Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where Is King Triton's Palace in 'The Little Mermaid'?

It's arguably the most beautiful Disney castle ever.

If Disney wants to put up another Disneyland, may I suggest King Triton's Palace for a change? King Stefan's Castle is hogging all the attention from California to Hong Kong to France. At least Tokyo DisneySea appropriately includes King Triton's Palace in its amenities.

More like Willy Wonka's factory carved out of the Grand Canyon

Until humans evolve to grow gills though, it's best to leave the water on the screen with The Little Mermaid. If you want to delve into the ocean and still breathe like Triton's daughters, either scuba-dive or visit an underwater structure.

ATLANTICA? Dubai's Atlantis hotel literally lets you sleep with fishes.

NIYAMA NIGHTCLUB, MALDIVES. "Under the Sea" is probably a staple in the DJ's set. Photo via Luxury Holidays Direct

DINGLEHOPPERS! Use them as forks in Ithaa, the world's first underwater restaurant.

Otherwise, King Triton's Palace is best explored in the depths of your mind. Let The Little Mermaid author Hans Christian Andersen drown you in sensory pleasure: 
In the deepest spot of all, stands the castle of the Sea King. Its walls are built of coral, and the long, gothic windows are of the clearest amber. The roof is formed of shells, that open and close as the water flows over them. Their appearance is very beautiful, for in each lies a glittering pearl, which would be fit for the diadem of a queen....The large amber windows were open, and the fish swam in, just as the swallows fly into our houses when we open the windows, excepting that the fishes swam up to the princesses, ate out of their hands, and allowed themselves to be stroked. 
Disney really did their homework well. There are no doors in King Triton's Castle; Ariel et al. do come and go like flies through windows. But is this really necessary?


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