New Fantasyland, which just opened at Walt Disney World, is wonderful. I'll have updates, reviews, and more next week, but I wanted to let you know that the much-rumored flying dragon did, in fact, make an appearance over the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday evening. You can see some great video of the fire-breathing beast from our friends at Orlando Attractions Magazine. Unfortunately, I missed seeing the dragon in person because I was enjoying the terrific food inside the opulent new Be Our Guest restaurant and lost track of time.
However, I did have an interesting celebrity sighting on Wednesday. While experiencing (the magnificent) new Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction, a woman standing next to me began making a bit of a ruckus as we entered the room with the talking Wardrobe. It turns out that she was Jo Anne Worley, the voice of the character from Beauty and the Beast. She was obviously delighted by the animatronic rendering, and began mugging and interacting with the show elements. It was quite a surreal and enchanting moment.
Worley is best known as one of the cast members of the 1960s TV show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, on which she frequently uttered, in a booming voice, her catchphrase, "boooooring." As Wardrobe in the movie, she often let rip a similar, but wordless, shrill yell, and she graced our Enchanted Tales with Belle audience as well as the huge crowd attending the grand opening ceremony for New Fantasyland on Thursday with the trademark warble. The comedian with the oversized voice and personality is anything but boring.
Photo: That's Jo Anne Worley standing in front of the Wardrobe at Enchanted Tales with Belle. Arthur Levine, 2012. Licensed to About.com