Preparations begin at Disney Springs for new 'Disney Dreams That Soar' drone show

Apr 17, 2024 in "Disney Dreams that Soar"

Posted: Wednesday April 17, 2024 12:37pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

With just over a month to go until the debut of Walt Disney World's new 'Disney Dreams That Soar' drone show at Disney Springs, crews on the ground are preparing the staging area to serve as the launch site for the drones.

A large section of the Strawberry Parking lot has been closed behind Cirque du Soleil adjacent to the lake, and a perimeter fence is being installed around the site.


"Disney Dreams That Soar" is a summertime experience that will be a late-night perk for visitors. Taking place over the Disney Springs lake, it will showcase Disney stories celebrating the joy of flight with state-of-the-art drones choreographed to create designs in the sky, paired with a "soaring" musical score and memorable movie quotes. Disney Dreams That Soar will run nightly from May 24 through September 2, 2024.

While we don't yet have specific details of the new show, we can expect hundreds of drones to be part of 'Disney Dreams That Soar.' Walt Disney World has previously hosted a limited-time drone show, Starbright Holidays, at Disney Springs for the 2016 holiday season in association with Intel and its Shooting Star drone product. That 5-minute show featured 300 drones, intricately choreographed in 3D space over the Disney Springs lake and synchronized to holiday music.

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jrhwdw1 hour ago

Steve hasn't put a Clock on HEA yet....... A perfect solution would be Drones (if safe) in place of OUAT, MK Night Parade and HEA or something that Tops HEA! Or...Drones actually in OUAT! Since MK doesn't want to return OUAT on its own or get TDL'S OUAT Pyro Package!!

DisneyFanatic1213 hours ago

I’ll sound like an old man, but that’s crazy that there isn’t a trail through that conservation land! It doubles the walk time! Perhaps faster and easier to walk than to drive, but I’ve never taken an Uber to or from Disney Springs. I know the drop off area well, but can’t attest to how well it would handle an influx of cars.

davis_unoxx16 hours ago

Planning on going tonight, staying at the Hyatt’s Grand Cypress near Springs. Should I take Uber instead of driving? It’s a 40 min walk btw lol seems quicker than driving

wdwmagic19 hours ago

Not sure, but because the park was closed they could fly from backstage without any guest overflight issues.

Squishy20 hours ago

Do you know where they launched from when they did that little test preview over the tree of life?

JMcMahonEsq21 hours ago

The viewing area that is circled also looks too close to the seating area to be an effective drone show. Your either too limited in distance to make a worthwild show, or your going to have to have the drones flying further away, putting them over guest areas or animal areas, niether of which is ideal.

wdwmagic21 hours ago

It is all too close to guest areas unfortunately. There is no staging area for them to land, and they would have to fly over guest areas.

SpectroMickey8521 hours ago

Four outcomes with drones at MK. A separate nightly drone show, DAH drone show, drone addition to HEA or the very unpopular outcome which is replacing HEA.

ToTBellHop21 hours ago

The water screen effect wasn’t spectacular for the show.

Starship82421 hours ago

Wasn't it the same with the water screen?

ToTBellHop22 hours ago

That’s challenging when showing Disney characters. They are noticeably backwards from SSR, for example.

ToTBellHop22 hours ago

Those far left 3 sections don’t face that way. Are you suppose to crane your neck to watch the show? And do they make the perfect viewing angle face the one area of the viewing area without seats? The amphitheater was not designed for a show with a single, optimal viewing angle. This would make drone usage at Epcot hard, too. It would work best over the Castle or Chinese Theatre.

DisneyFanatic1222 hours ago

And to add to this, drone shows don’t HAVE to be 2d. They can be 3d, or positioned in a way that everyone could have a enjoyable view.

Starship82422 hours ago

Why can't they do the drones here: It didn't seem like a problem for the water screen for ROL.