The Little Mermaid Movie Night

It is almost summer, its a Friday and the weather is nice out, so we decided to have our #Movienightfriday outside in our outdoor theater. Yes, living upstate (still unofficially full time as of right now) we have set one up in our yard. It was for worth it. Matthew and the rest of the family love the set up.

Anyway, we are having a Little Mermaid triple feature tonight. Yes I am that mom that allows multiple movies. We try to watch them all in one night or weekend. Tonight we will be watching The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid II:Return to the Sea and The Little Mermaid III: Ariel’s Beginning.

Now, I usually do a geographic lesson with our films but this one is a bit harder. There is no exact pinpoint location like other films but there are several clues as to where these films take place. You can read more about that in detail from my book The Disney Pixar Connection Volume 2: Straight to Video, which will be released on Black Friday. Anyway, Atlantica is in the Atlantic Ocean between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Besides Geography and ELA (covered in the 5 Ws). We can talk more about the history of Mermaids. It is a little dark so that us my warning to you.

Or you can become a mermaid yourself now.

Then we had fun making Ariel inspired Frappuccinos.

Ariel Frappuccino

Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • blender
  • Venti cup
  • measuring cups and spoons


  • 1 Cup Ice
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 3 scoops Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 pump Vanilla Syrup
  • *3 shots expresso
  • 2 scoops blackberries
  • 1 pump Raspberry Syrup
  • Sprinkle of Matcha Powder
  • whip Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Cut Strawberry


  • In the blender add the ice, milk, ice cream (*heavy cream), sugar, vanilla extract, Blackberries and the raspberry syrup, (*expresso) until fully blended
  • Sprinkle Matcha in the cup before pouring the Frappuccino into the cup
  • Top with Whip cream and strawberry pieces


*Starbucks uses a Crème syrup and Vanilla bean powder
*Ice cream best replicates the taste but you can replace with 1 cup Heavy Cream
*The Starbucks Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino does not typically have expresso
Keyword Disney, Movie Night, Starbucks

We hope you have fun crafting, cooking and watching.


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      • Thank you very much. I haven’t seen any live action adaptation of that story. Just the Disney version, this anime version, and a stage adaptation when I was a child.

          • Good to know. I’ve actually preferred some of these adaptations that aren’t like the Disney version like Mulan: Rise of a Warrior, Jean Cocteau’s version of Beauty and the Beast, or even A Tree of Palme which is an arthouse anime take on Pinocchio. Very good point about the original story since I know what happens in that initial take of The Little Mermaid.

              • Very good. I may have to check out that version in the future. It’s good that there are people who want to try different things with various adaptations instead of everyone just blindly following the Disney version.

                • I mean I’ll watch Disney and give honest opinions lol. Some I truly don’t like, some are great and some are eh, just like books. It’s why comparing and contrasting is great for kids

                  • Sure thing and I respect that by giving your honest opinions instead of being a sycophant. Comparing and contrasting is a great idea. Even when I was a child, I didn’t see too many other variations of these stories Disney adapted except for some random animated works or that Happily Ever After show that HBO made that did multiethnic takes on fairy tales if you remember that program. You could have activities with Disney with other animated/film adaptations or the original books if they are age appropriate. It forces critical thinking.

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