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Ariel's Secret Grotto
Background Information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
Short films
Television programs The Little Mermaid
Video games Kingdom Hearts series
Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
Park attractions
Other Information
Other names
Location Atlantica
Owners Ariel
Inhabitants Ariel, Flounder
Visitors Ursula, Sebastian, King Triton, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sandy, Gabriella, Ollie
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. The Dinglehopper (fork) is one notable object.

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 presumably started up again without Sebastian's knowledge, based on his reaction to the collection) 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, leaving a weeping Ariel on her ruined grotto in shame. He later returns to find Ariel gone to search of Ursula the sea witch and orders a search for her to apologize at what he had done.

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. While the former is extremely likely, the latter at least must also 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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Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Television: TV series | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time
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: Offical Comic Adaption | Marvel Comics | Disney Comics | Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book
Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | The Legacy Collection | The Little Mermaid: Songs from the Sea

Disney Parks

Mermaid Lagoon | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | Ariel's Grotto | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | Scuttle's Scooters | Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Animazment - The Musical | Feel the Magic | Animagique | The Golden Mickeys | Disney's Wishes | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom


Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula | Flotsam and Jetsam | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople
Sequel: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Hammerhead Shark | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin | Ursula and Morgana's mother
Prequel: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | Pearl's mother | Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Empreror Sharga and the Sharkanians | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Mr. and Mrs. Clambakersfield and their babies | Lucky | Thor | Kid Squid | Augustus | Stormy the Giant Seahorse | Sorcerer Blowfish | Penny the Cat | The Magical Wishing Starfish | Apollo | Archimedes | Seaclops
Comic Book: Scallopa | Indigo | Aunt Crustacea | Sir Figmond | Flooglefish | Marlin the Magician | Snapper | Jason | Caliban | King Proteus | Ariadne | Pirania | Celia | Jenny | Scarface the Shark | Professor Thelonius Paxx | Shana | King Harold | Princess Penelope | Captain Cutlass | Aquarius | Abaloney Kid


Season One: "Whale of a Tale" | "The Great Sebastian" | "Stormy" | "Urchin" | "Double Bubble" | "Message in a Bottle" | "Charmed" | "Marriage of Inconvenience" | "The Evil Manta" | "Thingamajigger" | "Red" | "Beached" | "Trident True" | "Eel-Ectric City"
Season Two: "Resigned to It" | "Calliope Dreams" | "Save the Whale" | "Against the Tide" | "Giggles" | "Wish Upon a Starfish" | "Tail of Two Crabs" | "Metal Fish" | "T'ank You For Dat, Ariel"
Season Three: "Scuttle" | "King Crab" | "Island of Fear" | "Land of the Dinosaurs" | "Heroes" | "The Beast Within" | "Ariel's Treasures" | "A Little Evil"


Prince Eric's Statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper | Royal Ship


Film & TV: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave
Comic Book: Aquaria | Hatchet-Fish Alley | Stingray City | Blue Claw Chasm


Film: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls/(Reprise) | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Down to the Sea | For a Moment | Tip and Dash | Here on the Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
TV Series: 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: She's in Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

See Also

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

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