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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Jan. 19, 2014

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

After a few hints, we unveiled the mysterious new float coming this spring to the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park. It’s an impressive float that represents Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” – in the form of an enormous, Steampunk-inspired dragon.

Maleficent Joins the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,’ Coming to Magic Kingdom Park

The Maleficent Dragon has been designed in partnership with Tony Award-winner Michael Curry, whose previous collaborations with Disney Parks have included the “Tapestry of Nations” parade at Epcot and “Finding Nemo – The Musical” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Check Jennifer’s original story more more details about the Maleficent Dragon and what’s coming to Magic Kingdom Park.


And we continued our blog-exclusive series on the history of the Disneyland Monorail with a look back at the Mark III. This model had nearly a twenty-year run on the rails above Disneyland park. Erin Glover has more on the history of the Disneyland Monorail Mark III.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns March 5-May 18 – Topiaries for this year will include Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and more!

Join the Fun at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Character Roundup at Disneyland Park – Open Fridays through Sundays, the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Character Roundup features trick ropers, the famous Disneyland Resort horses and of course, your favorite Disney characters.

Big Fun on the Big Screen at AMC Downtown Disney 24 – 24 screens show all the latest movies, including “Frozen” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” at this theater at Walt Disney World Resort.

Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Returns to Disney California Adventure Park – Celebrate the Year of the Horse with a Lunar New Year event taking place at Disney California Adventure Park!

VIDEO: Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz – Behind the Scenes with Jessica Chastain as Merida – Watch the making of this “Brave”-inspired portrait and a conversation with Jessica Chastain on all things Disney!

Magic Kingdom Park Says ‘Good Knight’ to the UCF Football Team with Gala Hometown Parade – Take in the highlights of this hometown team celebration of the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champs!

A Mom’s Take: Exploring the Wonders of Dubrovnik with Disney Cruise Line – Marcy, a Disney Cruise Line specialist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, tours the port of Dubrovnik, Croatia.