In the video, Disney Imagineers confirm what many fans had speculated — that the inspiration for the show came from that iconic moment in the Disney animated hit Tangled with the floating lanterns over the kingdom. Disney partnered with Intel, who developed the special "Shooting Star" drones that perform in the show.
And this is a performance. Yes, it's an exercise in computer programming, aeronautics, engineering, and stagecraft, but what part of mass-market entertainment isn't highly technical in its production these days? We've all become so accustomed to seeing incredible imagery on screen in movies, television, and video games, that it's a treat to watch the reaction on Disney guests' faces when they recognize that these floating points of light above the West Side of Disney Springs are real and that they're watching a video effect come to life. To me, that's as much fun as watching the show itself, which, c'mon now, is pretty darned captivating on its own.
How often do you see something truly new and unique in entertainment? Thanks to the teams at WDI and Intel who put this show together, now we can.Tweet
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