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Ursula's cauldron
General information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
Short films
Television programs The Little Mermaid TV Series
Video games Kingdom Hearts series
Ariel's Story Studio
Park attractions
Background information
Other names
User(s) Ursula
Purpose To make magic spells and potions, create illusions, remote-viewing.
Location Ursula's fortress
Success Transforming Ariel into a human, and transforming Ursula into Vanessa.
Powers and abilities
Final Fate Remains in Ursula's fortress, and out of use.
Ursula's cauldron is where Ursula casts evil spells, creates illusions, and brews potions. The cauldron also enables Ursula Remote-Viewing via Flotsam and Jetsam's glowing yellow eyes to project images onto a crystal ball for Ursula to spy on others.

The Original Movie

In the original movie, Ursula uses the crystal bubbles as a spyglass the majority of the time, with Flotsam and Jetsam as the recievers.

During Poor Unfortunate Souls, Ursula is able to create spectral images with just waves of her hands, and manipulate them at will. However, when Ursula wants to create powerful magic, she will use the many ingredients she keeps in her potion cabinet to create these spells, such as when she needs to turn Ariel into a human, or when she needs to become Vanessa .

The Series

The cauldron serves the exact same purpose in the TV series, the only difference is that Ursula often plays around with the bubble; bouncing it as if it were a ball. 

In the episode, Ariel's Treasures, Ursula is able to transfer magic over through the bubble onto the projected object within. Like when she used the whirlwind spell to possess Ariel's collection.

Later in that episode, Ariel destroyed the crystal bubble.

Video Games

The Little Mermaid (NES)

During the first phase of the final battle with Ursula she uses the cauldron as her primary form of attack. From it, she summons various sea creatures to attack Ariel. Ariel must throw them back at her to defeat Ursula.

Ariel's Story Studio

During the Poor Unfortunate Souls scene, Ursula's cauldron acts as a minigame of sorts. Flotsam and Jetsam will instruct the player, in riddles, to put three different colored potions into the cauldron. The correct combination will reward the player with scenes from the movie, redubbed by the original actors, with new music as well. The combination will change every occassion, for different scenes.

The scenes featured are:

1) The Dining Room conversation with Eric and Grimsby.

2) The Scuttle Scene

3) King Triton worrying about Ariel. 

Kingdom Hearts

In the first Kingdom Hearts, the cauldron is seen being used by Ursula to project images of the Sora and his gang.
Cauldron view

Ursula watches Sora and Ariel

Though unlike in the original movie, the spy images are projected from the inside of the cauldron instead of a bubble on the outside. But like the original movie, she can project these images from out of the cauldron and manipulate them.

King Triton describes the cauldron as the source of Ursula's power, and gives hints telling that the cauldron is her weakness.

Then, during the boss fight with Ursula, she will throw elemental potions into the cauldron, which Sora must counter with spells on his own. Should Ursula manage to get enough potions of her own in the cauldron, the party will be hit with a devastating attack. However, should Sora manage to put enough of his spells into the cauldron, the magic will backfire on Ursula, stunning her, and giving Sora the opportunity to attack.

The Cauldron and the Lair are never seen in the second game.


  • In Ariel's Story Studio, because Grimsby's actor Ben Wright has passed away, he was replaced with a new actor to redub his conversation with Eric in the dining hall.
  • In certain art of Ursula's lair, one can see that the caldron is inside a sunken pit in the middle of the main hall. It was revealed in the deleted scene involving Harold , that Ursula would use this pit as a spa which she would fill with magic cauldron water. 


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Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Television: TV Series (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time
Video Games: NES game | Sega Genesis Game | Ariel's Story Studio | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | The Little Mermaid 2: Pinball Frenzy | Disney's The Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms
Books: Offical Comic Adaption | Marvel Comics | Disney Comics
Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea | The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid

Disney Parks: Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Mermaid Lagoon | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Ariel's Grotto | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Fantasmic! | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | Scuttle's Scooters

Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula/Vanessa | Flotsam and Jetsam | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople
Sequel Characters: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin | Ursula and Morgana's mother
Prequel Characters: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series Characters: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | Pearl's mother | The Evil Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Empreror Sharga and the Sharkanians | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Mr. and Mrs. Clambakersfield and their babies | Lucky | Thor | Kid Squid | Augustus | Stormy the Giant Seahorse | Sorcerer Blowfish | Penny the Cat | The Magical Wishing Starfish | Apollo | Archimedes | Seaclops
Comic Book Characters: Scallopa | Indigo | Aunt Crustacea | Sir Figmond | Flooglefish | Marlin the Magician | Snapper | Jason | Caliban | King Proteus | Ariadne | Pirania | Celia | Jenny | Scarface the Shark | Professor Thelonius Paxx | Shana | King Harold | Princess Penelope | Captain Cutlass | Aquarius | Abaloney Kid

Objects: Prince Eric's Statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper | Royal Ship

Film & TV Locations: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave
Comic Book Locations: Aquaria | Hatchet-Fish Alley | Stingray City | Blue Claw Chasm

Film Songs: Fathom's Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls/(Reprise) | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Down to the Sea | For a Moment | Tip and Dash (song) | Here On The Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
TV Series Songs: Just a Little Love | You Got to be You | The Edge of the Edge of the Sea | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | The Beddy Bye Blues | Sing a New Song | In Harmony | This is the Life | You Know I Know | Never Give Up | You Wouldn't Want to Mess with Me | The Sound of Laughter | Daring to Dance | Just Give Me a Chance | Just Like Me | Evil Lullaby
Musical Songs: She's In Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

Other: Musical | The Disney Afternoon

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