Dragon Spotted Over Disney World

Stacy Conradt

Someone find the Khaleesi: A dragon has been spotted in the Orlando area. Last week, a flying, fire-breathing dragon circled Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, apparently attracted by media night for the opening of the New Fantasyland.

Spoiler Alert: That Disney magic is actually an old dog that’s been taught a new trick or two. This picture, taken by an amazed restaurant manager who accidentally witnessed a test flight, reveals that the ancient creature is actually an Ultralight aircraft. Back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Ultralights were featured in two different daily shows at EPCOT, “Skylaidoscope” and “Surprise in the Skies.”

So was the dragon’s appearance a one-time only event intended to create buzz around the New Fantasyland, or will he be fighting Tinkerbell for airspace on a regular basis? Disney spokesman Rick Sylvain remains slightly coy on the topic: “You never know where or when a dragon might appear again!” My guess? That's a pretty big investment for a single-occasion, 30-second show. We'll be seeing him again.