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Maleficent breathes real fire in Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom

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Perhaps the most eagerly awaited parade float in the new Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom was the steampunk Maleficent dragon. She's everyone's favorite villain, so decked her out in steampunk style, with a legion of raven and thorn performers, was the perfect touch for Walt Disney World's latest afternoon extravaganza.

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Click the slideshow accompanying this article to see the fire-breathing dragon in action, along with several different views of the float and performers. When you come to see the parade for yourself, watch for details like the clockwork insides and the waving tail. If you want to be sure to see the fire, stake out a spot on the Tomorrowland side of the hub near the Fastpass+ viewing area, or grab a parade Fastpass if you can.

For an overview slideshow of the whole parade, jump to this article. You'll see characters, performers, massive floats, and more.

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