Word on the street is that Murphy the Dragon had a major malfunction during last night’s 9:00 pm performance. Murphy, of course, is the dragon that refused to work for much of the initial summer season it was installed for. It earned the name Murphy for Murphy’s Law – what ever can go wrong, will. Last night he just collapsed on stage (http://twitpic.com/2je6yf Update: and http://twitpic.com/2jewso – that second one shows a huge gash in Murphy’s Belly. Did anyone see Prince Philip throwing his sword?) and the belief is that this is a serious problem. It may be a while before Murphy returns.
The other big problem is the lift that brings Mickey on stage at the beginning and end of the show is broken. That means Mickey runs on stage at the beginning of the show and just stays on top of the mill at the end. That big magic moment that seals the ‘it was just a dream’ story is gone for now. That’s really a shame.
Add this to refurbishments for Flotsam and Jetsam and reductions in fireworks and Fantasmic is starting to look like a pale imitation of its former self. Could too much attention be focused across the esplanade right now? Someone rescue please this amazing show from consignment to the dust bin.
Update: Apparently Murphy has been acting up for a few months now. Here’s an iPhone video of Murphy unable to bend down the light the river, so the fire shoots right at the audience.
This video from Murphy’s first night shows how it is supposed to be done.