Rachel Paige
Updated Jan 30, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

Hey, remember how traumatizing The Little Mermaid was for you in 1989, because the sea witch Ursula was scary as hell? She literally took Ariel’s voice, and put it in a seashell, and then stole the mermaid’s man and it was horrific. That’s not even counting the part where the octopus sprouts from the body of a human and crawls across Prince Eric’s ship before jumping back into the sea — and later becomes GIANT Ursula, and takes control of the entire ocean before being stabbed with a ship’s mast in the stomach by Eric, who almost dies in the process.

See? Terrifying.

So now that you’ve got that image in your head, here’s another one that will stick with you for a while: Ursula’s head fell off at Disneyland, and it was a very rare and weird sight. Over at California Adventure, onthe slow-moving dark ride Under The Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid, Ursula’s head…fell off. Just like, fell off. This is not something you see every day, so if you are still trying to get over your fear of the ocean, and octopuses, and having your voice taken from you, and conch shells, avert your eyes.

The Under the Sea ride takes you through Ariel’s ~story~, which means you take a turn into Ursula’s underwater lair. In there, guests at California Adventure couldn’t help but notice the audio-animatronic — one of the most advanced in all of Disney — was missing something pretty important.

According to those who witnessed this, since all the wires were still attached to the animatronic, she kept singing and moving — just without a head! Wow, what a trooper.

And in the strangest twist of events, Ursula wasn’t the only robot beheaded at a Disney Theme Park that day. Over at Disneyland Paris, a pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean also lost his head. Hey Disneyland, you okay?


As far as we know, all the dolls in “it’s a small world” still have all their appendages, but you know, anything can happen.