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La Tanière du Dragon (English: The Lair of the Dragon) is a walk-through attraction located beneath Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, at Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris.[1][2][3]

Summary

The attraction features an audio-animatronic dragon, which at 27 metres (89 ft) from head to tail was the largest Animatronic figure ever built when the park opened in April 1992. The walkthrough consists of a dimly lit cavern with a large dragon sleeping silently, occasionally it will 'wake up' puffing smoke and growling.

Trivia

  • Although often thought to be Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty in her dragon form, the dragon barely resembles her at all and is referred to as a male on official park material. The dragon's official backstory suggests that it was found in an egg by Merlin and kept under his magic shop for safekeeping.
  • The dragon figure was a reproduction of a figure produced for the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour at Tokyo Disneyland. A third partial copy of the figure was planned for the Discovery River Boats attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom, but was cancelled due to budget cuts.
  • When the park first opened, the dragon would breathe fire when it woke up. This feature was shut off because if the animatronics failed and the dragon did not raise its head upon waking up, its 'breath' would be aimed directly toward guests.
  • The dragon's design is a blend of Maleficent's dragon form and the dragon Taro from the Ray Harryhausen film, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
  • The walkthrough was designed almost entirely by Imagineer Terri Hardin. Before and during the design process, some more ideas had been suggested, but were not proceeded with:
    • The dragon was initially going to be a static figure, but Hardin persuaded her supervisor that it could be an Audio-Animatronic that would be in continuous motion.
    • The dragon was going to be fenced in by the skeleton of another dragon with a sword in its chest and, later, a chain with the links looking like helmets and shields, but neither idea was used.
  • The attraction was featured in the discontinued game Virtual Magic Kingdom, with a dragon that looked closer to Maleficent's dragon form that gave players in-game currency daily.

References


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Current Entertainment
Disney IlluminationsDisney Stars on Parade

Seasonal: A Merry StitchmasIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsLa Parade de Noël DisneyMickey et le Big Band de NoëlMickey's Halloween Celebration

Former Attractions and Entertainment
Beauty and the Beast Live on StageCaptain EoCircle-Vision 360°Davy Crockett's Explorer CanoesDapper DansDisney's FantillusionDisney's ImagiNations ParadeDisney's Once Upon a Dream ParadeDisney Dreams!Disney Magic on ParadeDisney Toon CircusFantasy in the SkyHoney, I Shrunk the AudienceMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”Mulan, La LégendeSpace Mountain: Mission 2Tarzan: The EncounterThe Legend of the Lion KingThe TimekeeperThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeWinnie the Pooh and Friends, too!Woody's Roundup Village

Seasonal: Chantons La Reine des NeigesDisney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDisney's Showtime SpectacularDr. Facilier's Carnival-LoweenFollowing the Leader with Peter PanGoofy's Skeletoons Street PartyFrozen Summer Fun!La Forêt de l'Enchantement: Une aventure musicale DisneyLe Voeu de Noël de la Princesse AuroreMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Winter WonderlandMickey and his Magic Halloween Night

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Television: House of MouseOnce Upon a TimeSofia the First
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by SleepDisney INFINITYMaleficent Free FallDisney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition
Books: Little Golden BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingClassic StorybookSleeping Beauty and the PrinceMy Side of the Story: Sleeping Beauty/MaleficentThe Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping BeautyOnce Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's MaleficentBig Golden BookSleepy Time with AuroraMistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark FairyDisney Princess Beginnings
Music: The Legacy Collection: Sleeping BeautyMaleficent

Disney Parks
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Christmas: Royal Christmas Ball

Characters
Sleeping Beauty: Princess AuroraPrince PhillipFlora, Fauna, and MerryweatherMaleficentDiabloKing StefanQueen LeahKing HubertForest AnimalsSamsonMaleficent's GoonsMinstrelRoyal Guards

Enchanted Tales: The Duke
Maleficent: Forest ArmyKing HenryKing Henry's ArmyFairies
Maleficent 2: Queen Ingrith
Deleted Characters: Vulture

Objects
Spinning WheelMaleficent's Staff
Locations
King Stefan's CastleForbidden MountainAurora's CottageForestMoorsEngland
Songs
Hail to the Princess AuroraThe Gifts of Beauty and SongI WonderOnce Upon a DreamSkumpsSleeping Beauty