Another Prank? Disney Guest Frightens Onlookers With Burning Castle


We have seen plenty of rumors keeping the rumor mill running in recent months when it comes to Disney news, ranging from the replacement of Mickey Mouse to the permanent closure of the Animal Kingdom Park. Now, another falsehood has taken social media by storm — and this time, it involves the precious Cinderella Castle!

While visiting the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort recently, a TikTok user (whose handle is @sachaofficialmusic) shared some disturbing footage of Cinderella Castle.

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“Partners Statue” in front of Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom/Courtesy of Disney

This Disney princess castle is the backdrop for many major Disney events (such as the Festival of Fantasy parade) and iconic photo opportunities — not to mention nighttime spectaculars (such as the Disney Enchantment nighttime spectacular or Happily Ever After), so seeing smoke billowing from the magical Disney castle was a sight that garnered more than 2.5 million views on TikTok!


POV: Is it me or is the Castle at Disney World on 🔥😳 #POV #Disney #DisneyWorld #MagicKingdom #fyp

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

Upon closer inspection, it looks like there is simply a trick of the light happening. Shadows have made the Cinderella Castle look as if its structure is on fire, at least from where this TikTok user is filming on Main Street, U.S.A., but no fires or injuries were reported.

Although footage from Disney Park Guests that is shared on social media can be helpful in certain circumstances, false information can also be shared promptly — and the sight of Cinderella’s fairy tale princess castle burning certainly brought some unnecessary stress to some TikTok users’ (and Disney enthusiasts’) days!


Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Have you seen this viral video on social media? Did you recognize right away that a trick of the light was responsible for the rumor about the iconic structure in the Magic Kingdom Park, or were you feeling panicky upon seeing the smoke?

What are your thoughts on Disney influencers’ work and the use of social media during Walt Disney World Resort vacations? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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