VIDEO - Drones surround the Tree of Life for special media event moment

May 25, 2017 in "The Tree of Life"

Posted: Thursday May 25, 2017 7:32am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Last night at the Pandora - The World of Avatar media event, a special moment at the Tree of Life was created to celebrate the nighttime magic at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Hundreds of drones were flown to surround the canopy of the Tree of Life.

This is the second time that drones have been used at Walt Disney World, following from 'Starbright Holidays' drone show at Disney Springs. Although this new performance was a one-off for the media, Disney is known to be working on some advanced drone technology for use in nighttime spectaculars in the future.

Here is a look at the Tree of Life moment with drones.

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LAKid53Jun 01, 2017

I was referring to the market area in the Africa section, not the gorilla.... :rolleyes: However, yes, the killing of that beautiful animal was a tragedy...and totally unnecessary.

riorizJun 01, 2017

And they have to cost less than the fireworks

eggJun 01, 2017

This past Sunday marked exactly one year since the death of Harambe. I'm appalled at the lack of remembrance on here.

BaconJun 01, 2017

Too soon

StevekMay 29, 2017

I'm in the US as well. Weird.

MisterPenguinMay 29, 2017

Blocked for me in the US.

StevekMay 29, 2017

anyone else getting a block on this due to copyright issues?

mnelson3May 28, 2017

I may be wrong but I think the biggest issue they faced with the floating lanterns was the water current knocked them around to much and they couldn't control their direction along with the lotus and animal floats.

mickhyperionMay 28, 2017

It's curious that they can effortlessly control airborne drones, yet not floating lanterns.

mnelson3May 28, 2017

I did not take any unfortunately. They must have been just installed since I have not seen them before. Also the back of the ToL now has projections with random moving animals... but I don't think the actual shows are taking place on the back yet, if they will at all.

cjkeatingMay 28, 2017

Any pictures? I hadn't heard anything else about these.

mnelson3May 28, 2017

So does anyone know what's going on with the newly installed aerial tree "firefly" lighting around the park? The exit of Pandora (By FOTLK) had lasers shining up at some of the trees and the backside of the ToL they have both lasers and steady on yellowish lights in some of the trees.... It almost appears as they might not be fully finished installing them since it was only a few random trees?

Kman101May 26, 2017

I doubt we see it again (the drones), they gotta make everything all special for media days.

DABIGCHEEZMay 26, 2017

OK... not really needed though IMO.