Parade float catches fire at Disney World

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The Maleficent dragon, which had a functioning fire feature, went up in flames during this afternoon's Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom.

The Steampunk-style dragon - a representation of Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" - continued to lift its head up and down while engulfed in orange flames in the Magic Kingdom.

A Disney employee doused the flames with a fire extinguisher.

Members of the Reedy Creek fire department responded to the incident, but by the time they arrived the fire had been contained. There were no injuries to employees or visitors, she said.

"I think we have a problem; the dragon's literally on fire", a guest says in one video. Later, parts of its head piece appear to flake off and fall to the street.

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

This happened in Liberty Square at MK during the parade today. It includes several themed floats carrying many Disney characters, ranging from the royal "Frozen" sisters to Mickey Mouse.

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