1990. A year doesn't go by with out at least one trip to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World. My wife and I are Disney Vacation Club members and also Charter Members of D23.

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