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Ursula animatronic

A new video has been released showing the animatronic Ursula character being installed in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure.

Disney has invested around $100 million on the new dark ride, much of which has been spent on developing cutting-edge animatronic figures. Key villain Ursula will play an important role in the attraction's plot, standing at some 7.5 feet tall and 12 feet wide, and featuring a range of facial expressions and mouth movements. The animatronic version of Ursula can be seen in the video below:

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure is due to open on June 3, 2011 at Disney California Adventure. It will utilize an OmniMover ride system similar to that seen in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, with the clamshell-style vehicles having arrived earlier his month. As in the Haunted Mansion, the vehicles will rotate to face the different scenes presented during the ride's circuit.

In addition to Ursula, many other animatronic figures will help recreate a number of iconic scenes from Disney's classic animated movie The Little Mermaid. These will include the mermaid heroine, Ariel, along with a host of other characters who will dance along to musical numbers from the movie's soundtrack.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure will share a grand opening date with Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at neighboring Disneyland. It will become one of the headline attractions in the revamped Paradise Pier area of Disney California Adventure. A near-identical version of the attraction is due to open as part of an expanded Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in 2012, under the name Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.

You can find out more about Disney's latest headline attraction in our in-depth preview of The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

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