On Friday, a preview of the upcoming film Maleficent began to be shown at both the Disneyland Resort and at Walt Disney World Resort. In California, the preview takes place inside the “it’s tough to be a bug” theater inside Disney California Adventure. At Walt Disney World, the special preview takes place inside the ABC Sound Studio in Disney Hollywood Studios.
To commemorate the opening of these experiences on both coasts, Disney Parks also premiered a new clip from Maleficent. Below we have pictures from both the California and Florida versions of the preview.
“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.
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