Wednesday, 19 June 2024
-- Advertisement --
Liberty Club Level3 Divers24

Weeki Wachee mermaids - a living legend

On 17 November 1989 Walt Disney presented the world with Ariel, the Little Mermaid. Since that day the idea of having a fish tail sparkling in the sun, red hair waving in the water and a friend Florka has kept millions of girls in Europe and overseas awake at night. Few knew that mermaids existed
Published: November 22, 2017 - 12:40
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 15:56
Weeki Wachee mermaids – a living legend

On 17 November 1989 Walt Disney presented the world with Ariel, the Little Mermaid. Since that day the idea of having a fish tail sparkling in the sun, red hair waving in the water and a friend Florka has kept millions of girls in Europe and overseas awake at night. Few knew that mermaids existed even before Disney and have survived to this day. They can be seen at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida.

Their first performance took place already in 1947, back then still without the legendary tails – only fins and a swimming costume. The owner of the show, at the very beginning of its existence, did not pay his performers in currency – the only payment was “board and lodging”, the possibility of training with the use of company equipment and the fame of a mermaid on a permanent basis.

-- Advertisement --

The girls performed tricks requiring a high level of ‘survival’ skills underwater. Elements of classical dance, “underwater acrobatics” and even such showpieces as eating grapes underwater or drinking fizzy drinks.

6636938629_3a22acc6f3_o (1)

The show was a regular local attraction until 1959, when it was bought out by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). From then on, the performers were paid a normal salary for their performances, of which there were more and more – up to ten a day!

As popularity grew in the 1960s, more and more girls applied for the job of professional Ariel – applications were reportedly received even from as far away as Tokyo. Female performers delighted the public with underwater picnics or ball games. Thanks to their new owner – ABC – they could also count on immortalising their performances on film.

3295450288_48517e2e28_o

The Weeki Wachee Mermaids from 1971 onwards unfortunately had to cede part of their audience to the newly created Walt Disney World park in nearby Orlando. Nevertheless, the performances have stood the test of time and can still be seen today.

After decades in the business, the artists have decided to reveal a little bit about their preparation for their performances – Weeki Wachee hosts weekend training sessions for those interested in the “mermaid art”. Those willing can learn from the underwater stars, practice choreography with them and try on the legendary tails.

Source: smithsonian.com, Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Flickr

Other posts
Share:
Facebook
Telegram
LinkedIn
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp

About author

Gosia Harasimowicz
Żeglarka, Freelance Copywriter w włąsnej działalności Copywriter.
-- Advertisement --
technical diver tuna hastberg mine
-- Advertisement --
Level3 Club CCR Divers24
Recent post
Amazing sculptures of 2 lions discovered on the wreck of the 17th-century ship Äpplet
Baltictech Conference, last days to catch tickets at discounted price.
Shearwater Peregrine TX: The Ultimate Diving Companion
Baltictech 2024: Dive into Inspiration - Tickets Now on Sale!
Adriatic Depths: Cultivating Sustainable Tourism through Underwater Heritage
Jared Hires: A Tragic Loss in the Depths of Plura Cave
WRECKS4ALL: Unveiling the Southern Adriatic's Underwater Heritage
You haven't read yet
Introducing the Divesoft Reel
Baltictech Conference, last days to catch tickets at discounted price.
Marcin Bramson Discusses His Switch to Divesoft Liberty and the Future of Rebreather Diving
Lungfish Orca v6 Rebreather Achieves CE Certification
Shearwater Peregrine TX: The Ultimate Diving Companion
Raid HYPOXIC TRIMIX OC course to 100 metres

Search...

The Divers24 portal is currently the largest online medium treating diving in Poland. Since 2010 we have been providing interesting and important information from Poland and around the world on all forms of diving and related activities.

Contact us: info@divers24.com