West News Wire: This past weekend, the popular “Fantasmic!” presentation at Disneyland shocked viewers when its fire-breathing animatronic dragon unexpectedly caught fire.
The Anaheim Fire Department stated that no injuries were reported as a result of the fire that broke out Saturday night at the Southern California entertainment park.
Ryan Laux, a frequent visitor to Disneyland, claimed that the “Fantasmic!” performance had always included fire. But he claimed that when flames didn’t emanate from the customary places, he knew something was wrong.
Laux, a resident of Los Angeles who recorded the blaze on camera, claimed that the fire “started going on fire in the head instead of the fire projecting out.”
The show was stopped almost immediately “and then right after that, the dragon started catching fire and the whole body was up in flames,” he told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The show takes place twice nightly near the park’s famous Tom Sawyer Island. The climax features Mickey Mouse battling a giant dragon named Maleficent.
Laux said Mickey vanished from the stage as soon as the dragon’s head became engulfed in flames.
The extent of the damage wasn’t immediately known.