Dragon at Disneyland’s ‘Fantasmic!’ Performance Catches Fire



When a fire-breathing dragon caught hearth at Disneyland on Saturday evening, some spectators thought it was a part of the present.

However the prop being engulfed in flames was unintentional, and officers had been investigating the trigger, Sgt. Jon McClintock, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Division and Anaheim Hearth and Rescue, stated on Sunday.

At the very least six staff had been handled for smoke inhalation however didn’t require additional analysis, he stated.

The hearth was reported at about 11 p.m. native time, half-hour after the beginning of a efficiency of “Fantasmic!”

The present, wherein Mickey Mouse desires that he’s a sorcerer’s apprentice, makes use of “gorgeous results, thrilling stunts, dazzling pyrotechnics and rousing music,” in response to an outline on Disneyland’s web site.

A prop depicts Maleficent, one of many villains within the story, as a 45-foot dragon that breathes hearth throughout part of the efficiency.

As a crowd watched, the hearth began across the dragon’s head after which unfold to its physique and alongside its neck, in response to a TikTok video.

“Your consideration, please,” a voice stated over a loudspeaker as the hearth unfold. “On account of unexpected circumstances, this efficiency of ‘Fantasmic!’ is not going to proceed. We apologize for any inconvenience this will trigger.”

When the prop started to catch on hearth, Tim Turensek, an accountant who was visiting from Minneapolis, stated he briefly thought the blaze was an intentional a part of the present.

“My sister and I had been speaking about the way it was spectacular,” he stated. “I used to be like, ‘Man, they’ll set that head on hearth and it simply stays completely intact?’ So we had been sort of amazed at Disney at first after which realized it was not a part of the present.”

From the place he stood from about 150 ft away, Mr. Turensek might really feel the warmth from the hearth.

It was not instantly clear what the dragon prop was product of or what fueled its hearth results.

The world instantly across the hearth was evacuated and closed, whereas the remainder of the park remained open. Staff had been safely evacuated from Tom Sawyer Island, the place the efficiency takes place, Disneyland stated in an announcement.

“We’re briefly suspending hearth results just like these used at Disneyland park’s ‘Fantasmic!’ at choose reveals and leisure experiences globally out of an abundance of warning following the ‘Fantasmic!’ prop hearth,” Disneyland stated.