Walt Disney World Files Permits for Drone Show

Shannen Ace

"Disney Dreams That Soar" Disney Springs drone show logo

Walt Disney World Files Permits for Drone Show

Walt Disney World has filed two permits likely for the upcoming Disney Springs drone show, “Disney Dreams That Soar,” which will debut in May.

“Dreams That Soar” Drone Show Permits

"Disney Dreams That Soar" Disney Springs drone show logo

Both permits are for Disney Springs addresses around Lake Buena Vista and contract Lakeland-based Jim Williams Fence Company. The first permit is for installing an 870′ 6′ high Beta fence and five gates. The second permit is for installing a 250′ 8′ high chainlink fence with scrim.

These seem to be paddocks for the storage and launch of the drones that will be used in “Disney Dreams That Soar.” The new show will be performed above Lake Buena Vista on the West Side of Disney Springs from May 24 through September 2, 2024.

“You can fly” takes on a whole new meaning as we showcase Disney stories celebrating the joy of flight with state-of-the-art drones choreographed to create designs in the sky and paired with a “soaring” musical score (see what I did there?) and memorable movie quotes.

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Last year, Disney Live Entertainment Parades and Spectaculars Executive Steve Davison stated “drones are the next thing,” teasing more drone shows coming to Disney Parks.

Disney’s first major foray into drone use was the limited-time “Starbright Holidays” drone show at Disney Springs in 2016. Watch our video below.

Disneyland Paris dove head-first into drone use with shows like Disney D-Light and “Avengers: Power the Night.”Tokyo Disney Resort 40th anniversary drone show was performed at various Japanese festivals but not in the park.

Rumors circulating in 2022 indicated Disneyland Resort was considering using drones in their nighttime spectaculars but this has yet to come to fruition.

Disney filed a patent in August of 2020 that focused on a drone’s ability to carry or impact other show elements. The patent described “a new aerial show system . . . adapted for utilizing energy of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to activate and/or animate creative show effect devices or show elements to produce dynamic show effects as the UAV flies through a show’s airspace.”

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