A dragon that soared above Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland on Wednesday night isn't scheduled to make a return trip, Walt Disney Imagineering officials said Thursday.
The red beast, which appeared to be of a fire-breathing species, flapped high above Beast's Castle during a Fantasyland grand-opening party attended by government officials, cast members, media members and other dignitaries and Disney World guests.
It approached from the Adventureland side of the park, then circled over the new section of Fantasyland. He could roar and move his head back and forth.
Disney officials would not comment about just how this creature worked.
"What do you mean? It's a dragon. What are you talking about?" joked Chris Beatty, creative director for the Fantasyland expansion project.
"All I'll say is Imagineers are always trying new things and new technologies to bring stories to life. And the dragon was just sort of a little sneak peek into some of our technology and new things we're trying," Beatty said.
The dragon's appearance was only for one night "at this point," an Imagineering spokesman said Thursday.
"So, deep in the future, you may see more things like that," Beatty said.
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