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Where Disneyland could add a nighttime drone show – Orange County Register

It’s really a question of when and where Disneyland will add a drone show rather than whether the Anaheim theme park will or “more” develop a nighttime show now that Disneyland Paris has announced plans to use aerial technology to first time in a disney park.

The new ‘Disney D-Light’ drone pre-show that will serve as a prequel to the ‘Disney Illuminations’ pyrotechnic show at Disneyland Paris marks the first time a Disney theme park has used autonomous aerial technology as part of a show daily outdoors.

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Disneyland Paris developed “Disney D-Light” with Dronisos, a France-based drone entertainment company that opened offices in Orlando, Florida in late 2019 just before the pandemic hit.

Where could Disneyland and Disney California Adventure add a nighttime drone show? The nightly fireworks shows, “Fantasmic”, “World of Color” or even the Main Street Electrical Parade.

But more on that in a moment. Let’s answer a few other key questions about drone shows at Disneyland first.

“Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” premiered at Universal Studios Hollywood in the spring of 2019. (Photo by David Sprague, Universal Studios Hollywood)

Why would Disneyland add drones to a nighttime show in the park? In order to keep up with the competition.

Universal Studios Hollywood already has a drone show. SeaWorld San Diego has one in the works. And other theme parks around the world have already jumped on the drone bandwagon.

Disney is an entertainment giant and a leader in the theme park industry. And right now, Disney is way behind its competitors when it comes to the use of drones in entertainment.

The “Disney D-Light” drone show is Mickey Mouse’s first attempt at course correction. All eyes in Anaheim will be on Disneyland Paris when “Disney D-Light” takes flight. Disneyland blushed as rivals up and down the 5 Freeway beat the Happiest Place on Earth with their own drone shows.

Universal Studios Hollywood used aerial drones in the nighttime spectacular “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” which debuted in spring 2019 – Universal’s first use of drones at a theme park.

SeaWorld has scheduled a trial run of its 5-minute aerial drone light show in February 2020 — just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down California theme parks for more than a year.

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The rest of the entertainment industry is also taking off with drones.

Dollywood launched the “Sweet Summer Nights” 3D drone and fireworks show at the Tennessee theme park last summer. Idaho’s Silverwood theme park announced plans for a “Light Up the Night” show with 300 drones for summer 2020 that was put on hold by the pandemic. The Bear Paw Beach floating water park in Wisconsin hosted the “Northern Lights” drone show on summer weekends.

Could more Dronisos drone shows be in the works for Disney theme parks? We may soon find out.

According to Dronisos, several theme parks around the world are set to reveal 2022 drone shows that have been delayed by the pandemic.

Dronisos has created over 40,000 drone shows for major global events like the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and has partnered with Puy du Fou and Futuroscope theme parks in France for their own drone shows.

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Disney has participated in drone shows before.

The Disney Springs outdoor mall – Disney World’s version of Downtown Disney – hosted the “Starbright Holidays” drone show in 2016 which used 300 Intel drones.

X-Wing fighter drones flew over Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during the Rise of the Resistance ribbon-cutting ceremony at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in December 2019.

Disney has filed patents for cutting-edge drone concepts, including drone-controlled puppets and 3D drone displays that mimic fireworks shows.

Disney applied for an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2016 to use a fleet of drones at Disneyland that would light up and transport objects during fireworks displays above Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

“D-Light” is Disney’s first attempt at a daily theme park drone show.

“Disney D-Light” will deploy 200 synchronized drones to form a sparkling “30” above Sleeping Beauty Castle during the 30th anniversary celebration beginning March 6 at Disneyland Paris. The drone show will play in sync with the new theme song “Un monde qui s’illumine” – or “Un monde qui s’illumine”.

Disneyland Paris and Dronisos have held secret drone show rehearsals over the past few months at the bucolic wine estates of Bordeaux, France.

“When you have all of these effects, it’s like having a roof of light,” Disneyland Paris show producer Ben Spalding said in a video from Disney Parks.

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Where and when might Disneyland or Disney California Adventure add a drone show?

