Walt Disney has filed three patents to use drones to ferry floating pixels, marionettes, aerial projection screens at its theme parks and enhance its nightly entertainment.
The three patents include: Aerial Display System with Floating Pixels; Aerial Display System with Floating Projection Screens; and Aerial Display System with Marionettes Articulated and Supported by Airborne Devices
Disney noted in its patent application: "This is a significant improvement over prior flying characters, which typically were provided in the form of parade or other blimps/balloons filled with hot air or other gases and that had little and/or awkward articulation of any movable parts."
Further, the drone-powered air shows may even replace fireworks and large-scale light shows, which will be executed via a lighting assembly that could display images or colours by using sky as a screen.
As part of the patent filing, Disney also incorporated a list of firms urging the US government to enable using smaller drones for commercial purposes.