Disney gets FAA approval to fly drones over theme parks

Posted Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The FAA has given Disney theme parks in California and Florida permission to fly drones above their venues for nightly fireworks shows. In its October application, Disney said it planned to use a fleet of 50 drones that would fly from a pyrotechnic area to the castle, lighting up and carrying objects.

Read more from The Orange County Register and Orlando Sentinel.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:25 PM

Does this exemption keep the "100 feet away from guest areas" restriction in place? Not sure how that would work if the aircraft are flying from a fireworks area to the castle. At Magic Kingdom that would have them passing right over (most likely) Fantasyland.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 9:11 AM

Looks like the first deployment will be at Disney Springs, and soon:


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 10:39 AM
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Wow, holy crap. That's far cooler than I would have imagined.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:22 PM

How is that going to be choreographed? How many drone pilots will need to be brought in for that?

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:44 PM
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Presumably 1 with a computer. Humans can't do all of that.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:20 PM

Funny. My son was just asking me if there is such a thing as the nano-drones from Star Trek Beyond. Here it is, courtesy Walt Disney World.


But then again, what do I know?

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:52 PM
LostKause's avatar

Computer controlled light-up drones, dancing in the night sky? What a great idea!


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:54 PM
99er's avatar

Last night while driving down 192 I could see about 100 or so "UFO" type objects flying over Wide World of Sports. Very cool to see that many all hovering around.


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Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:33 AM
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I wonder how many calls 911 will receive for UFO sightings.


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Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:13 PM

Fine, as long as they don't fly over my airspace or take pictures of Mean Streak, or film Noggin taking a shower. Oops, sorry - I thought this was PointBuzz.

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