Disney gets one step closer to bringing drones to its parks

Could we be seeing Disney Drones flying around soon? 2


Back in August of last year, we reported that Disney filed for some interesting patents in regards to using drones in their parks.

It seems that Disney has taken the next step to bringing drones to its parks with filing for a  a Section 333 exemption.  Which would basically give the company the rights to fly drones for commercial use, which is currently not permitted. Disney would most likely use them in their nighttime shows, such as Wishes and maybe even the new nighttime show coming to Animal Kingdom, ‘Rivers of Light’ if passed.

Here is a section of the exemption:

In particular, Disney requests an exemption pursuant to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and 49 U.S.C. 44701 from several provisions of title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, including part 21 and sections of parts 61, 67, and 91.

The drones would all be pre-programed with specific flight patterns in the ““pyrotechnic clear zone,” which would be clear the drones from causing any harm to guests if one were to fail.

You can view the exemption in its entirety here.

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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed