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    Disney is testing a flying dragon.



    From the article


    Flying a mechanical dragon hundreds of feet in the air above Shafter's Minter Field is no way to keep the thing a secret.

    That was apparently Disney's intention, however, when it swore airport officials to secrecy by having them sign a nondisclosure agreement as part of its rental of a hangar, a golf cart and rights to test the modified ultralight before shipping it off to Florida later this summer.

    Restaurant manager Tammy Zaninovich snapped photos and posted them on Facebook. So much for the surprise.

    "It breathes fire and the mouth opens and closes," she said. "It's pretty cool."

    The independent Disney fan website Neverland Gazette says the dragon is part of a show Disney World is putting together based on the movie "Avatar."
    Last edited by penguinsoda; 06-22-2012, 09:07 PM. Reason: Clarified quote from article, clipped for copyright issues

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    Wow, that's pretty cool. Should be cool to see how they use it.
    The Mickey audience is not made up of people; it has no racial, national, political, religious or social differences or affiliations; the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things, and sing in bathtubs, and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us.
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    • #3
      Re: Disney is Testing A Flying Dragon

      Looks cool, wonder what show that would be.
      http://www.facebook.com/#!/michael.ebba

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      • #4
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        Shouldn't this be in the WDW forum instead. Anyways, that dragon looks cool.



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        • #5
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          Cool! It's almost like witnessing a secret Air Force test in the desert, but this time Disney! Thanks for sharin!
          :meet: Because Bert Said So! :meet:

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          • #6
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            Looks like someone is getting fired.


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            • #7
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              This is pretty neat... what is even cooler about it is that a patent design looking like this was filed a short while back, and I think someone posted it here on the WDW forums. I just remember seeing it and thinking to myself "Yeah right". I guess its not an attraction like I thought, but it sure does look cool.
              Disneyland Wooooh!

              "You see- Everybody's got a laughin' place, trouble is most folks won't take the time to go look for it."

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              • #8
                Re: Disney is Testing A Flying Dragon

                Is it april fools day? Sounds too cool to be true. Flying dragons in a show? What?? Yes please!

                Micenation

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                • #9
                  Re: Disney is Testing A Flying Dragon

                  The beginning of the end. World domination brought to you by a mouse. Be afraid.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Wanda Woman View Post
                    "It breathes fire and the mouth opens and closes," she said. "It's pretty cool."
                    What'll be cool is watching the fun when the Senior VPs at Disney Legal find out that someone in the Company is planning to use a radio-controlled flying flamethrower in a Disney theme park show.
                    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                    designed to appeal to everyone."

                    - Walt Disney

                    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                    - Michael Eisner

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                    • #11
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                      Avatar doesn't have fire spitting dragons that can fly, they have flying animals that look somewhat different. I saw Avatar once, I don't remember if they flying creatures spit fire, but I kinda think they didn't.

                      Anybody know of a theme park land based on a movie where the characters do ride around on fire breathing dragons? Hope the dragon doesn't harry anybody on the ground . . .

                      Seriously, doesn't look like Avatar unless they make some major modifications . . . maybe it has something to do with the Maleficent movie

                      Originally posted by Wanda Woman View Post
                      Disney is testing a flying dragon.



                      From the article


                      Flying a mechanical dragon hundreds of feet in the air above Shafter's Minter Field is no way to keep the thing a secret.

                      That was apparently Disney's intention, however, when it swore airport officials to secrecy by having them sign a nondisclosure agreement as part of its rental of a hangar, a golf cart and rights to test the modified ultralight before shipping it off to Florida later this summer.

                      Restaurant manager Tammy Zaninovich snapped photos and posted them on Facebook. So much for the surprise.

                      "It breathes fire and the mouth opens and closes," she said. "It's pretty cool."

                      The independent Disney fan website Neverland Gazette says the dragon is part of a show Disney World is putting together based on the movie "Avatar."

                      The site links to a March 2010 patent application for a "flying entertainment vehicle" complete with technical drawings and explanations of how the dragon's tail wags and the wings fill up with air without upsetting the aircraft's aerodynamics.

                      Witnesses say the dragon has orange wings that span about 15 feet. They say Disney people come about once a month to test its flight performance and the distances required to take off and land.
                      Last edited by chesirecat; 06-22-2012, 02:15 PM.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                        ... a radio-controlled flying flamethrower...
                        Uh... something just jumped to the top of my Christmas list.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by chesirecat View Post
                          Hope the dragon doesn't harry anybody on the ground . . .
                          What you really want to hope is that you're not on the ground within flight range of this thing when some jerk transmits on the radio controller's frequency.

                          )


                          Originally posted by chesirecat View Post
                          I saw Avatar once, I don't remember if they flying creatures spit fire, but I kinda think they didn't.
                          Correct. Which is one of several reasons why I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out the story is a fake.
                          Last edited by Mr Wiggins; 06-22-2012, 02:19 PM.
                          "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                          it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                          together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                          designed to appeal to everyone."

                          - Walt Disney

                          "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                          - Michael Eisner

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                          • #14
                            Re: Disney is Testing A Flying Dragon

                            Originally posted by chesirecat View Post
                            Avatar doesn't have fire spitting dragons that can fly, they have flying animals that look somewhat different. I saw Avatar once, I don't remember if they flying creatures spit fire, but I kinda think they didn't.

                            Anybody know of a theme park land based on a movie where the characters do ride around on fire breathing dragons? Hope the dragon doesn't harry anybody on the ground . . .
                            Yeah... I think it actually looks a lot more like one of the dragons from "How to Train Your Dragon".

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                            • #15
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                              So very awesome. So a fleet of these, the 12th largest submarine fleet in the world ... hm.

                              Though there's some key design differences between this guy and the avatar dragons. Wonder if that'll be fixed or not? Though if I had my wish, Avatar would be off the table and we'd go back to beastly kingdom. Dreaming.

                              Whatever happens, I would love to see the show this guy stars in. A real, (almost) live dragon!

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                              • #16
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                                I wonder if the dragon was looking for Hogsmeade, somebody should have told him the L.A. version hasn't been built yet, . . .

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                                • #17
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                                  Maybe it's just a badass marketing tool for the new Maleficent movie. Flying overhead at the park spitting fireballs at close range. Every few minutes it drops all black flyers with just the release date on them in blood red text.


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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Disney is Testing A Flying Dragon

                                    Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                                    What'll be cool is watching the fun when the Senior VPs at Disney Legal find out that someone in the Company is planning to use a radio-controlled flying flamethrower in a Disney theme park show.
                                    It's not radio controlled, there is a pilot sitting on top. If you go to the article there are other more clear pictures.
                                    .

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Disney is Testing A Flying Dragon

                                      something new for fantasmic?
                                      I'm working as i'm with my autobots.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Disney is Testing A Flying Dragon

                                        Originally posted by Ron W View Post
                                        It's not radio controlled, there is a pilot sitting on top. If you go to the article there are other more clear pictures.
                                        You sure that's not an AA pilot on that AA dragon?
                                        "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                                        it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                                        together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                                        designed to appeal to everyone."

                                        - Walt Disney

                                        "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                                        - Michael Eisner

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