avg & avg

toomanyanimatronics  asked:

Hello!! I'm a fan of animatronics too, and I was wondering if you knew much of anything about the huge animatronic dragon that's rusting underneath the bridge that leads into the main entrance for the Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas? There are very few pictures of it online, and only one cruddy video shot by someone who couldn't shoot worth crap, but that animatronic is by far my favorite.

Hi! I haven’t heard of this animatronic dragon show in the Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas. but I looked this up and this is what I could find about it. 

I think this is the video you’re talking about

There’s also this video about it

and it’s mentioned on this person’s blog with a picture of Merlins house

The Moat once featured an animatronics show which featured a fire-breathing dragon and a Merlin. The show was shut down sometime in 2001; since then, the dragon has been removed, while Merlin’s house remains. Recently, the moat was drained; rendering some of the tracks and parts from the original attraction visible, leading to speculation that said original version may return or be replaced by a newer attraction.

The other thing I found about the dragon was that it was made by AVG and they have a good pic of it on their site

AVG designed and constructed one of the largest animatronic dragons in the world. The 70-foot long, three-story tall, smoke snorting, fire breathing dragon began performing at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas in late 1993.

(source)

I couldn’t find any pics of it rusting underneath the bridge in the Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas though. If you have pics of that then I would love to see them. 

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DoD 1 year celebration | 60 Days, 60 Singers

Day 9: Anneke van Giersbergen
Born: March 8th, 1973 (Netherlands)

Bands/Projects: The Gathering (1994 – 2007); Agua de Annique (2007 – 2009); Solo (2007 – present); The Sirens (2014); The Gentle Storm (2014 – 2016); Vuur (2016 – present)

Collaborations: Duo Bad Breath (1992 – 1994); Farmer Boys (1995, 1996); Ayreon (1998, 2000, 2008, 2016); Lawn (2004); Napalm Death (2006); Moonspell (2008); Within Temptation (2008, 2009); Giant Squid (2009); Maiden uniteD (2010); Shane Shu (2010); Anathema (2011); Lorrainville (2011); Globus (2011); November’s Doom (2011); Devin Townsend Project (2009 – 2014); For Many Reasons (2013); Cellarscape (2014); Countermove (2014); Amadeus Awad (2015); Amorphis (2017)

Curiosities:
She began singing at age 7, when she participated in a music contest. At 12 years old she participated in her school choir where she studied and toured through France. Later she began taking singing lessons and joined her first band. After this first experience, Van Giersbergen joined several bands.
Anneke musical roots are in classical and jazz music, but she enjoys rock and pop the most. Her main influences are Prince, Ella Fitzgerald and Thom Yorke (Radiohead).

Personal life: On 20 February 2005, she gave birth to a son named Finn, whom she had with her husband Rob Snijders.