“No,” I said despite wishes to the contrary, and I kissed him goodnight. He smiled despite his disappointment.
That was a few weeks ago, when the world made sense (except for all the crazy stuff that doesn’t), and I felt confident in giving such absolute answers. I knew nothing to suggest otherwise. I was a fool.
Flash forward to tonight. I was standing in the New Fantasyland of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, celebrating its opening and partaking in all things magical when I heard a noise in the air above me. I looked up and I saw it, flapping its wings and breathing balls of bright fire—it was a dragon and I owed my son an apology.
You probably don’t believe me, and I understand. I wouldn’t have either if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, but see it I did.
I called my sons immediately and told them the news.
“I saw a dragon,” I said. “It flew right over my head.”
“Really?” asked one son, his shrinking world of innocence suddenly much wider. He was the one that had wanted to know, and he had wanted to know this: Here there be dragons.
“Really,” I said. “It was huge, breathing fire, and flying all around the castle. It seriously flew right over me.”
“Wow,” said the younger son who had been listening with what I had assumed was silent awe. “It’s a good thing it didn’t poop on you.”
“Yes,” I said. “Yes, it is.”
Here is the dragon flying around the New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Believe it for yourself.
The dragon appeared as part of the opening celebration for the New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World which I attended as Disney’s guest. My thoughts on the dragon are my own.
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