Disney released a statement after Fantasmic! Fire
On the weekend, Disneyland The guests witnessed the Malevolent dragon animatronic in “Fantastic!” show it in flames after it caught fire during the performance.
Disney is now releasing a statement about the incident.
Disney is suspending similar fire effects throughout Disney parks
Following the incident at Disneyland Park, the company issued the following statement:
“During the last show of Fantasmic! a prop for the dragon caught fire in Disneyland Park on Saturday night. Anaheim Fire & Rescue responded quickly and extinguished the fire. All the cast members were safely evacuated from Tom Sawyer Island. Due to the smoke and wind, attractions near the island were safely evacuated from guests, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
We are temporarily suspending the fire effects similar to Disneyland Park Fantasmic! at select performances and entertainment experiences worldwide, Fantasmic! fire at Disneyland Park.
The continued safety of our actors and guests is extremely important.”
The workers rushed to put out the fire at Fantasmic! performance, and the Anaheim Fire Department confirmed that no one was injured as a result of the incident.
This is not the first time a prop has malfunctioned and caught fire at Disney Parks, as the Maleficent Dragon parade float caught fire at Walt Disney World in 2018. Fortunately, it was quickly extinguished and no one was injured.
The malevolent dragon catches fire
A Disneyland guest and TikTok user was in the Park when the incident happened and it was all captured on film.
In a video shared on the social media platform, viewers watch the iconic Maleficent dragon animatronic burst into flames, lighting up the entire night sky.
“Thank you DFD for keeping us safe here at Disneyland today,” they said.
Thank you DFD for keeping us safe here at Disneyland today. #disneyland #fyp #fireman #happiestplace on earth #disneyfire #disneyadult #murphy
Reporter Scott Gustin also shared a video of the incident, writing, “The malevolent dragon caught fire during the second screening of Fantasmic! at Disneyland Park on Saturday night. It happened when Mickey shoots sparks at the giant dragon’s head. The Anaheim Fire Department responded to the scene.
“Fantastic!” is a nighttime show at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California that takes guests inside Mickey’s dream of being the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Disneyland’s official website describes the show as follows:
As darkness falls, dazzling special effects transform America’s rivers into an epic canvas for this extravagant live show.
Mickey is fast asleep and dreams that he is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. With a wave of his hand, he directs scenes from Fantasia through huge water screens, while brilliant sparks shoot from their heads. Pink elephants, bubbly pirates, princesses and more—including memorable scenes from Disney classics like Aladdin, The Lion King, Tangled, and Pirates of the Caribbean—appear in and around America’s rivers.
When Mickey suddenly enters the Magic Mirror, his dream takes a dark turn. The Evil Queen from Snow White summons Disney’s worst villains—including Maleficent as a 45-foot-tall, fire-breathing dragon! Mickey must use the power of his imagination to defeat his enemies – and save the day.
With a fantastic line-up of live performers, beloved Disney characters, enhanced special effects, state-of-the-art projections and superb pyrotechnics, this show will delight the whole family.
“Fantasmic!” his future performances have been removed from Disneyland’s schedule until at least May 26, but that could change.