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"The only city of live mermaids."

Weeki Wachee Springs is a Theme Park in Weeki Wachee, Florida famous for its mermaid show. The show debuted in 1947. The official site can be found here.

You can find out more at Wikipedia.

"The Only City of Live Tropes"

  • Affectionate Parody: The "Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp" video listed below ends with the participants and the instructors singing "I wish I was a Weeki Wachee Mermaid" to the tune of the old "I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weiner" jingle.
  • Artificial Gill: They use air hoses.
  • The Cameo: The mermaids and the park itself have been featured in several movies, TV shows and music videos.
  • Color Motif: Many of the mermaids wear green tails with some blue.
  • Don't Eat and Swim: Averted. Their "Fish Tails" show includes the mermaids eating and drinking underwater.
  • Dress Code: Mermaid tails with bikini tops.
  • Fish out of Water: Quite literally. This video promotes a charity marathon called "Fish Out Of Water Extreme 5K."
  • Friend to All Children: Their YouTube channel includes a series called "Tail Mail," which encourages young children to hand-write letters to the mermaids, who then read them.
  • Gratuitous Princess: All the mermaids are called "princesses." The few mermen are "princes."
  • Halloween Special: "Wild 'N' Wicked Nights," as seen here.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: They have posted several "Tail Mail Bloopers" videos to their YouTube channel.
  • Long-Runners: It started in 1947 and is still active today.
  • Meaningful Name: "Weeki Wachee" means "Little Spring" or "Winding River" in Seminole Indian.
  • Only in Florida: The park is best known as one of the most unusual theme parks/attractions in a state filled with them. Many travel books and cultural histories covering Florida will have at least one photo of a smiling Weeki Wachee mermaid on the front cover.
  • Only One Name: The mermaids are all referred to as "Mermaid (insert name here)."
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The whole show is about mermaids.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Some of the mermaids' tails.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Some of the mermaids' tails.
  • Shout-Out: One of their regular shows is an adaptation of The Little Mermaid (1989).
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: They have an event called Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp.
  • The Theme Park Version: Averted, since, well, there aren't real mermaids, therefore the park cannot be accused of misrepresenting them.
  • Unrelated Brothers: Unrelated Sisters: The mermaids all refer to each other as their sisters.