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Disneyland Experimenting Using Drones in Nighttime Spectaculars

Following the success of “Disney D-Light” at Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort in California is now considering using drones in their own nighttime spectaculars, Orange County Register reports.

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During a round table media panel about the nighttime spectaculars of Disneyland Resort, Disney Live Entertainment show director and writer Wendy Ruth said of the Disneyland Paris drone show, “We are looking at it and curious about how to do it. There are definitely experiments to be done with a variety of drones — in size, in what they do, and their programmability.”

Disney previously utilized drones at Walt Disney World Resort for the temporary Starbright Holidays show at Disney Springs in 2016. In 2020, Disney filed a patent to use drones to control show elements.

In regards to using drones for a more permanent Disneyland Resort show, Ruth said, “We’re experimenting. We’re exploring. But it’s really hard to say, ‘Yeah, it’s coming,’ because so much of it is an experiment.”

“Here at Disneyland our guests don’t like to see a lot of change. They want what they know,” Ruth added. “But when we can do something like a ‘World of Color’ and surprise them and say, ‘You didn’t know that you wanted this. You’re still seeing those characters you like. You’re still hearing the music that you love. We’re just presenting it in a brand new way.’”

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Imagineers are always researching new technology to use in Disney Parks. Ruth said they are “interested in finding the right show” for drones and other new tech.

A drone show at Disneyland would need to follow the rules of the Federal Aviation Administration and take nearby neighborhoods and freeways into account.

“It’s exciting to see what people are doing,” Ruth said about California drone shows. “But when they do it, they go out to the desert to do these shows. We just have different parameters.”

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