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The Wedding Ship
Background Information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
Short films
Television programs
Video games Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
Park attractions The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Other Information
Other names
Location The Sea
Rulers Prince Eric
Owners Prince Eric
Visitors Royal Nobles, Grimsby, Ariel, Ursula (as herself and as Vanessa), Princess of Gentlehaven
Final state Ariel and Eric get married and ride away in it at the end
The Wedding Ship is a ship featured in the 1989 Disney animated film The Little Mermaid.


The Wedding Ship appears to be a combination of a galley and a barge or it possibly a galley with the masts and sails removed. It has a bank of oars on both sides of the ship. The deck has been fitted with a rectangular canopy to cover the guests. The ship is also equipped with lifeboats.

The only part of ship's interior seen in the movie is the bride's room in the back of the ship. It is a well decorated room with a large vanity, candelabras, and ornate curtains lining the room.


The ship is first seen as the vessel for Eric and Vanessa's wedding on the third day of Ariel's time as a human. It departed just before sunset and managed to get a good distance away from the shore when Scuttle first discovered Vanessa's true identity as Ursula.

The wedding took place on the ship's upper deck with a long violet carpet trailing from the interior to the alter at the bow. Since the wedding was rushed, the ship was lined with very few decorations, save some wreaths, bouquets, a cake and silverware to match.

Once the wedding was stopped by Scuttle and his legions of animals, the ship and its passengers were left in disarray. There were traces of water all over and the banquet table was destroyed when the animals propelled Vanessa onto it.

What proceeded afterwards was Ursula revealing her true form and capturing Ariel before diving into the sea, and Eric leaving the ship in a lifeboat to pursue Ariel.

The ship isn't seen again until the end of the movie. It is used as the same ship to celebrate Ariel and Eric's wedding. Though little had changed about the decor, that time, the ship was used during the day, and a new cake was made especially for Ariel and Eric. Merpeople were also attending.

The ship is then seen floating off into the distance under the rainbow made by King Triton's trident, as Ariel and Eric share one more kiss.


  • Although the presence of a Bishop in regalia in the wedding implies that Eric's Kingdom's religion is Catholic, Catholic doctrine does not allow people to wed anywhere outside of a church building. In the case of Vanessa, however, it is likely the wedding had been set up on the barge due to the unexpected and unplanned manner of the wedding occuring on the same day as the proposal (as weddings generally require weeks, if not months to plan in advance, as implied by Grimsby). A similar event occurs in Beauty and the Beast, with Gaston pretty much doing the same thing.
    • In the Royal Wedding's franchise, it was revealed that Eric had planned his and Ariel's wedding to be on the wedding ship specifically to ensure Ariel's family could attend due to the unique nature of Ariel's heritage.


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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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