Disney flying dragon

Disney has finally unveiled its long-rumored flying, fire-breathing dragon, sending it soaring over the expanded New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

The dragon, which is actually a micro-light aircraft, took to the skies above the park during the media preview event for the updated land. Disney described the stunt as a "special, one-night appearance" for the dragon, but it is expected that it will eventually become a regular fixture at the Magic Kingdom.

As can be seen in the videos below from the Disney Parks Blog, LaughingPlace.com and Orlando Attractions Magazine, the aircraft does an impressive job of simulating a "real" dragon:

Disney has been teasing the new dragon effect via a special Tumblr blog at disneydragons.tumblr.com. The aircraft had previously been spotted undergoing testing, and was originally suspected to be in development for the planned Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The new Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid dark ride and Belle's Village area will officially open in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland on December 6, 2012. Previews of the new attractions have been taking place since November 19.

Although Disney is billing the December 6 date as the grand opening of the expanded "New Fantasyland", it won't be fully completed until the debut of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster in 2014.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.


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