Fire in the Disney Parking Structure

Fire burning cars in the Disneyland Parking Lot. Photo courtesy of

Salvador Martinez, Photojournalist

It’s something strange you would never expect to happen at the happiest place on Earth. At least eight cars caught fire last Monday at Disneyland, injuring park staff officials, causing some immediate evacuations and nearly $180,000 in total damage, according to the authorities. During the blaze, seven Disney employees suffered from smoke inhalation, four of them were taken to the hospital due to the fire. At the moment no foul play is suspected, and the cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation.


The fire was reported just around 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Mickey & Friends parking lot garage. The parking structure has floors named after Disney characters and provides an estimate amount of 10,000 parking spaces. By 5:30 p.m., the fire was extinguished. Hundreds of park visitors and employees were stuck outside the structure unable to get to their cars until the evacuation and shutdown ended after about two hours. Four cars were completely destroyed and another four cars had major damages. A few other vehicles had minor damage, according to the Anaheim Police.



A spontaneous fire can be terrifying. One of the students currently attending YLHS, Sarah Ruggles (10), who was at the site with her friends states, “My friend’s mom’s car was on the same floor as the fire, and her car almost was burned and destroyed! Thank goodness nothing happened to it!”


The Disney parks remained open as usual until 8 p.m. Disney representatives referred questions about the blaze to fire officials. By far, this is considered to be one of the most tragic events since the opening of the lot in 2000.