Published: December 5, 2012 at 8:48 PMIt's rather spectacular. Far more realistic than I think most people would expect.
Published: December 5, 2012 at 9:15 PMSo, call me a Disney fan boy if you want, but this is rather impressive for, well, any theme park, or well, any grand opening, or well, any type of dragon animatronic, or well, dragon flying....well it's awesome.
On another note, I will be upset, if as the video suggest,that it was a one time thing....which makes little sense. I'm attending the grand opening ceremonies in the morning and working tomorrow evening at Mermaid, so fingers crossed I'll see it sometime.
Published: December 5, 2012 at 10:01 PMYou all know I'm not a Disney fanboy, but the effect was impressive.
Published: December 5, 2012 at 10:04 PMI can't believe that Disney would work something to this level, and then just shelve it. (Though, hey, has anyone seen Lucky the Dinosaur recently?)
I can believe that Disney would underpromise - go with the "one night only" - and then drop in more nights if the system becomes reliable. The last time Disney heavily hyped a new dragon (Disneyland's Fantasmic!), uh, things didn't work out so well for a while.
Published: December 5, 2012 at 10:25 PMThat was pretty cool, I must say, but I'd like to see a guest video without the music drowning out the noise of the prop engine and the winged beast framed just so, as to not allow us to see the parachute. Will this only be a night time thing as to help conceal the chute? Either way, as far as that video is concerned, I was impressed with the articulation, as well as the fire breathing. Definite "E" for effort!
Published: December 5, 2012 at 10:32 PMA fan video in this post:
Published: December 6, 2012 at 12:37 AMI am fairly sure the Disney resort insurance underwriter frowns on a propeller driver craft flying above crowds with incendiary devices inside.... I would imagine it cost a lot of money just to insure the one fly over.
Published: December 6, 2012 at 2:52 AMOnly Disney can have a "grand opening" for a land that is yet to be completed!
Published: December 6, 2012 at 3:45 AMWho is Disney's insurance underwriter for liability? I've always heard that they self-insure.
Interesting that you can't see any running lights on the ultra-light.
Published: December 6, 2012 at 4:21 AMAWESOME! Wow, this really needs to be kept - at least till I can fly back over the pond to see it myself!
Published: December 6, 2012 at 6:41 AMThat was awesome! Even this Disney skeptic was impressed.
Hopefully Disney can keep it running until my next trip there.
Published: December 6, 2012 at 8:48 AMLooks totally amazing to me, very impressed with what i saw. Id much rather see that than that somewhat boring montage of peoples days at the Magic Kingdom (which you can barely see properly anyway). Disney is about mystery and fantasy and the wow factor - i genuinely think this dragon added that - at 37 yrs old i thought that was cool
Published: December 6, 2012 at 9:16 AMThis was amazing!
Published: December 6, 2012 at 10:50 AMYawn....
I hope it's a lot more exciting in person for those who enjoy that kind of thing (admittedly, many.) I couldn't care less.