Disney Kills Iconic Dragon After Fire, Show Delayed Until 2024

Disney Kills Iconic Dragon After Fire, Show Delayed Until 2024

Disneyland Park’s well-liked Fantasmic! particular results present is delayed till 2024 following an April incident the place its Maleficent dragon animatronic caught on hearth. The Snow White animatronic won’t return when the present resumes subsequent spring, although Fantasmic! will proceed to prominently characteristic a battle between Mickey Mouse and the dragon, Theme Park Insider studies.

After the April 22 hearth, which seems to have been attributable to errant gasoline leaking from the dragon animatronic and reportedly resulted in no accidents, Fantasmic! was initially solely meant to be closed by means of Labor Day. Disney officers haven’t elaborated on why its Disneyland closure was prolonged, however a model of the present is at present nonetheless working at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park; Kotaku reached out for remark.

What’s the Fantasmic! present?

An “unbelievable nighttime present,” as Disneyland places it on its web site, Fantasmic! opened in 1992 in a burst of sunshine, fireworks, and adults singing musical theater on a riverboat. In it, Mickey has an elaborate and unbelievable dream that includes “memorable scenes from Disney classics,” Disneyland says, till Maleficent pulls him right into a nightmare with “enhanced particular results, state-of-the-art projections, and very good pyrotechnics.”

After all, these very good pyrotechnics are exactly what turned many years of delighted screams into astonished silence in April as Maleficent turned a 45-foot tall flaming effigy of U.S. gluttony. Enhanced particular results, state-of-the-art projections, and pyrotechnics? Come on, decide one.

Regardless of the hearth’s showing to soften off the entire dragon’s plasticine pores and skin, shutting down a large swathe of Disneyland park, and allegedly collapsing a whole stage space, some Disney followers are offended that the 27-minute present gained’t be returning as quickly as they thought it might.

“Nicely, this definitely goes to place a damper on my winter SoCal journey,” mentioned one disgruntled Theme Park Insider commenter. “Do I even trouble with Disney for a 3rd day?”

“What we had: Maleficent robotic balloon. What I’m hoping for: Maleficent made from drones,” mentioned one other commenter.

Disneyland has to date solely made imprecise statements about eager to ship “the very best present for our friends,” and, except for its 2024 return date, the way forward for Fantasmic! is unsure. If I’ll supply an thought, I’m imagining it affords fewer alternatives for mass evacuation.


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