Maleficent dragon catches fire during parade at Disney World

Malificent Dragon Float

During today's performance, the entire head of the dragon caught on fire in the Liberty Square section of the parade, but was fully extinguished.

A dragon float from the movie Maleficent caught fire at Disney World's Magic Kingdom Friday afternoon.

Video footage shows the dragon-a likeness of Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty"-continuing to bob its head up and down as the flames consumed it".

Viewers sent in video to News Channel 8 showing the flames.

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Walt Disney World officials said no employees or guests were injured during the incident, which was quickly addressed. Later, parts of its head piece appear to flake off and fall to the street.

It happened during the Magic Kingdom's daily Festival of Fantasy parade.

"The parade went past us and the mechanical dragon was all good until it burst into flames", park guest MartinMJ22 wrote on Twitter. As you can see, the scene was heavily documented on social media. An employee is stationed inside the unit, sitting near the base of the neck.

The spokeswoman said the company was still in the process of figuring out what went wrong.

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