The ‘happiest place on earth’ just horrified kids with a headless singing robot

Ursula Disneyland

Villains are supposed to be scary but decapitation? In Disneyland? Well that’s a first. Kids and parents were treated to an interesting display during the Ariel ride when Ursula’s head came off and gruesomely dangled in front of all the fun-goers. The worst part? SHE KEPT SINGING.

Karma kicking in

In the movie The Little Mermaid the evil character Ursula steals innocent Ariel’s voice but it looks like the plucky mermaid may have just got her revenge with her nemesis literally losing her head last weekend during the ‘Ariel’s Undersea Adventure Ride’ at the famous Florida theme park. Either that or somehow the Queen of Hearts hopped on over from Alice in Wonderland and decided to start offing robotic heads. Poor unfortunate soul!

The show must go on

As Disneyland fans travelled around the ride showing scenes from the popular movie, they came upon the headless, singing animatronic Ursula and were thoroughly creeped out!

Luckily someone on the ride was good to enough to film the incident for us and post the video to Twitter. Children can be heard screaming out cries of, “It’s broken!” in the background. Sob!

You can watch the footage below. Spoiler alert: the lips keep moving. Creepy.

Not happy Walt

According to Huffington Post, the woman who took the footage didn’t want to be named but spoke of how confusing and traumatic the headless hiccup was.

“Immediately after we got off, we were ushered out, along with everyone else, and the employees looked very concerned,” she said.

“Many people had seen Ursula decapitated, including kids who understandably were upset. It was a pretty freaky thing to see.”

The Internet had a rather different reaction to the headless Ursula incident, quickly seeing the funny side to the debacle and sharing the footage to their own social media feeds. 

House of horrors continues

If you thought one beheaded Disney character was bad enough, you’d be mistaken. In a freaky turn of events, another robotic character was fated to lose his head that very same day. This time the auctioneer from the very popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland Paris was on the chopping board.

What’s going on people? Is Disney going dark now? Seems like a lot of broken robots and broken dreams. The happiest place on earth is definitely not for the fainthearted anymore!


Let’s hope no one else loses their head this weekend!

Feature image credit: Flickr user Loren Javier


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