Disney Fires That Changed Theme Parks Forever

in Disney

Donald Duck doing a stop action with a logo of prohibited fire use up top, with a background of disney world resort and disney castle

Credit: Inside the Magic

Disney fires have long been a topic of interest, especially with the host of pyrotechnics that make theme parks such iconic attractions. And while some fires are part of the plan, others certainly are not. Sadly, good intentions won’t stop a fire, even if the new Elemental suggests otherwise.

Disney Fire and Water in new film | Credit: Inside the Magic
Disney Fire and Water in new film | Credit: Inside the Magic

In fact, Disney fires have an enormous impact on guests, employees, and the parks themselves. As a result, Disney takes an important place in creating safe theme park standards. The family-friendly atmosphere promotes inclusion, diversity and security.

The bad news? Fire has a mind of its own. The good news? Disney theme parks have been around since 1955, and that means proof of survival and adaptability. When Disneyland Resort opened, a huge feature was the Burning Cabin, an illusion of fire that captivated guests.

Stitch from Disney Movie 'Lilo & Stitch' against a Disney fire background. | Credit: pixabay.com, luaviles_dgrafico
Stitch from Disney Movie ‘Lilo & Stitch’ against a Disney fire background. | Credit: pixabay.com, luaviles_dgrafico

Wildfires have long been a source of worry for Disney Resort enthusiasts. Studies show that California is more likely to experience fires than before.

This means the likelihood of increased risk with fire-related attractions. These same climate changes mean a higher fire risk in different parts of the world. As with any accident, it often happens when it’s least expected.

This photo shows a fire during the Fantasmic show in the Tom Sawyer Island section of Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 2023. | Credit: Shawna Bell/AP
This photo shows a fire during the Fantasmic show in the Tom Sawyer Island section of Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 2023. | Credit: Shawna Bell/AP

And infernos large and small do pop up at many Disney theme parks. On May 12, 2023, a fire broke out in Everland, commonly known as the “Disneyland of South Korea.”

Just a few weeks prior, a literal dragon breathing fire burned out of control in Anaheim. After that incident at Disneyland’s Fantasmic!, the feature is remaining down until Labor Day.

So, it’s pretty clear that when you play with fire, the result is more fire. There’s no way to plan for the unforeseeable, but it helps to look at weather when booking a trip. Guests don’t usually head down to Orlando during hurricane season or over California when fires get out of hand.

Disney fires break out at Disneyland Resort. Dragon catches fire. | Credit: Inside the Magic
Disney fires break out at Disneyland Resort. Dragon catches fire. | Credit: Inside the Magic

One certain thing: every fire incident is a chance to make Disney safer, more engaging, and better for guests. From being the original pyrotechnic theme park to using advancing tech to make parks better, there is the opportunity for growth. Whether Disney takes that chance, only time will tell.

What are your thoughts about the pyrotechnic wonders at Disney? Worth the risk or better without? Let Inside the Magic hear your take in the comments below!

Comments Off on Disney Fires That Changed Theme Parks Forever