‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Closed Until Labor Day, Promising Exciting Enhancements and ‘New Magic’ for the Show


‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Closed Until Labor Day, Promising Exciting Enhancements and ‘New Magic’ for the Show

‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland has been closed since the Maleficent dragon caught fire during a performance last month. While there were rumors the show would return sometime this month, Disney has now confirmed the show will be on hiatus until at least Labor Day. The holiday falls on September 4, 2023, this year.

Related – Video: Maleficent Dragon Catches Fire During “Fantasmic!” in Disneyland


Disneyland released the following statement regarding the nighttime spectacular:

“We are taking this time to evaluate the show and explore opportunities to add new magic and touches for Guests to enjoy. Guests who had a previously-booked “Fantasmic!” Dining Package will be notified of the hiatus. More information will be coming soon on alternate experiences for Guests this summer.”

We don’t know what exactly “new magic and touches” will be added to the show but we are excited to see what Disney brings to ‘Fantasmic!’.

‘Fantasmic!’ debuted at Disneyland on May 13, 1992. The Disneyland website describes the nighttime show as:

“As darkness falls, dazzling special effects transform the Rivers of America into an epic canvas for this extravagant live show.

Fast asleep, Mickey dreams he is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. With a wave of his hands, he conducts scenes from Fantasia across enormous screens of water while brilliant sparks burst overhead. Pink elephants, swashbuckling pirates, princesses and more—including memorable scenes from Disney classics such as Aladdin, The Lion King, Tangled and Pirates of the Caribbean—appear on and around the Rivers of America.

When Mickey is suddenly pulled into the Magic Mirror, his dream takes a dark turn. The Evil Queen from Snow White conjures up some of Disney’s most dastardly villains! Mickey must use the power of his imagination to vanquish his foes—and save the day.

Featuring a fantastical array of live performers, beloved Disney characters, enhanced special effects, state-of-the-art projections and superb pyrotechnics, this show will wow the entire family.”

Maleficent Dragon Fire

On April 22, during the second performance of ‘Fantasmic!’, the Maleficent dragon prop caught on fire and was completely destroyed. The show was canceled and the areas surrounding Tom Sawyer Island were evacuated.

Disney then suspended all similar fire effects at its parks globally while an investigation was run. The Maleficent dragon that is part of the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom has since begun breathing fire again in select areas of the parade.

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