When I first heard about The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live event happening in theaters, I scoffed. I mean, doesn’t it sound super annoying to sit in a theater full of people playing on their iPads? Boy was I wrong. I had a chance to try out The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live at my local theater, and I have to say, it was a blast.
In theaters for just a limited time, movie goers are to bring their iPad or iPad mini pre-downloaded with a free app designed especially for the movie. You MUST pre-download, as we learned the hard way that you can’t do it at the theater. Luckily we had two devices with us, and one of them did have the app loaded and ready to go.
The movie is advertised as a “Second Screen” showing, so guests are aware that everyone in the theater will be “playing” on their devices. When it starts, you are given instructions by Jodi Benson, Ariel herself, as to how to start the app and get logged in with a player name. This happens VERY fast, so pay attention and be ready!
If you are a Little Mermaid fan, get to the theater quick. You’ll love this unique experience as you play, sing, and laugh your way through what I think is one of the very best movies ever made. Scroll through the photos below to see why YOU should bring YOUR iPad to the movie! Quick! You don’t want to miss out on Crab-e-Oke, do you?
The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live 1 of 11
Fun with your iPad at the movie theater!
The Opening Credits 2 of 11
As the movie starts, the famous Disney movie castle graphic magically appears on your device but as King Triton's undersea castle. I got so excited and giddy about this alone...
Tap Start & the Fun Begins! 3 of 11
Even the start screen was gorgeous. It looked like a live watercolor. Beautiful colors with bubbles floating around the screen.
Flounder Versus Sebastian 4 of 11
The theater is divided into two teams: Flounder & Sebastian. Your device randomly chooses a team for you, and your team member scores are combined when you play individual games and quizzes. I'm not sure why there were no team Sebastian members in the room!
Ariel Karaoke 5 of 11
One of the first activities of the movie is "Part of Your World" karaoke. In addition to the words being on the actual movie screen, your device shows them as well.
Steer the Ship 6 of 11
In between scenes and songs there are fun little games to play! This one was called Steer the Ship. You had to turn your device side to side to keep the ship afloat and prevent Grimsby from getting sea sick!
Move the Scope 7 of 11
Move the Scope is one of the fun activities that pops up every so often as you watch. You have to move the scope to find the items that don't belong in the scene. It made me realize just how well I know this movie. Even though it had been a while since I'd seen it, I knew exactly what didn't belong. You are timed and just seconds before the timer is up, the actual scene from the movie is playing, so you can see if you're correct.
Mazes 8 of 11
I'm a sucker for mazes. I've always loved them, so when these fun mazes popped up, I got super excited. You use your finger to navigate your way through the maze. You can take alternate routes to get extra points, but be careful — if you run out of time before you get to the finish, you don't get the final points! There are a few different mazes throughout the movie. Also, just for clarification, the mazes show only on your device. They pop up during different scenes or a scene may pause on the screen while the activity is happening.
Crab-e-Oke 9 of 11
Whenever Sebastian sings a song, the whole audience is encouraged to sing along with his "Crab-e-Oke!" "Kiss the Girl" and "Under the Sea" were particularly fun times!
Trivia 10 of 11
I really enjoyed the trivia that popped up from time to time. The questions usually came in groups of three. You have to answer them by tapping the correct image as quickly as you can. Do you know the answer to this one?
Friendly Competition 11 of 11
There was a very small group in our theater, but as you can see, I sorta won! I'd really love to go back and do this a second time with a whole theater full of Little Mermaid fans. I think it would be a blast! Who's in?
For more information or to find a participating theater near you, visit the official Little Mermaid Second Screen Live site.