By Matt Mauney, Orlando Sentinel
10:56 AM EST, January 14, 2014
The latest parade at Walt Disney World is beginning to take shape.
Disney released this week photos of a new Maleficent-themed float for its Festival of Fantasy Parade at Fantasyland inside Magic Kingdom.
The float is a Steampunk-inspired Dragon, which stretches 35 feet in length and 26 feet tall. It was designed in a partnership with Tony Award-winner Michael Curry, who has collaborated with the "Tapestry of Nations" parade at Epcot and "Finding Nemo - The Musical" at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The dragon will give Maleficent a presence in the Festival of Fantasy Parade, which will debut at Fantasyland this spring.
"Maleficent" is one of the most anticipated films coming this summer. The film is the untold story of one of Disney's most iconic villains, Maleficent, the antagonist in the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty." Maleficent will be played by Angelina Jolie.
Disney's latest parade will also highlight the stories of "Dumbo," "Pinocchio," "Peter Pan," "Tangled" and "Brave," among others.
The Festival of Fantasy Parade replaces the "Celebrate a Dream Come True" parade at Magic Kingdom, which ended its daily run on Dec. 20. The "Move it, Shake It, Celebrate It" and "Main Street Electrical Parade" will continue throughout the transition.
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