Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Dinos in Pop Culture - Magic Kingdom's Maleficent Dragon


For my final Dinos of Disney post (for now), we look at what is not a direct dinosaur, but possibly the evolution of dinosaurs' influence on medieval cultures over time, and that is the dragon! 

I had talked about it before but there is evidence that dinosaur bones possibly led people to create dragons over time. And as time continued these dragons have evolved within our culture just as animals evolve in nature until we are left with the remnants of that evolution. So, for that reason, I like to treat dragons as if they are the descendants of dinosaurs. And with that I present the dragon of Magic Kingdom: Maleficent.

Premiering in 1959's Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent was the primary villain of the movie appearing in human form for most of the movie until the climax at the end where she transmogrifies into the dragon. This particular dragon was part of one of the many parades that had gone by when we were there in January of 2020. 

The parade float is from the Festival of Fantasy parade and the dragon itself was actually mobile and spit fire out of its mouth. 

Maleficent in her dragon form from the original Sleeping Beauty.

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