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7 Things Jodi Benson Loves About Life as Ariel

It’s a whole new world… under the sea.

Welcome to Merroway Cove, the setting for Sofia the First: The Floating Palace, the first ever primetime special for Sofia the First, premiering TODAY, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel, and on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel.

The story will see the royal family setting off on an extraordinary journey on the high seas, where Sofia meets a young mermaid named Oona (voiced by Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka) and a plucky searhorse named Sven (voiced by The Big Bang Theory‘s John Ross Bowie). After helping Oona untangle her fin from a net, Sofia’s amulet magically transforms her into a mermaid, allowing her to explore the underwater world with her new friend.

During their adventure, Sofia learns that mermaids still don’t trust humans, and finds out how angry they are that her family’s floating palace is in their cove. When Oona is captured by a dastardly sea monster, Sofia must find a way to save her and create harmony between their two worlds.

Ariel, voiced by Jodi Benson – who reprises her iconic role from the animated film – will make a special appearance, plunging into the princess world to help Sofia navigate these unchartered waters.

I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Benson to talk more about the special, and discovered that we have a few things in common, namely that the universe needs to slow down (our kids are growing up too fast!) and that for different reasons (mine, because I wanted to be Ariel, and hers because she is Ariel), Ariel is much more than an animated character. She’s legendary.

7 things you didn’t know about Benson’s process when it comes to voice acting, and what it takes to bring the iconic mermaid to life:

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace will be simulcast on WATCH Disney Channel the same day as the linear premiere on Nov. 24, and will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Xbox beginning Monday, Nov. 25.

Related: Sofia the First Has Arrived at Disney Parks!

Related: Disney Junior Orders Second Season of ‘Sofia the First’

Related: 10 Life Lessons for Kids from ‘Sofia the First’

Related: ‘Sofia the First:’ The Stars Behind Disney’s Little Girl Princess

Photo credits: Disney Junior

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