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.
  • Tony Baxter has described the dragon as a hybrid of Maleficent's dragon form and Taro from the Ray Harryhausen film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. [4]
  • 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 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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Main Street, U.S.A.
Disneyland RailroadLiberty ArcadeDiscovery ArcadeMain Street Vehicles
Frontierland
Legends of the Wild WestBig Thunder Mountain RailroadPhantom ManorRiver Rogue Keel BoatsRustler Roundup Shooting GalleryThunder Mesa Riverboat LandingThe Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands
Adventureland
Le Passage Enchanté d'AladdinAdventure IsleLa Cabane des RobinsonIndiana Jones et le Temple du PérilPirates of the Caribbean
Fantasyland
Le Château de la Belle au Bois DormantLe Carrousel de LancelotBlanche-Neige et les Sept NainsLes Voyages de PinocchioPeter Pan's FlightAlice's Curious LabyrinthDumbo the Flying ElephantIt's a Small WorldMad Hatter Tea PartyLe Pays de Contes de FéesCasey Jr. - Le Petit Train du CirqueSword in the Stone
Discoveryland
AutopiaOrbitronLes Mystères du NautilusBuzz Lightyear Laser BlastStar Tours : L'Aventure ContinueStar Wars Hyperspace MountainMickey et son Orchestre PhilharMagique
Current Entertainment
Disney 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 Stage • The Enchanted Fireworks • The Hunchback of Notre Dame CarnivalCaptain EOCircle-Vision 360°Davy Crockett's Explorer CanoesDapper DansDisney's FantillusionDisney's ImagiNations ParadeThe Lion King FestivalDisney'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 LégendeMulan ParadeHercules HappeningSpace Mountain: Mission 2Tarzan: The EncounterThe TimekeeperThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeWinnie the Pooh and Friends, too!Woody's Roundup VillageStar Wars: Path of the JediDisney Illuminations

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!The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical AdventureLe Voeu de Noël de la Princesse AuroreMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Winter WonderlandMickey and his Magic Halloween NightLa Parade d'AladdinWishes

Resorts
Disneyland HotelDisney's Hotel New York - The Art of MarvelDisney's Sequoia LodgeNewport Bay Club HotelDisney's Hotel CheyenneDisney's Hotel Santa Fe


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Media
Films: Sleeping BeautyDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsMaleficentMaleficent: Mistress of EvilVideo

Television: House of MouseOnce Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time in WonderlandSofia the First
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by SleepDisney InfinityMaleficent Free FallDisney Infinity: 2.0 Edition
Books: My 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 MaleficentMistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark FairyDisney Princess Beginnings
Music: The Legacy Collection: Sleeping BeautyMaleficentMaleficent: Mistress of Evil

Disney Parks
Castle of Magical DreamsCinderella Castle Mystery TourClub VillainDisney Animation BuildingKing Arthur CarrouselLe Château de la Belle au Bois DormantLa Tanière du DragonPrincess PavilionSleeping Beauty CastleSorcerers of the Magic KingdomMidship Detective AgencySleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

Entertainment: "A Whole New World" A Magical Disney SongbookAnimagiqueCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationOnce Upon a MouseOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Soryo KobuThe Golden MickeysThe Starlit Princess WaltzVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: King Stefan's Banquet Hall
Parade: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's FantillusionDisney's Party ExpressDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Magic HappensMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Soundsational ParadeSpectroMagicThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Magic, Music and MayhemMagicalWishesWonderful World of Animation
Spring: Disney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Mickey's WaterWorks
Halloween: Celebrate the MagicDisney's Maleficious Halloween PartyHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularInferno Dance PartyIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsJack Skellington’s Villainous GatheringKooky Spooky Halloween NightRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Villains WorldVillains GroveVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!World of Color: Villainous!
Christmas: Royal Christmas BallRoyal Christmas Wishes

Characters
Sleeping Beauty: AuroraPrince PhillipFlora, Fauna, and MerryweatherMaleficentDiabloKing StefanQueen LeahKing HubertForest AnimalsSamsonGoonsMinstrel
Enchanted Tales: The Duke

Maleficent: Forest ArmyKing HenryKing Henry's ArmyFairies
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: Queen IngrithConallBorraGerdaDark FeyLickspittle
Deleted Characters: Vulture

Objects
Spinning WheelMaleficent's Staff
Locations
King Stefan's CastleForbidden MountainAurora's CottageForestMoorsUlsteadCavernous Nest
Songs
Sleeping Beauty: Hail to the Princess AuroraThe Gifts of Beauty and SongI WonderOnce Upon a DreamSkumpsSleeping Beauty
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: You Can't Stop The Girl
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