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Maleficent float that caught fire returns to Disney parade

Maleficent "has had some work done" Disney announced in returning the popular dragon float to the Magic Kingdom parade.
Published Jan. 25

Maleficent, the fire-breathing parade float that actually caught fire last May, has returned to the Walt Disney World parade lineup.

The dragon from Sleeping Beauty was a spectacular float that unexpectedly burst into flames in front of theme park guests at the Magic Kingdom on May 11. No one was injured, but plenty of social media users recorded images of Maleficent's head on fire.

The float has been missing from the parade since then, but on Friday, Walt Disney World debuted the new and improved Maleficent, "complete with enhanced safety features to keep her in check."

Like before, this Maleficent dragon float does breathe fire. In an uncharacteristically cheeky announcement, a press release noted that the Disney villain has "had some work done — although she would never admit it."

And with the return of the dragon float, Disney announced ways to celebrate Maleficent 2.0:

• A Maleficent cone, lime ice cream in a black waffle cone topped with purple sugar and chocolate horns that looks like Angelina Jolie's portrayal of Maleficent in the live-action film. The treat is available for a limited time at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland.

• Maleficent merchandise such as T-shirts, jewelry and socks are on display at Sir Mickey's and the Emporium

• Maleficent-style Disney ears, featuring her iconic horns, at the Le Chapeau gift shop at Magic Kingdom and Celebrity 5 and 10 at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's daily Festival of Fantasy parade, which features characters from about a dozen classic fairy tales, starts at 3 p.m. at the Magic Kingdom.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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