PATENT: Disney’s Drones Will Be Self Sustaining

Drone Autonomous Charging StationIt’s become one of the world’s worst kept secrets that Disney Parks has devised of a way to use drones in its nighttime entertainment offerings and is currently lobbying the FAA to allow them to do so. Almost on a weekly basis now, we are learning more and more of just how Disney is attempting to accomplish such a feat, pioneering methods and technology to do so.

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Idina Menzel to Perform ‘Let It Go’ for ABC’s Disneyland Anniversary Special

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC and Disneyland have announced that Idina Menzel will perform ‘Let It Go’ as part of its upcoming television special ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ airing February 21 at 8:00 pm. Menzel will perform with Disney California Adventure’s ‘Wonderful World of Color’ as the backdrop. Menzel joins an already impressive list of celebrities and performers including: Ne-Yo, Little Big Town and Disney legend, Dick Van Dyke. They join an already impressive roster of celebrities and performers including: Alfonso Ribeiro, Ariel Winter, Bryce Dallas Howard, Eric Stonestreet, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dame Helen Mirren, Hilary Duff, Jason Bateman, Jessica Alba, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Julie Bowen, Kerry Washington, Kiefer Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Lupita Nyong’o, Neil Patrick Harris, Nolan Gould, Pink, Priyanka Chopra, Sabrina Carpenter, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Carson, Ty Burrell, Viola Davis, Zendaya, Harrison Ford, Elton John, Josh Gad, Tori Kelly and Kermit the Frog, Jessie J, Kelsea Ballerini, Witney Carson, Maddie Ziegler and The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel.

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ABC’s ‘Disneyland’ Anniversary Special Adds Little Big Town, Ne-Yo and Dick Van Dyke to Line-up

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC and Disneyland have added additional performers and performance details for its upcoming television special ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ airing February 21 at 8:00 pm. Newly announced acts include Ne-Yo, Little Big Town and Disney legend, Dick Van Dyke. They join an already impressive roster of celebrities and performers including: Alfonso Ribeiro, Ariel Winter, Bryce Dallas Howard, Eric Stonestreet, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dame Helen Mirren, Hilary Duff, Jason Bateman, Jessica Alba, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Julie Bowen, Kerry Washington, Kiefer Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Lupita Nyong’o, Neil Patrick Harris, Nolan Gould, Pink, Priyanka Chopra, Sabrina Carpenter, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Carson, Ty Burrell, Viola Davis, Zendaya, Harrison Ford, Elton John, Josh Gad, Tori Kelly and Kermit the Frog, Jessie J, Kelsea Ballerini, Witney Carson, Maddie Ziegler and The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel.

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PATENT: Disney’s Drone ‘Flixels’ System to Incorporate Video Projections

Disney Drone Payload Patent ApplicationWe have been following Disney Theme Parks’ plans to incorporate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — or drones — into its nighttime entertainment experiences for years, beginning with the initial patent application through their recent filing to actually seek FAA permission to use drones at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

The filing revealed that Disney plans on using 3DR quadcopters with a ‘flixel’ payload of no more than five pounds in weight, but until now, it was more or less assumed that it would be a simple screen, consisting of simple elements that would combine with other drones’ payloads to develop a larger picture, such as what Intel had recently shown, which was effectively simulating fireworks.

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ABC’s ‘Disneyland’ Anniversary Special Adds Celebrity Roster to Appearances

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC announced today that a star-studded line-up of music, film and television personalities will participate in the festivities on ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.’ Stars include Alfonso Ribeiro, Ariel Winter, Bryce Dallas Howard, Eric Stonestreet, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dame Helen Mirren, Hilary Duff, Jason Bateman, Jessica Alba, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Julie Bowen, Kerry Washington, Kiefer Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Lupita Nyong’o, Neil Patrick Harris, Nolan Gould, Pink, Priyanka Chopra, Sabrina Carpenter, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Carson, Ty Burrell, Viola Davis, and Zendaya. ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ with Master of Ceremonies Derek Hough, airs Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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ABC’s Disneyland Anniversary Special Adds Kelsea Ballerini to Line-up; Additional Details Released

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC and the Disneyland Resort have released additional details for the upcoming Disneyland 60th Anniversary special, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ with Master of Ceremonies Derek Hough, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. The new information both confirms earlier reports by Stitch Kingdom as well as new details regarding performances, which are detailed below:

  • Elton John will perform ‘The Circle of Life’ from The Lion King as well as debut his new song, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’

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ABC’s Disneyland Anniversary Special to Detail Star Wars Lands with Harrison Ford

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60Acclaimed actor Harrison Ford, who portrays Han Solo in the Star Wars film franchise, gives viewers an exclusive preview of Star Wars-themed lands being developed at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. New details of the ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life at both resorts will be revealed during ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ with Master of Ceremonies Derek Hough, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, will join the celebration performing The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney’s acclaimed animated film Fantasia.

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PHOTOS: ‘Disneyland 60’ Special Performances By Elton John, Pentatonix and Derek Hough

ABC and the Disneyland Resort have released several photos from performances recently recorded for the upcoming two-hour special ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ premiering Sunday, February 21 on the ABC television network at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Performances pre-recorded for the event include those by Elton John, Pentatonix and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ professional dancers Derek Hough and Witney Carson, which you can find in our photo gallery embedded below.

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ABC’s ‘Disneyland 60’ Special to Feature Elton John, Pentatonix; Interactive Experience Available for At-Home Viewers

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC and the Disneyland Resort have announced that Elton John will debut his title track ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ during the two-hour special ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ premiering Sunday, February 21 on the ABC television network at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Although ABC has yet to announce other appearances on the show, audience ticketing company 1iota is currently offering free tickets to those wishing to attend a taping for the special on Tuesday, January 12 at the Disneyland Resort. According to 1iota, those performing during the taping including Pentatonix, and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ professional dancers Derek Hough and Witney Carson.

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UPDATE: Disney Seeks Permission to Use Drones for Nighttime Entertainment at Theme Parks

Disney Drone ProposalsBack in summer of 2014, Stitch Kingdom broke news that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was working on an intricate system using controlled drones to supplement its nighttime entertainment, proposing to: use drones to control massive marionettes (such as an exampled Jack Skellington) and/or use drones to carry screens that could act as what they dubbed ‘flixels,’ or ‘floating pixels.’

In late October of 2015, Disney decided to move ahead with these plans by filing an exemption from the FAA under section 333 which governs the commercial use of drones. The application was published on December 31 and has not yet been answered by the FAA.

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