The Maleficent Dragon is Back at the Magic Kingdom!

01/25/2019 Update:  The Maleficent Dragon float – in all her fire-breathing glory – is back in the Festival of Fantasy Parade today!!!  🙂

After an 8-month absence, Maleficent, in her guise as a Steampunk dragon, returned to the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy parade today, January 25, 2019. Welcome back Maleficent! We missed you!

I want a job that I love as much as this float pilot cast member loves her job!!! 🙂

October 2019 🙂
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Later on that evening during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party parade.


It was shocking when she caught fire and completely burned during the Festival of Fantasy parade in May 2018.

Thankfully, no one was injured, especially parade cast members.
dragon1May 11, 2018:  The fire-breathing Maleficent Dragon float in the Festival of Fantasy Parade caught fire today at the Magic Kingdom as the parade neared Liberty Square.

Guests stood around and filmed the burning dragon before cast members moved them away from the float. It was weird because the dragon continued to moved his head and the parade music continued to play.

The parade promptly stopped and several cast members responded with small portable fire extinguishers, which did not put out the fire burning in the dragon’s head.

Video Link:  Malificent Dragon Catches Fire at Magic Kingdom

The float’s pilot escaped unharmed.  The motorized dragon continued to lift its head up and down while the flames made their way down its neck to the float’s body.  No cast members or park guests were injured during the incident.

The float is a total loss.

The Maleficent Dragon float was a total loss when the fire was finally put out.

fire1Yesterday, the dragon float was replaced by a new float featuring Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora.  (We saw this float being used for them during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade last year.  Of course, then it was a lot more festive and decorated for the holidays.)

New float featuring Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora debuted in the FoF parade on Saturday, May 12th.

A brand new dragon float – the steampunk star of the Festival of Fantasy parade – will be added back into the parade in early 2019 with more safety equipment.


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Two Disney Sisters

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!




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Flying high in Adventureland with the wind in my hair!
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Look out below!  That camel spits!  😉
The Maleficent Soft-Serve Cone, available at Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom, features lime soft serve in a black waffle cone, topped with chocolate horns and purple sugar. Well, there’s certainly nothing villainous about that! $5.49 at Storybook Treats
May 2018, all Disney Parks Worldwide: The dragon at Disneyland Paris no longer breathes fire after the one in Disney World (Orlando, FL) caught fire during the Festival of Fantasy parade yesterday.  Disneyland Paris had no comment as to when it would resume fire breathing.


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