The most logical place to add drones would be a Disneyland fireworks show, just like Disneyland Paris does.

The “Mickey’s Mix Magic” nighttime show performs with fireworks on weekends and as a projection-only show without fireworks on weekdays. Disneylanders aren’t happy with the fireworks-free finale as the park’s famous “kiss goodnight.”

Adding drones could “higher” – Walt Disney’s phrase for upgrading or improving an existing attraction – fireworks-less “Mickey’s Mix Magic” turns into something more worthy of the “spectacular” label. “.

“Mickey’s Mix Magic” returns to the shelves in a few months – but sprucing up the projection show with drones remains an option should Disneyland ever bring the nighttime spectacular back from retirement.

The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks display – launched as part of the park’s 60th anniversary – will return in the spring of 2022. Disneyland is highly unlikely to add drones to a show that is expected to hit the skies above the castle of the Sleeping Beauty in a few months. . Disneyland has mostly used the phased reopening of the park to bring back old favorites in stages without making many changes.

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So when could Disneyland add drones to a fireworks display?

The 100th anniversary of the Disney Company arrives in 2023. Disney never misses an opportunity to celebrate and likes to go big on milestone anniversaries. Expect Disneyland to roll out an entertainment program for the centennial festivities and a new fireworks show could be a possibility.

Why do drones make sense for Disneyland?

Dronisos markets its drones as a cost-effective alternative to fireworks, which can easily reach five figures per show.

Outdoor shows with up to 1,000 drones cost between $100,000 and $300,000 to develop, according to Dronisos. That’s loose change for Disneyland – which can spend six figures for a week’s worth of fireworks.

Local crime boss and canteen owner Oga Garra could fund a drone show at Disneyland with the revenue she collects within days from her miserable hive of scum and villainy in Black Spire Outpost.

If the cost of drones comes down to Disneyland, you can possibly expect to see them instead of fireworks or as an emphasis on pyrotechnic displays.

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The next obvious place to add drones would be the nighttime shows — “Fantasmic” at Disneyland and “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure.

The spectacular “Fantasmic” and “World of Color” are also set to return in the spring of 2022 – but don’t expect any drones in the shows when they finally return after a two-year absence. Disneyland’s goal during the phased reopening has been to get everything back up and running after the year-long pandemic shutdown. The new bells and whistles haven’t been a big part of the recipe so far.

Either nighttime show could use drones – but “World of Color” is the more likely choice, largely because DCA doesn’t have high-flying nighttime fireworks. Aerial drones could add some elevation to the already spectacular “World of Color”.

Disney California Adventure experienced fireworks when the park debuted in 2001, which turned out to be a disaster. “Luminaria” used low-level fireworks that flooded audiences at the edge of Paradise Bay with sour smoke whenever the wind blew the wrong way.

DCA hasn’t had a full-scale nighttime fireworks show since – opting instead to open the “World of Color” dancing fountain show in 2010 with flamethrowers and lasers instead of pyrotechnics.

The drones are noise-free and pollution-free — an ideal fit for “World of Color” which backs the busy Katella Avenue tourist corridor lined with mid-rise hotels and the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Disneyland drone jokers? Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Main Street Electrical Parade.

Disney obviously spent a lot of time and money developing the twin X-Wing combat drones that made a one-night-only appearance in the skies of Florida.

How hard would it be to pack up the X-Wings and ship them to Anaheim? Or leave one in Orlando and send the other to Batuu West?

And how cool would it be for an X-Wing to make a nighttime appearance above the spiers of Black Spire Outpost?

The really crazy drone idea? Add low-flying drones to the electric parade. Autonomous aerial vehicles could accompany each tank and fly along the parade route. Imagine the possibilities.

Obviously, Disneyland’s primary concern would be the park’s liability if one of the drones accidentally falls from the sky and strikes a visitor.

Disneyland should add some type of disclaimer to the admission ticket that clearly states that visitors could be hit by a flying object in the park. But what is the difference compared to a game of baseball, hockey or football? Getting hit by a drone can’t be worse than a fan making an errant pass to the nose during a basketball game.