11/16/16: Three hundred (300!) drones took to the skies over Disney Springs on Wednesday night in the first drone performance of this scale in the United States.
“Starbright Holidays” is a choreographed nighttime drone performance set to holiday music.
Watch 300 drones form a whirling Christmas Tree: Christmas Tree in the Sky
Accompanied by an original Disney arrangement of classic holiday songs recorded by a full orchestra, the sparkling experience invites guests to look up to sky and wish upon a holiday star. This is the first time a drone show of this scale has ever been performed in the U.S.
Disney World secured permission from the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month to use drones on its properties.
The brightly lit drones flew in formation over a restricted area of the park, in view of Disney Springs, the shopping district, and entertainment zone formerly known as Downtown Disney.
Technology giant Intel said it was the first public performance in the United States of the company’s 300 Shooting Star drones. The drones feature built-in LED lights that can create more than four billion color combinations.
The drones dance in formation, creating a huge floating, rotating Christmas tree and other holiday symbols like doves and angels. Using the sky as the stage for an aerial ballet, the “Starbright Holidays” show will run nightly through Jan. 8, 2017.
The drones have plastic foam bodies and weigh about 10 ounces, about the same as an ultralight running shoe. “They are going to be flying them over the water and they will almost certainly have some kind of geo-fence built into the software,” Waite said, describing it as similar to an invisible dog fence that won’t let the drones operate beyond a certain point. And even in the unlikely event a 10-ounce drone falls 150 feet from the sky, “It may not feel great,” Waite said, “but it’s not going to injure you very much.”
“Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” will join other holiday enhancements at Disney Springs, including a brand-new Christmas Tree Trail, special seasonal entertainment, meet and greets with Santa, and festive decor throughout all four neighborhoods – Town Center, The Landing, West Side and Marketplace.
Full video of the 5 minute holiday show: Starbright Holidays 2016
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