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A headless Ursula terrifies kids at Disney California Adventure

By Carl Lisciandrello, Times Staff Writer
A headless animatronic Ursula terrified children while still performing in character at the Little Mermaid ride at Disney California Adventure on Jan. 28, 2018. [Photos from video]

As the evil antagonist in 1989ís "The Little Mermaid," Ursula the octopus is a terrifying character all by herself.

That terror rose to an entirely new level on Sunday when a headless animatronic Ursula still performed in character at the Little Mermaid ride at Disney California Adventure.

On Twitter, @dizzzymissy was among a few who posted video of Ursula, as a child could be heard saying "itís broken" in the background."

This happened today which caught me off guard because Disney is usually so critical over things like this #offwithherhead ! pic.twitter.com/biGGYG6ec2

— M Lilah (@dizzzymissy) January 28, 2018

According to the Huffington Post, the person who shot that video ó who wished to remain unnamed ó said children there were visibly upset.

"Immediately after we got off we were ushered out along with everyone else, and the employees looked very concerned," she told Huffington Post. "Many people had seen Ursula decapitated, including kids who understandably were upset."

"It was a pretty freaky thing to see."

How I feel on a Monday morning before Iíve had coffee. pic.twitter.com/QftTdPjtUd

— ?Christie ? (@christier0408) January 29, 2018

Someone in Imaginering must have secretly made a Highlander AA. https://t.co/XQcQBoaUaL

— How Bowers (@GoAwayGreen) January 28, 2018

It may not have been a joke to children who may have been traumatized, but it provided quite a bit of humor on social media.

Same, Ursula, same. pic.twitter.com/l52cKj8nb9

— Nam's Farm (@namhmai) January 28, 2018

DISNEY NIGHTMARE! How scary (funny) is this?



The Ursula animatronic lost her head on the Little Mermaid ride yesterday... and kept singing and dancing! https://t.co/lj8d5BIETr pic.twitter.com/1H2z8Cw8Xa

— News4JAX (@wjxt4) January 29, 2018

Friend: Did you see what happened to Ursula's head?



Me: Poor unfortunate soul #Disney pic.twitter.com/Fr6QCK0rZx

— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) January 29, 2018

Ursulaís headless performance was not the only mishap at a Disney park. On Sunday, a similar fate befell an auctioneer at the Pirates of the Caribbean exhibit at Disneyland Paris Park

The infamous Auctioneer at Pirates of the Caribbean literally lost his head I'm curious how long it takes them to fix it #dlplive pic.twitter.com/TZ6JOW64m5

— Julian (@HOPAJUL) January 28, 2018

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Audio-Animatronics Literally Lose Their Heads at California Adventure & Disneyland Parishttps://t.co/t8JjZM1Lva pic.twitter.com/5BtFuI1WWr

— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) January 29, 2018

Twice in one day Bob, are you paying maintenance enough? @RobertIger pic.twitter.com/FHyRTMlRrx

— Olly (@drunkatdlp) January 28, 2018

This is what folks at the Little Mermaid attraction would have seen had Ursula kept her head on straight.