In a faraway kingdom long ago, there is a King and his Queen who are unable to have a child. Their wish is soon granted after several years with the birth of a daughter. Then a lavish christening is organized, with all of high or low estate paying homage to the infant princess and seven fairies being invited as the child's godmothers. During the banquet, as the fairies seat themselves before a golden casket containing bejeweled utensils, a Wicked Fairy who was not invited to the ceremony arrives and is offered a seat but not a golden casket.
The fairies then begin to bestow their gifts on the child: the Gift of Beauty, the Gift of Wit, the Gift of Grace, the Gift of Dance, the Gift of Song and the Gift of Music. Suddenly, the Wicked Fairy announces to the assemblage that she too has a gift for the infant princess. She announces to the assemblage that her enchantment will punish the King and Queen for their insolence: before sunset on her sixteenth birthday, the princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die.
One last fairy however has yet to present her gift and uses it to weaken the curse: the infant princess will not die but instead fall into a deep sleep for one hundred years until she is awakened by a kiss formed of true love. The King, stil fearful for his daughter's life, declares that all spinning wheels and spindles be banned throughout the kingdom while all those in possession of one be put to death.
The years pass and as the Princess comes of age, everyone in the kingdom is confident that the Wicked Fairy's evil prophecy will not be fullfilled. The King and Queen depart for a house of pleasure one day and leave the Princess to wander around the Castle. She then chances upon an elderly woman sitting in the garret of a tower and spinning with her distaff as she is not unaware of the decree against spinning wheels or spindles. The Princess attempts the unfamilar task only to fulfill the curse by pricking her finger. The old woman calls for help to no avail and the King asks that his daughter be placed on an embroidered bed of gold-and-silver fabric in the finest room of his Castle.
When the good fairy arrives in a chariot of fire drawn by dragons, she tells the King and Queen that she will place a charm on everyone inside the Castle, causing them to fall into a deep sleep until the Princess awakens. The King and Queen bid farewell to ther daughter and proclaim the entrance to be forbidden. The good fairy's magic also summons a forest of trees, brambles and thorns that spring up around the castle, shielding it from the outside world and preventing anyone from disturbing the princess.
A hundred years pass and a prince from another family spies the hidden castle during a hunting expedition. His attendants tell him differing stories regarding the happenings in the castle until an old man recounts his father's words: within the castle lies a beautiful princess who is doomed to sleep for a hundred years, whereupon a king's son is to come and awaken her. The prince then braves the tall tress, brambles and thorns which part at his approach, and enters the castle. He passes the sleeping castle folk and comes across the chamber where the princess lies asleep on the bed. Trembling at the radiant beauty before him, he falls on his knees before her. The enchantment comes to an end and the princess awakens and converses with the prince for a long time. Meanwhile, the rest of the castle awakes and go about their business. The prince and princess head over to the hall of mirrors to dine and are later married by the chaplain in the castle chapel.
- Princess Aurora spends twenty-eight years asleep instead of one hundred
- Prince Phillip travels with the warrior Mulan to find Aurora