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Maleficent dragon catches fire during Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom

by Brittani Tuttle
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The Maleficent float in the “Festival of Fantasy” parade caught fire today in Magic Kingdom.

The Maleficent dragon float caught on fire today during the 3:00 performance of the “Festival of Fantasy” parade at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

In the usual performance of the parade, the dragon’s head shoots a blast of fire from its nose, timed to the parade’s score. Check out our video of Chris Ort from Walt Disney Imagineering explaining how the fire effect works below (13:15):

During today’s performance, the entire head of the dragon caught on fire in the Liberty Square section of the parade, but was fully extinguished. Video courtesy of Taylor Standridge:

“No one was injured,” said Standridge. “The staff responded as quickly as possible.”

The area was immediately cleared, and there were no injuries to guests or Cast Members in the area. The Maleficent float is damaged from the incident, though it is unclear if or how this will affect the daily operation of the “Festival of Fantasy” parade in Magic Kingdom.

Stay tuned to our website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Channel for more information as this story develops.

Check out our video of the Maleficent float on its first day of the parade below:

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