Maleficent Dragon Returns to Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

After an 8-month absence, Maleficent, in her guise as a Steampunk dragon, returns to the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy parade today, January 25.

The Steampunk Maleficent dragon returns to Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade on January 25. ©Disney

Back on May 11, 2018, there was an incident in which the dragon float caught fire, causing damage to the float itself, but no injuries. After months of repairs and adding enhanced safety features, the float is now back in action.

Also returning to the parade are other Sleeping Beauty characters: Prince Phillip; the fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather; and Maleficent’s villainous “Ravens.”

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade characters

The Magic Kingdom’s afternoon parade features characters from a number of beloved Disney stories, from contemporary features like “Tangled” and “Frozen” to the classics “Peter Pan” “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

There are nearly 100 performers featured in this parade — some on stilts, swings and flying rigs — that makes its way daily down Main Street, U.S.A.

Have you been looking forward to the return of the Maleficent dragon to the Festival of Fantasy Parade? Let us know in the comments!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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