Dragon float catches on fire during Disney's Magic Kingdom parade

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A dragon float in Disney World's Festival of Fantasy Parade caught fire Friday afternoon, filling the air with thick black smoke.

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. There were no injuries to employees or visitors, it was reported.

Witnesses on scene said it happened during the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and large plumes of black smoke and flames could be seen coming from the dragon's head, WFTV reports.

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The daily 12-minute parade has been a fixture at the theme park for the past four years. She wrote on Facebook that the dragon's head was on fire.

Several pictures and videos taken by visitors show some employees trying to control the flame with fire extinguishers while some others secured the area around the animatronic dragon, which had stopped rolling. A Disney worker is inside its neck and the float is surrounded by costumed staff. Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando Resort and more - they can do it all, and at no extra cost to you!

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