Disney Files Patents To Use Drones In Park Shows

TechCrunch

If Disney isn’t already the most magical place on earth, it soon will be. The mega-amusement park has filed three patents to use drones within the park, first spotted by MarketWatch.

Within the patents, Disney lists a few different use cases for the drones. The first is that they could carry marionette-version Disney characters, with patent drawings showing something similar to inflatable floats in a parade, but suspended by drones instead of helium.

The second use case is as a replacement for fireworks, wherein the drones would become lit-up substitutes for a regular fireworks show. Disney is calling them “flixels”, a play on fireworks and pixels.

In the third patent, Disney describes carrying around large aerial projection screens. According to the patent, many UAVs would fly together as a fleet carrying projection screens, again for the purpose of a show.

Disney explains within the patents that drones could…

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