In the world of theme parks, Disneyland is an iconic name that brings joy and happiness to millions of people. However, in 2018, the park experienced an unexpected and frightening event when a fire broke out during the performance of the “Festival of Fantasy” parade. The cause of the fire? A malfunction in the animatronic dragon that was part of the parade.
The dragon, a 16-foot-tall creature made of steel and latex, was designed to breathe fire as part of its performance. However, during the parade, something went wrong, and the dragon suddenly caught fire. The flames quickly spread, engulfing the dragon in a matter of seconds. Spectators watched in horror as the fire spread and cast thick black smoke across the park.
Disneyland staff quickly responded to the situation, evacuating the surrounding areas and calling the fire department. Within minutes, firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished the blaze. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, and the park was able to continue operations as usual.
The incident was a stark reminder that even the most well-planned events can go wrong, and that safety should always be a top priority. While the cause of the fire was ultimately determined to be a malfunction in the dragon’s internal workings, Disneyland took the incident seriously and worked to improve safety protocols and equipment.
Despite the frightening nature of the incident, Disneyland’s response was commendable, with staff working quickly and efficiently to ensure the safety of guests and employees. The park also took steps to reassure visitors that the incident was a rare occurrence and that they could continue to enjoy the park with confidence.
Then there was this weekend.
A huge fire broke out near the Tom Sawyer Island attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on Saturday night.
The fire broke out during the “Fantasmic!” nighttime water and fireworks show at the Rivers of America, according to KTLA.
The show was cut off after the fire broke out, KABCreported. The show uses fire and water effects to tell the story of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Videos showed the dragon in flames and led cast members to evacuate from the Tom Sawyer Island, Reuters reported.
In the end, the Disneyland dragon catching on fire was a reminder that even the happiest places on earth can face unexpected challenges. However, with quick thinking, effective protocols, and a focus on safety, these challenges can be overcome, and the magic of Disneyland can continue to bring joy and happiness to visitors from around the world.