As seen in Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, Disney has applied for 3 drone- (or unmanned aerial vehicle) related patents for use in their theme parks. The first use is for an ariel display system of choreographed drones to form displays of “flixels” (a newly coined Imagineer word) for floating pixels to simulate fireworks. The second is to fly and position projection screens which are flexible to reflect light above onlookers below. Lastly, drones would be used to pose and manipulate blimp sized Disney character string puppets. Sound like science fiction? Not really when you consider how Disney recently employed RFID chips in their Magic Bands which allow guests to check into FastPass+ entrances, enter parks, unlock your hotel room door and more. Just imagine what they can do in the skies overhead to wow Disney visitors!
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