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Soon you can learn to swim like mermaid at Disney World

Learning to swim like a mermaid has become a unique hobby around the world, and now travellers heading to Disney World can learn to emulate arguably the world’s most famous mermaid, Ariel.

‘The Little Mermaid’ courtyard at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Photo by Matt Stroshane

Disney announced that it will launch “Mermaid School” at certain Walt Disney World resort hotels in Florida. The hour-long classes will let guests ages four and older to slip on a tail and take part in a number of activities as they learn to swim like a mermaid. The classes will be available on certain dates at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. The classes will cost US$50 (€44) per person, and bookings will open through 407-WDW-PLAY.

While mermaid classes may be growing in popularity, some guests may prefer to play around as a pirate. They are also in luck at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, as there will be a new experience for kids ages four to 12 to join Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew, where they can take part in a quest to unearth treasure and eat at a pirate’s feast.

Learn to swim like a mermaid. Image by Tor-Andr Skogland / EyeEm / Getty Images

But if you want to take the mermaid lifestyle beyond Disney, there are plenty of places to go. Mermaid fitness classes are available around the world, but perhaps the best known spot to live out the mermaid lifestyle is on New York’s Coney Island. Each year in June, the neighbourhood holds the annual Mermaid Parade, where the streets fill will a procession of sea-themed characters.