This picture may be the answer to a question I've had for a couple of years now. I was in the cast-members restaurant "The Eat-Ticket" back in 2007, the cafe that's full of old park props and relics, one of which was a big Maleficent dragon. No one present knew exactly what it was from, but there was the belief it was from a parade. No cameras were allowed, and while my memory thinks it looked a bit like this one, it also seems really big to fit inside. Anybody been in the Eat-Ticket that can confirm whether this is the same dragon or not?
(I've never visited Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Resort Paris, nor Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, so don't be fooled when I pretend to know what I'm talking about. [But I'm pretty good with the information, if I do say so myself. And you can hit me all you want with Walt Disney World.])
Love vintage disneyland photos and this is a great one! However, I do agree with earlier posters in the sentiment that having Maleficent and the dragon in one place is kinda odd, but I guess we're just not supposed to think that much.
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This is really cool! This "Mistress of all Evil" is my fave Disney villain.
Side note: does anyone think it's bizarre that they put Maleficent AND her alter-ego, the Dragon, on the same float? That's like having Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde in the same place. I get that it's more about artistry than accuracy sometimes. Not being critical... I just think it's interesting! I wonder if a dude played her back then like they do now in Fantasmic.
The exact same thing occurred to me when I saw this.
That was the great Flights of Fantasy Parade which celebrated the opening of New Fantasyland -- all the floats had oversized inflatable elements like the Dragon seen here - - another good one I remember was the Alice unit which had an inflated Mad Tea Party table set that the characters cavorted atop (still the cool big head versions of Mad Hatter and March Hare in those days).
Being before the digital revolution, it's rare to find shots of this parade which was really well designed and elaborate for its time.
Maleficent seldom appeared in those days but they designed an outfit that was used both in the reopening of the castle ceremonies (she crashed the party of course) and again in this parade.
WOW! that float looks hella dangerous but very cool at the same time. Tell me if i'm wrong but wasn't that parade shipped out to Tokyo Disneyland at some point?
I don't think so. The parade that Tokyo copied from DL was called Fantasy on Parade. I say "copied" loosely, since I don't think they got any of our floats but instead built all new based on our original theme.
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