Once again, Disney has filed another patent. However, this time it is for a rather obscure application that does not appear to correspond directly to theme park operations for the typical guest.
Disney has previously banned the use of drones across property, but not all guests and media outlets have been complying to those regulations. As a result, it appears as if Disney is going to create a device to detect and overtake drones in order to protect there secretive work in and around the parks and resorts.
Many media outlets and photographers have been secretly filming new construction projects , sound stages, and other intentionally hidden aspects of the parks and multimedia assets remotely in order to share their findings with the world online. As you can imagine, in a business as secretive and cutting edge as Disney’s, such leaks of information could negatively affect the company’s production and development goals.
The patent itself is called “Commercial Drone Detection.” The system is described as capable of intersecting commercial drones. From Disney’s perspective, this must be a necessary step in securing their future developments. In this day and age they are starting to realize that it is going to take more that just oversized walls to hide construction projects and this is certainly a step in the right direction.
As a member of the media (No matter how small that portion may be.) I can honestly appreciate the steps they are taking to limit early exposure of certain projects. I honestly think its a good step in helping preserve the magic of the end result of many of these new projects. Take Pandora: the World of Avatar as an example. Honestly, after a few recent media aerial videos and leaked images we have a good idea of what to expect from the project. Of course, there will be surprises, but the big reveal of everything all at once has essentially become a thing of the past. It makes sense to hide a big release. It builds anticipation and develops a greater sense of amazement when the final project debuts!
As always, these patents have simply been filed and may never actually be utilized in a real world theme park application.