Fantasmic’s Maleficent Dragon Spotted During Aerial Look at Refurbishment

Photo Credit: WDWMagazine (left) / @bioreconstruct (right)

We previously shared the news that Walt Disney World’s Fantasmic looks like it is under refurbishment with aerial photos of the work happening behind the scene. Disney’s entertainment has been making a comeback since COVID-19 closure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the return of entertainment favorites such as Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage now open and Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular reopening later this year. Most recently, Disney’s Hollywood Studios welcomed back a projection show on the Chinese Theater called “Wonderful World of Animation“. In addition, Hollywood Studios has also announced “Disney Movie Magic” will be returning soon. Of course, amidst the excitement of the new nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park (Disney Enchantment) and EPCOT (Harmonious), Disney’s Hollywood Studios has yet to see the return of either of their two beloved pre-COVID nighttime experiences – Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectualcar. We’re hoping the refurbishment currently taking place on Fantasmic is a step in the right direction for the show to reopen. And now, more aerial views have spotted Fantasmic’s Maleficent Dragon.

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Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Aerial photographer, @bioreconstruct, has taken to Twiter to share photos of Fantasmic’s current refurbishment look from the skies. The photo below is an aerial overview of the refurbishment of the Fantasmic stage, which if you look closely you’ll stop the ship that carries all the Fantasmic Disney characters has been stripped to the frame.

Credit: @bioreconstruct Twitter

Here’s a look at the Fantasmic ship below in its previous state during one of the former shows. This ship is a fan-favorite as it was Captained by a favorite Disney character, Steamboat Mickey (AKA Steamboat Willie), and held multiple Disney characters that waved happily as the boat cruised by the excited crowd in the Fantasmic amphitheater.


@bioreconstruct takes us to the front side of the Fantasmic stage currently under refurbishment. Notice the Maleficent dragon used during the show in the center of the photo?

Credit: @bioreconstruct Twitter

Here’s a close-up of the Fantasmic Maleficent dragon.

Credit: @bioreconstruct Twitter

Below is a shot of the Walt Disney World villain Maleficent Dragon during a Fantasmic show in all her glory. Our big hope is that Disney is planning to refurbish Maleficent much into the impressive Maleficent Dragon shown during Disneyland’s Fantasmic.

Photo Credit: WDWMagazine.com

The photo above is Maleficent Dragon at WDW, check out the photo below for her impressive look at Disneyland with Sorcerer Mickey!

Fantasmic (Photo Credit: latimes.com)

We’d love to see Disney World’s Maleficent get a similar upgrade like the Disneyland Maleficent dragon. Of course, at the moment, we just want the show back… so we’ll take whichever Maleficent we can get!


Walt Disney World describes Fantasmic as “A Legendary Tale: Featuring more than 50 live performers, massive sets, stunning effects, dazzling pyrotechnics, and rousing music, this larger-than-life show is painted on a grand canvas of dancing water and light like nothing you’ve ever seen. Overflowing with silly and suspenseful surprises, it will leave your entire family smiling from ear to ear!” “A Night When Dreams Come True: Fast asleep, Mickey Mouse dreams that he is a mighty sorcerer’s apprentice with the power to control water, color, and magic. The Disney Villains—including Maleficent in the form of a towering, 40-foot-tall dragon—turn Mickey’s dream into a nightmare, but don’t underestimate the power of Mickey’s imagination! The fantastic fantasy includes Disney Characters from some of your favorite animated classics: Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Do you think Disney is preparing for the return of Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? We hope so!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.