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    Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    This morning the new mechanism that is the Dragon in the climax of Fantasmic was airlifted from backstage to the Rivers of America to be installed and readied for performances.

    The good news is that I woke up before sunrise to get these shots for you. The bad news is that, frankly, it's not much to look at.

    The sun was just showing signs of cresting the horizon as the backstage area was buzzing with activity. Kinda neat.






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    Just after 7am a Helicopter flew in from the north, crossed over the golden state fwy behind TDA and landed near the coral.






    Suddenly it was up again, flying over the berm, across the Rivers of America and to the front of Tom Sawyer's Island.




    Close-up of the mechanism



    It then touched back down briefly to drop off the cable and then disappeared.

    Interesting stuff. The whole operation didn't take more than about 3 minutes.


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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Uhhhhhh........



    Thanks for the pics of the empty cage like thing?

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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Hmmm. Verry Interrrrrestink! (Imagine an Arte Johnson Smiley with a Pickelhaub helmet and a potted palm...)

    But there are too many straight lines and 45-degree bracing, not enough head bits and arm & wing bits. That looks like the welded cage for the stage lift mechanism they will use to raise the new Dragon into position, rather than the dragon itself...

    Just a guess, but after they get that section installed in the pit and tested for clerarances, expect another helicopter pick in a few days with the dragon itself.

    Then again, it could be the lift frame and "torso" combined - the visibly "Dragon-y" pieces should be small and light enough to take over on a raft, and do the final assembly in place. All the articulation is bearings and joints and hydraulics, which provides convenient places to take it apart into sub-assemblies.

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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Fishy, thank you SOOOOO much for waking up before dawn to get these pictures for us. I'm sure that EVERYONE on MiceChat appreciates your sacrifice to keep us all up to date on the Disney news!

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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Thanks! I can't wait to see what the whole thing will look like!
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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Glad to see some visible progress on this part I can't wait to see the new dragon.

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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    This is airlift 2 of 3.

    There will be one more soon.

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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Cool, major props for waking up at the break of dawn to take those pics.
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    trouble is most folks won't take the time to go look for it.

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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Hey, I enjoyed the report and the pics. Thank you!
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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Thanks for the pix.
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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    I love behind the scenes stuff like this. So cool! Thanks!!

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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Thanks for the pics Fishbulb! Your dedication is appreciated!!!!!!!

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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Fishy, thank you SOOOOO much for waking up before dawn to get these pictures for us. I'm sure that EVERYONE on MiceChat appreciates your sacrifice to keep us all up to date on the Disney news!

    Well Done!!!
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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Thanks for such great shots, Fishy! (Before dawn?? YEEGADS!)

    This one is really pretty.
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    Re: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

    Thanks for getting up so early. I too like the behind the scenes pictures and will look forward to seeing the full dragon in the future.
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