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An Introduction to Ariel Disney Princess Story

Disney has popularised many old folktales and fairytales by making them into movies that have become a craze among children and some adults. One such fairytale was the story of Ariel. Ariel was a mermaid as well as a Disney Princess. It follows the story of Ariel - the little mermaid and how she falls in love with a human prince. Ariel was the youngest daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena and lived in a land of merfolk called Atlantica. Let us read the story of one of her adventures.

Ariel - The Little Mermaid Story

Ariel - The Little Mermaid Story

Ariel Mermaid Disney Princess 

Once upon a time, deep under the sea lived a redheaded beautiful young mermaid named Ariel. She was a curious and adventurous little mermaid, who loved exploring her home city of Atlantica with her companions. Some days she wondered what life as a human living on land would be like. Because of her fascination with the human world, she would often swim up to shore with her friend Flounder to find human treasures.


Ariel with Flounder

Ariel with Flounder

King Triton Was Angry 

Ariel's father, King Triton, did not trust humans and thought that they were dangerous and unsafe. He did not like Ariel’s trip close to the shore. He found out that she had once again disobeyed him and gone to the shore. He was furious. He banned her from going to the shore ever again and asked a Lobster named Sebastian, who was his greatest advisor, to keep an eye on the rebellious green-tailed mermaid. 

Despite her father’s wishes, Ariel continued to go to the shore after tricking Sebastian. One such night, she reached the surface and a terrible storm came. A ship was stuck in this storm and the two friends saw a young prince fall overboard and into the sea.

Ariel Saved the Prince

Ariel saw him drowning and immediately decided to go save him. She held onto him and pulled him to shore. When he wouldn’t wake up, she decided to sing. As he began to open his eyes, she swam away. The prince named Eric only caught a glimpse of her but he knew he would never forget her beautiful voice. Ariel was also mesmerised by his handsome face. Desperate to see him again, she decided to make a deal.

Ariel Saves Prince Eric

Ariel Saves Prince Eric

Ariel Made a Deal

Deep underwater lived a wicked sea witch called Ursula. Ursula said that she would give Ariel legs in place of her tail in exchange for Ariel's voice. Ariel agreed and then the evil Ursula cast a spell that turned the little mermaid Ariel into a human! But there was a twist, Ursula told her that by midnight on the third day if Prince Eric did not kiss her, then she would become a mermaid again and that she would then belong to the sea witch forever.

Ariel and Ursula Make a Deal

Ariel and Ursula Make a Deal

Ariel found the prince and began a friendship with him. He was charmed by her demeanour and beauty and decided to show her his kingdom. The two had grown closer but hadn't kissed yet.

Prince Eric and Ariel Disney Princess

Prince Eric and Ariel Disney Princess

The sea witch Ursula turned herself into a beautiful woman named Vanessa and stole Ariel's voice to make the prince fall in love with her instead of Ariel. She found the Prince and cast a spell on him to make him believe she was the one he loved. Unaware of the spell, Eric decided to marry Vanessa.

Ariel Finds Out that Vanessa is Ursula

Before sunset on the third day, Ariel finds out that Vanessa is Ursula as Scuttle the seagull tells her. Sebastian goes to tell the King what was happening while Flounder swam behind the Prince’s ship. With the help of her friends, Ariel was able to stop the wedding. But she was too late. It was midnight and as per the deal she made she was now the sea witch’s prisoner. Worried for his daughter, King Triton offered to take her place and handed Ursula the crown and trident.

Prince Eric Saves the Day

As Ursula grew bigger and stronger, she began to tower over the sea. Prince Eric seeing this took an old ship and steered it towards the villain. The ship hit the witch and she screamed and began to disappear within the waves. King Triton regained his powers and swam to the shore. Touched by Prince Eric’s bravery and his love for Ariel, King Triton decided to grant Ariel her wish and made her a human again!

They Lived Happily Ever After 

Prince Eric and Ariel married each other in a beautiful ceremony held on a ship. They got a castle by the sea and lived there happily ever after.

Eric and Ariel Getting Married

Eric and Ariel Getting Married


The story of The Little Mermaid follows the story of a young redheaded mermaid called Ariel. One day Ariel saves a prince from drowning in the sea during a storm and falls in love. He doesn’t see her face but hears her beautiful voice and is mesmerised. Desperate to see him again, she makes a deal with a sea witch called Ursula to make her a human. The Prince and Ariel grow closer but Ursula tricks Eric into marrying her instead of Ariel. To save her daughter, King Triton offers himself to Ursula. She takes away his power and proclaims herself the Queen, but Prince Eric swoops in to save his love, Ariel, and defeats Ursula. Prince Eric and Ariel get married and live happily ever after in a castle by the sea. 

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FAQs on Ariel - The Little Mermaid Story

1. Who wrote the story of the Little Mermaid?

The Little Mermaid was written by Hans Christen Anderson in 1937. The story also follows the journey of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life as a mermaid to have a human soul. 

2. How was the story written by Hans Christen Anderson similar to the Disney Movie?

In both stories, the young mermaid lives in an underwater city ruled by their widowed father. Both the mermaids save a prince from drowning and fall in love with them. They both make a deal with the sea witch and give up their tails for human legs and try to make the princes fall in love with them. The two stories are similar in many aspects but the original story does not end with a happy ending.

3. When was the Ariel Disney animated movie released? Who is the voice of Ariel?

It was released in 1989 and the actress Jodi Benson voiced Ariel.