The iconic It’s a Small World attraction at Disneyland had a fire break out near it at Disneyland late on Saturday evening. Firefighters rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire, but it was a bit of a scare for those who happened to be in the park at the time it happened.
It was around 9:19 p.m. that a small fire broke out in a backstage area behind It’s a Small World, per KTLA. Disneyland, the Orange County theme park, was still open and going strong at the time that the fire broke out, and guests were all over the place.
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Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said that firefighters did respond to the scene quickly, and the fire was contained and out by 9:48 a.m., per ABC 7. A spokesperson for the Anaheim Fire Department said that there were no injuries and that It’s A Small World was not damaged.
While fire department officials and investigators have been working to see exactly what started the fire, there already is an idea in place.
It’s believed that there was a construction tarp draped over a backstage portion of It’s a Small World, and it is what started the fire. When the nightly fireworks went off at Disneyland, it’s believed that a spark landed on the tarp and ignited it.
The very same thing happened at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in Walt Disney World in November of 2014. Inquisitr was there on the scene at the time, and it was the exact same situation.
Some dry foliage on top of the Mine Train attraction burst into flames when a spark fro the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks landed on it. Fire trucks and firefighters rolled right into Fantasyland and quickly extinguished the blaze.
Areas and rooftops at Magic Kingdom are sprayed down with rooftop sprinklers shortly before the fireworks each evening. The night that Seven Dwarfs Mine Train caught on fire, there were some high winds that blew sparks a bit further than normal.
It’s a Small World at Disneyland was closed for a while on Saturday evening, but it had been expected to reopen late and then again on Sunday. Luckily, there were no injuries and the attraction — which has been open since 1966 — was not damaged in really any way at all.
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