walt disney co has filed paperwork for drone patents

Florida Hospitality & Tourism News Sept. 2014

With 100 million visitors to Florida in 2015 a distinct possibility – and predicted by many people in the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism is always a big draw. Now in its 47th year and scheduled for Sept. 22-24 in Boca Raton, the event brings together attendees from Florida destinations, attractions, hotels, resorts, parks and convention centers, along with government officials, media representatives, advertising agencies and others.

Drones are Disney’s newest attraction? Not quite. But The Walt Disney Co. has filed paperwork for three drone-related patents for use in moving projection screens and helping control aerial marionettes or puppets. Reportedly, one of the applications is for a multi-drone system that would hold aloft a projection screen for a nighttime display. Such a display would utilize what Disney calls “flixels”, which is an Imagineer word creation for “floating pixels,” according to the patent application.