LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Growing up visiting Disney, I can remember, yes I can remember that long ago, the Parade down Main Street USA was a MUST. And being one of three boys, I’ll be the first to admit, the parade in my memories did not include a fire breathing dragon or many of the other twenty-first-century technical surprise. But none the less it still left an everlasting impression. (clearly) 

So we were extremely excited and happy to see that in a signature style befitting one of the most iconic Disney villains, Maleficent makes her triumphant return to Disney’s Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom. And although I would never ever say ask her to her face, the big rumor is that she’s had some work done.

Of course still sporting her classic Steampunk style, Maleficent returns in full dragon form. And, when she feels the need, a ten foot exhale of fire can be seen and felt by the hundreds of guest that have come out to see her in all her glory! But she is not alone.  Making their return to the parade are Prince Phillip; the Fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather; and the mischievous “Ravens” who fly around Maleficent just waiting to do her bidding.

In All Her Glory

Maleficent brings all of her villainy back to the Disney’s Festival of Fantasy parade – just one part of the daily spectacular where enchanting stories and characters from Fantasyland come to life for Magic Kingdom guests. The fanciful tribute to Fantasyland highlights several new and classic Disney and Pixar stories on a grand scale.

There are nearly 100 performers – on stilts, swings and flying rigs – donning vibrant costumes in this lively mini-Broadway cavalcade soaring to new heights on Main Street, U.S.A. The parade features beloved characters from favorite Disney stories – both newer treasures like “Tangled” and “Frozen” to classics like “Peter Pan” “Cinderella” and – of course – Maleficent’s story “Sleeping Beauty.”

With so much technology available, Disney’s Festival of Fantasy parade is part of a new generation of parades for Disney Parks featuring never-before-used technology on floats like Maleficent and the many other eye-popping floats adorned with Disney characters from more than a dozen fairytales. Set to an all-new musical score, the three-story-tall floats will leave both young and old kids in awe. Add the amazing performers in dramatic costumes crafted at ten different design houses across the country, and you have a Disney Parade that seems to top any others. 

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