Heads were nearly rolling at Disneyland in Anaheim, California this past Saturday when park visitors on The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure ride witnessed a semi-decapitated Ursula, reported Orlando Weekly. In the Twitter video below, you can see that the animatronic version of the tentacled sea witch has full use of her arms and hands, but her head is dangling by a simple bunch of wires. With that look, she could go out with Nearly Headless Nick from the Harry Potter books who suffered a similar fate.
The following post pokes fun at Ursula's song "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from 1989's The Little Mermaid, the animated film that kicked of Disney's Renaissance period. Pat Carroll voiced the movie's villain who turns Ariel (Jodi Benson) into a human in exchange for her voice. She then uses the voice to win over the human man that Ariel was in love with, so, if you think about it, Ursula's fate on the ride was just karma paying her back.
Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is a family fun ride where patrons sit in clam-shaped cars and ride by characters (some animatronic, some stationary) and moments from the movie. And while Ursula was quite literally losing her head, someone at Disneyland Paris was taking a picture of a headless auctioneer on the Pirates of the Carribean ride on the very same day. As you can see, his head is hanging off his body in the exact same way.
If any Disney character should be losing their head, it should be the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
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