"Before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a sleep like death!"
The Spinning Wheel is an enchanted object which, when touched, the spindle will send its victim (in this case Princess Aurora) into an eternal slumber, which was cast by Maleficent. The victim of the eternal slumber can only be awakened by True Love's Kiss. It is conjured by Maleficent in retaliation against King Stefan for his betrayal in Disney's Maleficent.
The spinning wheel portrays a major role in the film because it is conjured by Maleficent to cause her curse on Aurora to be completed. After Stefan, her childhood friend and lover, betrayed her and stole her precious wings, Maleficent arrived, uninvited, to the baby Aurora's christening and casted a sleeping spell upon her that before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she would prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an eternal slumber. But after forcing Stefan to plea for his daughter's life, Maleficent also included that the curse can be lifted only by True Love's Kiss. Stefan, terrified of Maleficent's vengeance, orders that all spinning wheels be burned and locked away in the deepest dungeon of his castle. Sixteen years later, Maleficent, however, grows to love Aurora and, after being confronted by the princess, tries to save her, but is too late. Aurora pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel in the dungeon of her father's castle and falls into her eternal slumber. Maleficent then captures Prince Phillip, hoping his previous meeting with Aurora in the forest, will be enough to break the spell, but Phillip's romantic kiss has no effect. Maleficent approaches the sleeping princess and apologises to her, telling her that she was so lost in hatred and revenge that she forgot all about love and happiness until she met Aurora. She swears no harm will come to the princess as she sleeps and kisses her forehead, which awakens her. Maleficent's motherly love for Aurora constitutes "True Love".
- In Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent actually transforms herself into a spinning wheel and hypnotises Aurora into touching it.
- The spinning wheel is never mentioned or seen ever again, but it is most likely that the spinning wheels were allowed back into the human kingdom since the curse had been broken.