Disney finally rolled out the new dragon and had it fly around the castle for the grand opening of New Fantasyland.
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Well, it looks like Disney World has taken its own cue and released the beast tonight!
This video was posted on the Disney Parks Blog earlier today:
While this dragon has yet to be given a name, it certianly appears to be the sign of things to come, as my esteemed co-author Kyle speculated about as well. It's clearly not Elliot of Pete's Dragon fame, nor is it Figment of Journey into your imagination or the classic Reluctant Dragon.
Disneyland fans might think this is the 'next generation' of some of the Disneyland fireworks special effects. For example, Disneyland routinely sees Tinker Bell, Dumbo, or Zero fly over the Sleeping Beauty's Castle during the fireworks. Here are just a few short video clips readily available on youtube, for those who have missed these sensational extras.
But I suspect that this might just have other roots all together.
This flying dragon takes after Pinnochio. He's "got no strings", unlike Disneyland's Zero, Tinkerbell, and Dumbo, who are all firmly attached to wires that help give them the lift they need to pull off their pixie dusted flights.
(See the 3:37 mark for Zero's entrance)
That's right - this dragon actually flies complete unassisted by earthbound suspension systems.
To those living near the airstrip in Bakersfield, California, this creature may be old news. The Bakersfeild Californian first reported on the dragon in June of 2010. The patent for this dragon was filed in March of 2010, so this free-flyer has been in testing for over 2 years.
That begs the question though - what is the final use/destination of this beastie?
Here's a fun thought to let your mind run away with...
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But then again, with a $500 Million budget, is anything really impossible?
This is pure spectulation, granted, but....
isn't it fun to dream a little?
Disney has been releasing a lot of videos of a Computer Animated Dragon Flying around several places including the Magic Kingdom.
There's a shot at the end of this video that might actually be the real Dragon apparatus that Disney is trying to promote. It's a crummy shot but it doesn't look computer animated or to good to be real.
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Netflix has inconsistently had Disney movies available but the selection was either not popular or very limited. I remember that they had Toy Story 3 for a while at one point but virtually nothing else. I think that this is a pretty exciting deal.
Disney formally had several movies that you could stream online after purchasing them on their own website. They've recently announced the end of their own website and I think that we can see why.
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