With the advent of Drone technology, a large number of patent applications being filed. Recent patent being filed by Amazon for drone delivery of their products, Disney is another in series to come up with number of applications for the drones in the Disneyland. Disney plans to use drones extensively in Disneyland. Disney has developed crazy drone technology that includes creating flying displays using drone pixels, fly projections screens and projectors using drones, even use drones as puppeteers for flying puppet shows. They also have a unique airbag for drones to keep the audience safe from crashing drones.
To most of us, Disney seems to be just an entertainment company. Which is true to some extent, but at the core, Disney has always been one of the most innovative technology company. This innovation culture was started by Walt Disney himself. He invented and patented the first multi-plane camera that allowed him to produce feature length movies.

FLYING DRONE DISPLAYS (US8862285, US9169030)

For one group of inventors at Disney, they didn’t have to look far for creative inspiration. Disney being the epitome of fantasy, all they had to do was pull out a leaf of the Disney movie –“The Princess and the Frog”. Disney has patented technology that puts up a similar air dance in reality. The invention creates amazing displays in the real world by using hundreds of drones carrying lights that mimic the fireflies. The patented technology takes in a description of the visual display as an input and converts it into flight paths for all the individual drones. These flight plans are then relayed from a ground station to the drones. The drones then perform in-flight calculations based on wind conditions and update the flight plans. The drones receive these flight plans and obediently follow them moving in complex trajectories. In effect, the drones act as light pixels that can be moved around in controlled paths to create a grand visual display for people watching from the ground.

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Disney Imagineers have more tricks up their sleeves. Projection setup has largely remained same for over 100 years now. A static projector projects images on a static projection screen for the view of an audience. Disney plans to use drones extensively in Disneyland. Disney has developed crazy drone technology that includes creating flying displays using drone pixels, fly projections screens and projectors using drones, even use drones as puppeteers for flying puppet shows. They also have a unique airbag for drones to keep the audience safe from crashing drones.
To most of us, Disney seems to be just an entertainment company. Which is true to some extent, but at the core, Disney has always been one of the most innovative technology company. This innovation culture was started by Walt Disney himself. He invented and patented the first multi-plane camera that allowed him to produce feature length movies.

DRONES AS PUPPETEERS (US8876571)

A marionette is kind of a puppet controlled from above-using wires or strings. Marionettes are operated with the puppeteer by using a control bar. Disney plans to replace the puppeteer by drones, according to the next patent from Disney’s arsenal. Drones will be tethered to marionettes via control lines. A ground station will control movements of the drones, which will control the movements of marionettes. Again, drones add an extra dimension to the art of puppetry. The marionettes can fly above an audience and also execute more complex movements. In a way, Disney is upgrading various art forms using technology.

DRONE AIRBAGS (US20160332739)

Disney is using drones in a unique way. They are creating art using drones. Also, they are upgrading some old art forms like puppetry. However, drones can be quite dangerous, especially when used in areas with a lot of humans including kids. Disney could not have used drones in Disneyland before making drones foolproof. Disney has drawn inspiration from NASA’s airbag technology to softly land space crafts on distant planets.
So they have invented an airbag, that encapsulates the drone if the drone malfunctions. The airbag inflates to cover the hard, sharp, and spinning parts of the drone. As a result, any impact of the drone is with the airbag rather than a hard or spinning drone component. The airbag also protects the drone from further damage. So do go to Disneyland when they start using drones in their shows. They are going to be awesome and totally safe for the audience.