Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
That's awesome to hear. I thought it had a Q1 2013 opening date.
Typically these "preview" or "soft opening" labels Disney is using kind of gives Disney a bit of flexibility with guests when rides/attractions need to be shut down in those areas during the day. They can just say, "well it's a preview and we're still working to get the kinks out." It sort of like a store or restaurant opening and then having an official "Grand Opening" a few weeks later.
Yeah like I said I've been to several soft openings and they've never limited it to just AP holders to my knowledge. Soft openings are fun too because of the newness of the ride (smells, look, etc.).
We just did the new Ariel ride. It is still a soft opening. It is pretty cool. Also got to do a mini play with Belle. Pretty cool with a small group of 20 or so at a time and the kids get a part in the story. The new fantasyland is pretty impressive.
I had actually forgotten about it until a guy mentioned it on the monorail last night then I remembered reading about it in this thread. Today is our last day.