Did You Know a Dragon Once Flew Over Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom?

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New Fantasyland is actually the most recent expansion of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, which officially opened to Guests on December 6, 2012. The New Fantasyland expansion adds on to the Park’s original Fantasyland area and is home to Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel’s Grotto, Gaston’s Tavern, Bonjour! Village Gifts, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Well, did you know that to celebrate the opening of this brand-new expansion of Magic Kingdom, Disney actually released a dragon to fly over the heads of Disney World Guests?

The new home for visiting royalty in the Magic Kingdom, Princess Fairytale Hall features walls of stone and stained glass windows, a spacious gallery adorned with portraits of Disney princesses and elegantly finished rooms where guests can meet Cinderella, Rapunzel and other princesses. Part of the largest Magic Kingdom expansion in history, Princess Fairytale Hall is located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ali Nasser, photographer)
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To celebrate the opening of New Fantasyland in 2012, an animatronic dragon actually flew over the heads of Magic Kingdom Guests for one night and one night only! You can see the dragon take flight in New Fantasyland in our YouTube video below:

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How cool is that? An actual dragon flying over the heads of Disney World Guests is truly a surprise and something you do not see everyday.

In case you aren’t familiar, New Fantasyland also includes the Storybook Circus section, which is home to Barnstormer – Starring the Great Goofini, the Casey Jr. Splash & Soak Station, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

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Did you know that Disney flew a dragon over Guests at Magic Kingdom to celebrate the opening of New Fantasyland? Were you there on this day to witness it in person? Let us know in the comments below.

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