After a pyrotechnic accident within the Magic Kingdom during a fireworks performance, the Walt Disney World Resort closed areas of Fantasyland to Guests.
As part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration, Walt Disney World debuted Disney Enchantment, a new nighttime spectacular within Magic Kingdom Park, including fireworks and other special effects. However, compared to its predecessor, Happily Ever After, many Guests reacted to the anniversary performance with less than satisfactory reviews, potentially prompting its swift removal once the 50th celebration ends this March.
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Allegedly, the Disney Enchantment show got even worse on the evening of January 13, 2023, when a pyrotechnics incident led to a small fire within the Fantasyland area of the theme park. Presumably, the flames came as the result of forecasted high winds in the Orlando area at the time of the performance, which blew some spark onto the show buildings around the fireworks.
Moreover, the winds apparently also delayed the show itself by a few minutes, with a sign within the Resort advertising “Due to adverse wind/weather conditions, some areas may be closed prior to and during tonight’s fireworks performance. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.”
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Typically, Disney Parks will sometimes section off pathways, or even close full areas of the Park, during nighttime spectaculars, especially those involving pyrotechnics to ensure Guest safety. As a result, this is likely why Guests discovered all of Fantasyland had closed and its attractions rendered temporarily unavailable during Disney Enchantment showtimes, though a Guest present at the time of the incident alleged that this was so Disney’s safety teams could assess possible damage.
Moreover, you can watch a full video of the Magic Kingdom fire shared on TikTok by Streaming The Magic. Although the rides remained down even after the show’s conclusion, they have all since reopened to entertain Guests for another day at the Most Magical Place on Earth, confirming that Magic Kingdom did not sustain any permanent fire damage.
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As always, Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort should utilize the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date records on changes in ride availability and entertainment schedules due to adverse weather conditions.
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