Weeks After Reopening, Disneyland’s ‘Fantasmic!’ Experienced Major Malfunction

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Mickey Mouse and Maleficent dragon in Fantasmic! at Disneyland Resort

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Fantasmic! returned to Disneyland on May 28 to the excitement of longtime Disney Parks fans. Nighttime shows at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort were halted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but have been slowly making their return.

Related: Disney Announces Special Offerings Returning For Fantasmic!

Since its return, Fantasmic! has had its fair share of issues. Mickey Mouse himself took a terrifying tumble right before fireworks shot out of his fingers last week.

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This week, it appears that a fan-favorite element of the show was missing entirely. On Tuesday evening, Reddit user u/heyrico shared a photo from their viewing of Fantasmic!. In the picture, Maleficent the dragon, a massive animatronic that battles Mickey in his dream and shoots fire, was nowhere to be found, instead replaced with a blurry water projection:

In case you’re wondering, this is what the Fantasmic dragon looks like when it’s out of commission.

In case you’re wondering, this is what the Fantasmic dragon looks like when it’s out of commission. from Disneyland


Another Guest, u/bigboxburger710, reported that they were highly disappointed when Fantasmic! was missing its iconic dragon:

I was so bummed one time I brought my friend who hadn’t seen the show and I talked up the dragon all day! And it ended up being the projection, truly sad. The show’s still awesome without it so you gotta love it either way!

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One Disney fan argued this was another example of the Disney Park going downhill. u/JerrodDRagon said:


The show has been down for over 2 years and they can’t get the dragon to work?

Just wow, this is the kinda shit that works make Walt spin in his grave

Disneyland’s Fantasmic! regularly performs twice a night. Walt Disney World’s version of Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is scheduled to return later in 2022.

More on Fantasmic!

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Fantasmic! is an integral part of the Disneyland experience for many Guests. Though it’s gone through some changes over the years, it’s always the perfect way to end a day at Disneyland Resort. From Disney:

Daring heroes and epic villains do battle on a grand scale in an incredible nighttime show—starring Mickey Mouse.

When Dreams Come to Life

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—including Maleficent as a 45-foot, fire-breathing dragon! 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.

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Have you seen Disneyland’s Fantasmic! since it reopened? What did you think? Let us know in the comments. 

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