Disney’s three drone patent application were filed on August 21. The patents describe using drones in the theme parks for aerial display systems, floating projection screens and marionettes held and animated by drones, reports Reuters.
According to the patent applications, the Disney drones would be synced up to each others’ movements to avoid in-air collisions. The drones would also be monitored from the ground. These drones could replace previous floating puppets that were held and animated by hot air balloons, Reuters notes.
“Other displays may use aircraft such as blimps dragging banners or even large display screens,” one of the patents reads, according to Business Insider. “While useful in some settings, these aircraft-based displays typically have been limited in size and use only a small number of aircraft and display devices.”