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Ariel's Secret Grotto
Background Information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
Television programs The Little Mermaid
Video games Kingdom Hearts series
Park attractions
Designer
Inspiration
Other Information
Other names
Location Atlantica
Ruler(s)
Owner(s) Ariel
Inhabitants Ariel, Flounder
Visitors Ursula, Sebastian, King Triton, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sandy, Gabriella, Ollie, Sora, Donald Duck, Goofy
Final state Possibly restored by King Triton

Ariel's Secret Grotto is a special place where Ariel keeps her vast treasure trove of human objects, antiques, and artifacts that she has collected throughout her childhood. Each one has a special place in Ariel's heart.

It is a large cave that has a large round stone covering the entrance. Inside there are hollowed out shelves where she stores and displays her discoveries.

After finding unusual objects throughout exploring places like sunken ships, caves and even sometimes above the surface, she puts them in a small pink shoulder bag and takes them back to store in her grotto.

Ariel has collected many things, each representing a special memory, adventure, all to remember the good times. She calls them her gadgets, gizmos, whosits, whatsits and thingamabobs.

She had two collections stored there: The first one was started by her, after she learned to not be terrified of humans in the TV series. She was forced to destroy it after Ursula cursed the collection to attack Atlantica.

The second one was started at some point between the TV series and the film. It ended up being accidentally discovered by Sebastian who was keeping a watch on her at the time and then destroyed by King Triton when he was angry with Ariel upon learning that she rescued and fell in love with a human, especially when he saw she had a statue of him there as well. However, he becomes horrified and regrets his actions, leavings a weeping Ariel on her ruined grotto in shame

Its reappearance in the film's sequel implies that either Triton rebuilt it or that not all of the collection in the grotto was destroyed. The latter at least must be true, for one of Ariel's found paintings, Georges de la Tour's Penitent Magdalen and the Smoking Flame, is currently in a Los Angeles art gallery. 

Her collection has included:

  • Chests
  • Silverware
  • Candleholders
  • Mirrors
  • Jewelry
  • Fishing equipment
  • Barrels
  • Thimbles
  • Statues
  • Paintings
  • Globes
  • An hourglass
  • Pottery
  • Books
  • A smoking pipe
  • Chess pieces
  • A Grandfather Clock
  • Furniture
  • Pocket Watches
  • Compasses
  • Corkscrews
  • Glasses
  • Dishes
  • Goblets/chalices
  • Music Boxes
  • Parasols
  • A Birdcage
  • Mugs
  • Musical instruments
  • Helm
  • Jack in the Box
  • Swords

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Media
Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Television: TV Series (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time
Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | Musical
Video Games: NES game | Sega Genesis Game | Ariel's Story Studio | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | The Little Mermaid 2: Pinball Frenzy | Disney's The Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms
Books: Official Comic Adaptation | Marvel Comics| Disney Comics

Disney Parks: Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Mermaid Lagoon | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Ariel's Grotto | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Fantasmic! | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | Scuttle's Scooters

Characters
Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula/Vanessa | Flotsam and Jetsam | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople | Washerwomen
Sequel Characters: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin
Prequel Characters: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series Characters: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | The Evil Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Emperor Sharga | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Stormy the Giant Seahorse

Objects: Prince Eric's statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper

Locations: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave

Songs
Film Songs: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Vanessa's Song | Down to the Sea | For A Moment | Tip and Dash (song) | Here On The Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
TV Series Songs: Just a Little Love | You Got to be You | The Edge of the Edge of the Sea | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | The Beddy Bye Blues | Sing a New Song | In Harmony | This is the Life | You Know I Know | Never Give Up | You Wouldn't Want to Mess With Me | The Sound of Laughter | Daring to Dance | Just Give Me a Chance | Just Like Me | Evil Lullaby
Musical Songs: She's In Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only (Quartet) | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

Other: Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea | The Disney Afternoon

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