The afternoon parade is one of the staples of the Magic Kingdom theme parks worldwide, with guests lining the parade route, sometimes for hours, to attain the best viewing spot. Each Disney resort has its own themed parade down Main Street and through other areas of the park. At Walt Disney World, Celebrate A Dream Come True had been running since 2009 at Magic Kingdom, but it has now ended its run, as a brand new parade is making its way to the park. Today, a new element of the parade was unveiled and it looks like it may well be the highlight. Take a peek at images of a magnificent Maleficent dragon after the break!
The east coast park is certainly in for a treat, as the dragon, shared by the Disney Parks Blog, has the potential to mesmerize those who come to view the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. Disney went with a rather inspired choice in giving Maleficent a steampunk design. The dragon is made to appear as a giant machine, stretching 26 feet in height, which will have it towering over the large crowds. Mix the size and stunning design and you have what is likely to be the favorite aspect of the parade for many visitors.
The dragon is the latest addition to the parade, which celebrates Fantasyland, the area of the park that unites the worlds of the Disney fairy tale films, including Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Tangled, and even Pixar’s Brave. Maleficent gives us the menacing character from Sleeping Beauty, adding another property that we will see during the daily parade.
The designer of the massive dragon is none other than Michael Curry, who collaborated with Julie Taymor to create the beautiful puppets seen in the stage production of The Lion King (which won him a Tony Award). Although the puppets in that show may be among his most famous products, he also worked with Disney on the “Tapestry of Nations Parade” at Epcot and “Finding Nemo: The Musical” at Animal Kingdom, both also on property at WDW Resort. All he has left is Hollywood Studios for his designs to be seen at each WDW theme park!
The “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” makes its debut at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park this Spring!