Maleficent dragon catches fire during Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom

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A fire-breathing dragon at a Walt Disney World parade actually caught fire Friday.

The float, which was part of a "Maleficent"-themed creation, was stopped and cast members quickly moved guests away from the float and parade, Disney said".

"Celebrate the spirit of Disney as Magic Kingdom park comes alive with music and dance during a tribute to the tales of Fantasyland", Disney's Magic Kingdom website description reads.

A video shot by a park visitor shows the dragon - representing the "Sleeping Beauty" character Maleficent - bobbing its burning head up and down.

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"It's all kicking off at the Magic Kingdom!"

The dragon float periodically rears its head and blows fire and smoke.

Local firefighters responded to the fire, but it had already been extinguished by the time they arrived. "The dragon was not looking the best after as you can see", one visitor wrote on Twitter. "Parade closed and the fire was promptly put out".

Disney officials said operations remained normal throughout the rest of the park, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. "Was the coolest parade float ever".

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