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Ursula's fortress
Background Information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
Television programs The Little Mermaid
Video games The Little Mermaid
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Park attractions
Designer
Inspiration
Other Information
Other names
Location Atlantica
Ruler(s) Ursula
Owner(s) Ursula
Inhabitants Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's Garden
Visitors Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, Sora, Donald Duck, Goofy
Final state Possibly vacant

Ursula's fortress is the home of the evil sea witch, Ursula, after she was exiled from Atlantica by King Triton.

The lair also appeared in the television series.

Origins

The Little Mermaid comic, Serpen Teen, the creature which made the skeleton was once known as the Serpentine. The creature was used by a kingdom of eel-human hybrids known as the moray as a form of gladitorial entertainment. They would send unsuspecting creatures to the maze where the creature lurked and watch as it fed upon them.

During the events of the comic, Ariel had managed to elude the creature to the point where it was sent into a bloodthirsty rage, which forced the moray to kill it. Then Ursula came along and offered the moray a chance to steal King Triton's trident if they gave her the creature's skeleton.

From that point forth Ursula used it as her lair.

The Layout

The lair is a skeleton of a gigantic creature long since dead. It's maw is the main entrance, but due to the decay, there are many ways to enter and exit the place. 

Past the main entrance is a single corridor that leads to the main hall. In this corridor is Ursula's garden of polyps writing about in agony. Eventually the polyps give way to the entrance leading to the main hall. 

The main hall is the center of most activity in the lair. In the middle of the room is a large cauldron, kept inside a sort of pit in the ground. There are pink plants hanging from everywhere. Then to the far right of the entrance, is Ursula's mirror and vanity, where she pampers herself up with flower lipstick, and her other cosmetics, all kept organized on the individual arms of the mirror frame. 

Ursula's throne is directly ahead of the main entrance, hanging from the ceiling and blocking the entrance to the back corridor. Ursula sits in this area and possibly uses it as a bed at nights. She keeps a clam filled with live shrimp inside, so that she may snack on them whenever she desires to. 

And to the left of the entrance, (hanging from the wall) is Ursula's potion cabinet, where she has all sorts of ingredients tucked away for her spells. Most of these are made of various sea creatures, whether alive or dead.

Kingdom Hearts

In Kingdom Hearts, nothing was changed about the decor of the lair, except for its missing back corridor. What's interesting to note about the lair is that Ursula's garden is never transformed back into merfolk after Ursula is killed.

Also of note is that the way to get to the lair has changed. Originally, Ariel had to cross volcanic open sea to get to the lair, but in the game, Sora must go through the ship graveyard to reach the entrance.

The lair never appeared in Kingdom Hearts II.

Trivia

  • In the script for the Little Mermaid, Ursula's Lair was named, "The Whale Skeleton" despite the appearance of the creature in the final cut having no resemblance to a whale. 
  • In an original draft for the Little Mermaid, Ursula's fortress was originally supposed to be destroyed as soon as she was killed by Prince Eric
  • In the video game for the NES and Game Boy and known as "Ursula's Castle" as the fifth and final level before the final battle, it is a much different layout and has stories where Ariel encounters Ursula (the boss) on the highest story.

Gallery


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Media
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
Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | Musical
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: Official Comic Adaptation | Marvel Comics| Disney Comics

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

Characters
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 | Washerwomen
Sequel Characters: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin
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 | The Evil Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Emperor Sharga | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Stormy the Giant Seahorse

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

Locations: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave

Songs
Film Songs: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Vanessa's Song | 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 (Quartet) | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

Other: Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea | The Disney Afternoon

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