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Disney and Intel Light Up the Skies at Disney Springs with Hundreds of Drones

Disney and Intel Light Up the Skies at Disney Springs with Hundreds of Drones

After offering us a tease last week, Disney has officially debuted their new Disney Springs holiday drone show. It is no replacement for Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights, but it is a nice addition to the Disney holiday lineup. It’s one of the many Disney holiday happenings at the parks.

Hundreds of drone light up the skies over the water at Disney Springs. All of this is, of course, timed to a selection of holiday music.

In this holiday show these drones light up to form iconic shapes pair with classic holiday music.

From Disney on Starbright Holidays:

This holiday season, guests at Disney Springs – the shopping, dining and entertainment district of Walt Disney World Resort – will get a chance to see Disney and Intel exploring remarkable new technology as hundreds of lighted show drones take to the nighttime sky in “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration.”

The first-of-its-kind light show featuring 300 Intel® Shooting StarTM show drones invites guests to gaze skyward and make a special wish this holiday season. The synchronized choreography of the new Intel Shooting Star drones is set to a specially orchestrated arrangement of classic holiday music. In the nostalgic and stirring medley, Disney Springs guests can listen for a few bars of classic Disney melodies.

“We are thrilled to share an experience as innovative and unique as Disney Springs,” said Keith Bradford, Vice President of Disney Springs. “‘Starbright Holidays’ is a wonderful surprise and delight moment for guests as they enjoy an evening of world-class shopping, dining and entertainment here at Disney Springs.”

Added Jon Snoddy, Studio Executive with Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, “At Disney, we are always looking for innovative ways to tell stories and create unexpected experiences. We’re excited to invite guests to watch as we explore the possibilities of this remarkable new technology.”

Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration marks the first time in the United States 300 show drones have flown at one time. At 280g, the Intel Shooting Star drone weighs less than a volleyball, and features built-in LED lights that can create more than four billion color combinations.

“We are excited to work with Walt Disney Imagineering to bring a fresh and innovative approach to its world-renowned light shows,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s New Technology Group, Josh Walden. “Together, we worked to tackle the new frontier of entertainment, picturing the sky as our canvas, and flying lights as ink.”

“Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” will join other holiday enhancements at Disney Springs, including a brand-new Christmas Tree Trail, special seasonal entertainment, meet and greets with Santa, and festive decor throughout all four neighborhoods – Town Center, The Landing, West Side and Marketplace.

Video of Starbright Holidays from Laughing Places


Unfortunately, this drone show has not returned since 2016. While it was a very short show I would still love to see them bring it back again.