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Shut up and take my money!

In case you haven't seen...

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If the article is to be believed, this is is an honest to god flying, fire breathing, puppeted dragon, reportedly created by Disney Imagineers. There's no mention of riding it, but it looks like someone might be seated on top... Regardless, this is so freaking cool it hurts.

Here's the article: http://www.stitchkingdom.com/disney-secret-flying-dragon-avatarland-21272/

If this is for real, I want to see this thing in action. I want to ride it.

Gah! It makes me so happy!

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thewoylven
Jun. 26th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
-is still dead from amazement-

This definitely means I have to save my money and make it to Disney again sometime soon!
zzyllo
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Man, I hear ya. I really hope it goes to my park... they never did give Lucky back, so I want the dragon to go to DAK!
thewoylven
Jun. 27th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
Just imagine the kerfuffle they could stir if they would just fly it back and forth from Florida to California!!!!

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS IN MY AIRSPACE!
wolfsjal
Jun. 26th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
omg. I love the idea. :3
Lookit his cute little wheel knees and breastbone. XD

I'm trying to figure out what's going on there though; looks like a parachute on top, and two large fans like the kind they have on those swamp boat things. lol, my technical terms are awesome btw.
I don't think it looks like someone is riding it in this shot, but damn if I wouldn't want to try. XD

Neat find! : D
zzyllo
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
I know, right?

It looks like a motorized paraglider with a dragon form put over the frame, but I'm not sure. The dark structure behind the wings looks kind of like the seat I've seen on those, but, once again, I'm not sure.

My Disney Homies keep me in the loop XD
westly_roanoke
Jun. 26th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
It looks like the dragon part is secondary in function (If it does anything at all!) to the paragliding sail on top. I've seen the carts they use for powered paragliding (It's a hobby 'round these parts) and dressing one up wouldn't be that difficult. Adding a flamethrower (Not a TRUE flame thrower, that'd be dangerous!) wouldn't be hard either.

Basically, you sit in the cart with the fan behind you, and off you go! Costume the cart, reinforce it so the wind doesn't take it apart and you're all good to go! (IN fact, you can see the wheels!)

You or I could do it! :D
zzyllo
Jun. 26th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
*Laughs* Yes, the dragon is secondary, I imagine. I've seen a few paramotorers myself, back when I lived in Florida. The visable wheels and sail were kind of the tip-off, along with the propellor ;P But, as I said; not sure; I'm not an aviaton buff, so, I take my own thoughts with a grain of salt. As for flame throwers, regardless of what sort, (As I'm not sure what defines a flamethrower from a large torch, and I'm too lazy to research it out right now) I can't vouch for how easy it would be to install one safely, but, apparently they did it anyway XD

As for whether you or I can do it, maybe you have the means, but I sure don't know how to work fiberglass (yet, I suppose) nor do I have the funds to outfit something like this. So, for being the first folks to pull it off, they still get massive 'props.' (That pun probably sounds better in my head than in text.)
westly_roanoke
Jun. 26th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, props. ^_^

Working with fiberglass isn't all that difficult, nor expensive. But working in other plastics (Vacumolds for example) are even cheaper. There's a couple of cosplay groups around who do that (I also think the storm troopers do something like that too!)

I couldn't afford a paramotor like that myself (Well, at the moment!) but the actual business of putting it together? Sure! Planning it? Sure! If someone had come to me and said "Here's money, make me a small lightweight flying dragon." I think you or I would have eventually come to a similar conclusion!
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