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Disney’s Hosting a Drone-Operated Holiday Light Show in Orlando

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The debate over the use of drones — especially within commercial airspace where they can interfere with low-flying aircraft — can be a heated one. Just this week, there was a close call in Canada with a possible drone, which resulted in two minor injuries to flight attendants when the pilots had to maneuver the aircraft in order to avoid the object. But, when used with caution, they can be fun to use — and Disney’s displaying just that by offering spectators a holiday-themed choreographed light show.

This winter, Disney has teamed with Intel to send 300 drones into the Orlando sky to create a giant drone-powered light show. The devices are Intel’s Shooting Star drones, the same ones the company used to break the Guinness World Record for the most drones operated by one person — a total of 500 at once. You can watch the video of Intel breaking that world record below:

Disney worked with the Federal Aviation Administration in order to get approval to fly the drones in such a mass number. In fact, Disney was granted a waiver from the FAA in order to fly drones over its parks at night. Now, Disney will be using 300 of Intel’s drones to hold a twice-nightly show in Orlando.

The show, “Starbright Holidays — An Intel Collaboration,” started last night at the Disney Springs resort in Orlando, Florida, where the show will continue through the winter. It’s sure to be a spectacle, so if you’re in the Orlando area, consider heading out to see the 300 Shooting Stars at work.

H/T: Recode

Are you planning to watch the Intel drone performance at Disney?

Featured image courtesy of Intel.

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