Video: Disneyland’s Maleficent Dragon Catches Fire, Burns Down During ‘Fantasmic!’

The Maleficent dragon in Disneyland’s Fantasmic! caught fire and burned down on Saturday night. The fire originated in the dragon’s mouth, but quickly spread throughout the figure. The surreal scene saw guests being escorted out of the area while the dragon was consumed by flames.

Videos of the incident spready quickly on Twitter and YouTube.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Fluid was spotted leaking from the dragon shortly before it was supposed to breath fire. Here’s the moment the unplanned fire started.

One guest spotted the leaking fluid just before the fire broke out. You could see something dripping out of the dragon’s mouth just prior to Mickey’s encounter.

Understandably, Fantasmic! has been cancelled for the next few days while Disney investigates the incident. Fantasmic! will undoubtedly return in B mode (the version Disney uses when the dragon is malfunctioning) whenever it does return to the Disneyland schedule.

It’s a real shame to see this awesome show prop destroyed. Disneyland’s Maleficent dragon is one of the big differentiators between the show in Disneyland and the one shown at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. It’s a night and day difference.

Does this story sound sort of familiar? It should, as the fire-breathing Maleficent dragon in Walt Disney World’s Festival of Fantasy parade caught fire back in 2018. That incident was confined to the dragon’s head, but it’s still noteworthy that two Maleficent dragons have burned down in five years.

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