Disney gets FAA approval for drone flights over its US theme parks

Nov 04, 2016 in "Epcot"

The Federal Aviation Authrority has accepted Disney's application for drone flights, clearing the way for their use in nighttime spectaculars at the theme parks.

Disney has been working on drone technology for use in the parks for the last couple of years, and although the technology itself is now ready, a number of FAA restrictions had stood in the way.

An application for the FAA restrictions on drone use to be lifted was filed back in October 2015, and a waiver has now been granted.

Specifically, Disney can operate drones during nighttime, in multiples, and over Special Security Notice Flight Restriction Areas and Class G airspace. The waiver is effective from November 1 2016 to November 30 2020. 

Although Disney has not made any announcements about drone use in the parks, all of the existing nighttime shows could be enhanced with their inclusion. And of course, entirely new shows could be developed with the technology, perhaps bringing night shows to locations that were previously unsuitable.

You can read the full FAA waiver document here, and learn more about Disney's Flixel drone developments.

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Article Posted: Nov 04, 2016 / 11:42am EDT