Some spectators believed that a dragon with a flame-breathing fire was part of a show when it caught fire in Disneyland on Saturday evening.
The prop was engulfed by flames accidentally, but officials are investigating its cause. Jon McClintock is a spokesperson for Anaheim Fire and Rescue and the Anaheim Police Department. He spoke on Sunday.
He said that six workers had been treated for smoke inhalation, but they did not need further evaluation.
The fire was first reported around 11 pm local time, about 30 minutes after a "Fantasmic!" performance began.
According to the description of Disneyland's site, "stunning stunts, stunning pyrotechnics, and rousing musical accompaniment" are used in this show where Mickey Mouse dreamed he was a sorcerer’s apprentice.
The prop shows Maleficent as a 45 foot dragon, which breathes fire in a certain part of the show.
According to a TikTok clip, as the crowd watched, fire spread from the dragon's neck to the body.
As the fire spread, a voice was heard over a loudspeaker saying "Your Attention please." Due to unforeseeable circumstances, the performance of "Fantasmic!" will not continue. "We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause."
Tim Turensek from Minneapolis thought that the fire was part of the performance at first.
He said, "My sister was talking to me about how impressive it was." "I was like 'Man, can they set that head on flame and it stays intact?'" So at first we were kinda amazed at Disney and then realized it wasn't part of the show.
Turensek felt the heat of the fire from a distance of 150 feet.
The dragon prop's material or the source of its fire effects was not immediately apparent.
The immediate area around the fire has been evacuated and closed. The rest of the park remains open. Disneyland announced that workers were evacuated safely from Tom Sawyer Island where the show takes place.
Disneyland announced that it would temporarily suspend fire effects, similar to those at Disneyland's "Fantasmic!" at certain shows and entertainment experiences worldwide out of a sense of caution after the prop fire at "Fantasmic!