Magic Kingdom Float Up in Smoke, Maleficent Dragon Catches Fire

During the Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World today, some… unexpected and unintentional pyrotechnics happened.

Specifically, the dragon-form Maleficent float's head caught on fire during the parade.

Early word is that no one (guests or cast) were hurt during the occurrence. There has not yet been a comment from the park about what caused the magic to go awry.

ThemeParkInsider says that it appears the float has been destroyed, however.

You can see in this video that normally during the parade, the large purple animatronic shoots (controlled) fire from her mouth:

Also no word on whether or not Prince Philip was seen near the area before or after the blaze, you know how he can be around dragons.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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