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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Mar. 13, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Ursula has arrived! The infamous evil sea witch moved into her lair this week inside The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction and the Disney Parks Blog was there to capture the excitement. Our amazing team of Walt Disney Imagineers offered a behind-the-scenes look at how Ursula was installed. Check it out.

And Ursula was also part of our three-part series this week featuring the beautiful Disney Dream Portraits created by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks. We went behind the scenes of each photo shoot beginning with Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen.

Queen Latifah as Ursula from 'The Little Mermaid' Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen Alec Baldwin as the Spirit of the Magic Mirror

George finished his series with video of Alec Baldwin as he prepared for his ultimate close-up as the Spirit of the Magic Mirror. It was unlike the other photo shoots featured on the Disney Parks Blog.

Now, here are a few of the other stories we worked on this week.

Cinderella Castle Collage: Celebrating 40 Years of Magic at Walt Disney World – The Cinderella Castle Collage features some of the most-loved attractions at Walt Disney World Resort through the past 40 years.

Fairy Spotted at Epcot – Walt Disney World Resort photographer Gene Duncan spotted this “fairy” in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

Where at Disney Parks Can You Find… – You need a sharp eye to spot this eye at Disney Parks.

A Salute to Mardi Gras and Family Fun Weekends at Disneyland Resort – With Family Fun Weekends at the Disneyland Resort wrapping up, take a look back at all the fun in this video.

The Disney Dream Ship Horn Delights Guests with Six Familiar Melodies – The Disney Dream features six different horn melodies – hear them all in this special video.

New Breakfast Buffet at The Wave…of American Flavors – Take a look at the new breakfast buffet at The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.


  • The mechanical engineering, plastics, robotics and textiles used on Ursula looks unreal. The attraction opening on June 3rd makes me want to move down there so I can attend in person.

  • I’m looking forward to The Little Mermaid ride, that Ursula figure is awesome! I can’t wait to ride!

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