This page has just been sitting here waiting for us to finally begin writing down all of our “Bright iDears”. Well, today is the day and we are debuting with one of our greatest, brightest iDears ever. Enjoy and be sure to let us know if you end up trying this one!

Catching the Gems Ariel Throws into the Audience During Mickey’s Philharmagic Show

Mickey’s PhilharMagic, located in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, is a MUST DO for families with young children. This 3D theater experience is a fantastic and often mesmerizing show for children and adults! There is a scene during the Little Mermaid portion of the show, where Ariel throws some gems she’s found into the audience. Here is the best photo I could find of it. You cannot see the gems in this photo, but trust me, there are a bunch floating right in front of you.


Wearing 3D glasses, it actually appears that you can catch them! Here’s how you can sprinkle some pixie dust on your child’s trip, produce some of Ariels gems and WOW your kids:

Prior to visiting Mickey’s PhilharMagic, stop by the gift shop outside of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction-WITHOUT your kids in tow. There, you will find this souvenir bag of gems for $6.95.


Fill up the bag and hide it somewhere, putting a few of the gems in your pocket for later. Now, go ahead and take the kids to see Mickey’s PhilharMagic. When Ariel throws those gems into the audience, tell your child “I caught some for you!” They won’t believe you and will ask for proof. Just say, “I’ll show you after the show.” Once outside, have someone get a camera ready for when you reach in your pocket and present the gems you “caught”. Priceless does not even describe the look that will be on their faces! I did this with my daughter when she was 6 years old. At that time, they sold these gems in the gift shop next door to the show. It’s been 5 years and she still talks about that time I “caught the gems”. Unfortunately for me, the jig is up and she knows how I did it, but it was pure, homemade Disney Magic! Please feel free to share this idea with your Disney loving friends with young children.

If you end up doing this, please tell us and share a photo with us at [email protected] or on our Facebook page!