Walt Disney World will suspend some fire effects following fire at Fantasmic! in Disneyland

Apr 23, 2023 in "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade"

Maleficent Steampunk-inspired Dragon for Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Posted: Sunday April 23, 2023 2:34pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World will suspend fire effects on the Maleficent float that is part of Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom following a fire during Fantasmic! at Disneyland in California.

Disney has said that while the Disneyland Fantasmic! dragon fire is under investigation, they will be "temporarily suspending fire effects similar to those used at Disneyland park's Fantasmic at select shows and entertainment experiences globally."

No changes are planned at Fantasmic! in Disney's Hollywood Studios, as the show at Walt Disney World uses a different special effect system.

The steampunk-inspired Maleficent float at Magic Kingdom was engulfed in flames in a similar incident back in 2018 at Walt Disney World. Maleficent's head burst into flames in Liberty Square during the afternoon Disney Festival of Fantasy parade. The float was missing from the parade for 8 months as it was rebuilt with updated safety systems.

Here is the full statement from Disney regarding the fire at Disneyland and its impact on other shows.

"During the final showing of Fantasmic at Disneyland park on Saturday evening, the dragon prop caught fire. Anaheim Fire & Rescue quickly responded, and the fire was extinguished. All cast members were safely evacuated from Tom Sawyer Island. Due to smoke and wind, attractions near the island were safely evacuated of any guests, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time. We are temporarily suspending fire effects similar to those used at Disneyland park's Fantasmic at select shows and entertainment experiences globally out of an abundance of caution following the Fantasmic prop fire at Disneyland park. The continued safety of our cast and guests is of the utmost importance."

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jrogueApr 26, 2023

Disco dragon!

GhostHost1000Apr 24, 2023

lol yeti-fied

JoeCamelApr 24, 2023

With a red strobe?

GhostHost1000Apr 24, 2023

as much as I like the fire effect in the parade, I'm surprised they didn't move to a pressurized blast of smoke after it caught fire the last time

SamandplanningUKApr 24, 2023

Think this is a very wise move considering what happened during the parade a few years ago, better safe than sorry when there are guests about and performers very close to the dragons.

π•΄π–’π–†π–Œπ–Žπ–“π–Šπ–Šπ–—97Apr 24, 2023

I have memories of a firework-looking thing being launched out of its mouth at DHS...it looked very little like fire-breathing. I don't know that in any of the shows I've seen there (probably like 7-8 times over the years 2004-2013) the fire effect has worked as it should.

BrianApr 24, 2023

Found this on Twitter.

gerararApr 24, 2023

Correct, I believe there was some incident where the pyro (flame ball) that the dragon shoots went awfully close to the crowd and it was switched to the flame. That was around December, so it's been a while lol. Was hoping the upcoming refurbishment address that but we'll see.

Disney AnalystApr 24, 2023

And I believe even before that, they cut the flame ball it would throw and switched to just a little flame sploot.

larryzApr 24, 2023

gerararApr 24, 2023

Yeah, around early-March the mouth has been shut, presumably broken. Hopefully the refurbishment in a couple weeks gets it fixed up.

DonniePeverleyApr 24, 2023

What an utter disgrace.

Disney AnalystApr 24, 2023

I don’t think the dragons mouth fire has been working for a while anyway at DHS, right @gerarar - or some sort of b-mode?

skimbobApr 24, 2023

The Disneyland dragon will rise from the ashes like a phoenix. It is an amazing animatronic.