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Tracking the Disney Dragon to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 4th, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor

In my quest to find the Disney Dragon, I was tipped off last week by a friendly anonymous(e) source to go to an “Enchanted Forest” and wait for magic to happen. I didn’t know why and didn’t know when. But I knew I had to head to New Fantasyland. From the blurry photos and cryptic videos that have been posted on my Dragon Tumblr blog, I knew the dragon was a bit on the shy side. He doesn’t seem to enjoy being spotted. So if the dragon visited the Enchanted Forest, it would probably happen under the cover of night. Dressed in my best dragon sleepwear, I decided to make a late-night visit, and wait.

What I saw — or didn’t see, actually — is pretty amazing. While I didn’t see our flying friend in person, thankfully a cast member and my camera guy were quicker and caught a glimpse. Take a look.

Maybe my day for seeing him in person is coming. Or maybe not. Some people I’ve talked to think that after so many years of being on his own, the dragon won’t actually stake a claim to call anyplace “home.”

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Carrie on December 4th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

The suspense is killing me! I am so excited! Also, is that an Orlando Magic mascot doll – Stuff?!


Gary Buchanan on December 5th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Good eye, Carrie! I’m a big fan of our hometown NBA team.


Kenny on December 4th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I like Gary. He’s like Disney’s own version of Huell Howser.


Gary Buchanan on December 5th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thank you Kenny, that is so very nice of you to say. I’m humbled to be mentioned anywhere near Huell Howser’s name.


Katie from CA on December 4th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Looks like the camera guy was able to catch your elusive dragon! Hopefully you’ll catch it on your next stake out.

BTW, I LOVE the Dragon Kigurumi! :)


Gary Buchanan on December 5th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Katie, thanks for watching. And I agree – luckily, my camera guy had sharper eyes (and better reflexes) than I did at 3 or 4 in the morning and was able to capture a quick shot. I’ve paused it at 1:03 mark to study it.


TROY from IN on December 4th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I just don’t get what a dragon has to do with the New Fantasyland. I don’t recall dragons in Beauty, Mermaid or Dumbo. Confused – but anxious to learn more!


Gary Buchanan on December 5th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I think that’s why I’ve been so intrigued as well. I am wondering about his visit, and his next move.


Jeremy on December 4th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I really hope to see this…will definitely be at the Magic Kingdom on Thursday!


Sean on December 4th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Man you missed it again! Go back and play this video in slow motions but I understand the fustration. Its good to get it on tape but its an whole other thing to see it in real life!


ryan from FL on December 5th, 2012 at 3:21 am

Wait, the dragon wasn’t for Animal Kingdom?


Danielle on December 5th, 2012 at 8:30 am

Wow, I saw it, I saw it!! Perhaps I should bring my binoculars when I am in New Fantasyland next week!


David on December 5th, 2012 at 9:10 am

Great sleepwear!
I’m definitely more curious about the dragon than I’ve been about any other Disney discovery. Thanks for the updates. They’re my favorite posts by far.


Gary Buchanan on December 5th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thank you David, I appreciate you keeping up with my little journey to see this elusive creature. And anytime I can wear pajamas in the park, it’s a good night.


Robert on December 6th, 2012 at 1:03 am

LOVE the idea of a Dragon in the New Fantasyland. Hope he enjoys the new Fantasyland woods and sticks around a while!!