Disney Springs show will have 200 more drones than Universal

The new Disney Springs drone show, “Disney Dreams That Soar,” will feature 800 drones and a Baymax bigger than Cinderella Castle.

Orange Bird in Disney Springs drone show
Photos courtesy of Disney/Sylvain Beche, captured during a test launch in France

The show — the official name of which is “Disney Dreams That Soar presented by AT&T” — will perform May 24 – Sept. 2, 2024 at Walt Disney World Resort’s shopping and dining district near Orlando, Fla. The production spotlights characters and moments from Disney stories inspired by flight.

Disney Dreams That Soar drones

Today, Disney shared details about the upcoming show and provided a sneak peek of rehearsals underway offsite.

Disney Springs drones

800 Drones at Disney Springs

The nine-minute production will feature 800 drones. For those keeping score, that’s 200 more than the 600 drones in “CineSational: A Symphonic Spectacular,” the combo drones/fireworks spectacle that will debut down the road at Universal Studios Florida on June 14, 2024.

Dumbo drones in Disney Dreams That Soar

For reference, Disney World’s only previous drone show — “Starbright Holidays,” which held a brief residency at Disney Springs for less than two months in 2016 and never returned — had 300 drones, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “Disney Electrical Sky Parade,” which debuted earlier this year in France, has 500 drones, according to Disneyland Paris.

Death Star in Disney Springs drone show

“The amount of drones really allowed us to make figures bigger than life, bigger than anything I’ve ever seen,” said Tony Giordano, show director at Disney Live Entertainment. “The fact that we can have a Baymax figure and a Death Star that’s bigger than the castle [and] bigger than Spaceship Earth is incredible. Really you have to come out and see this in person. It’s going to change how you can imagine what a drone show could be.”

Baymax in Disney Springs drone show

“Disney Dreams That Soar” Showtimes

“Disney Dreams That Soar” will perform twice nightly at Disney Springs from May 24 – Sept. 2, 2024. Showtimes will vary; Disney suggests consulting the Disney Springs website prior to your visit. At the time of this writing, that site’s calendar does not display the showtimes for “Disney Dreams That Soar.”

WALL-E and EVE in Disney Dreams That Soar

Drone Characters and Shapes in “Disney Dreams That Soar”

The following characters and figures appear in Disney’s sneak peek photography and footage of the show. This list may be incomplete.

  • Dumbo
  • Peter Pan
  • Orange Bird from Adventureland
  • The Death Star from “Star Wars”
  • Launchpad McQuack from “DuckTales”
  • Pegasus from “Hercules”
  • Wall-E and Eve from “Wall-E”
  • Carl and Ellie’s house from “Up”
  • Baymax from “Big Hero 6”
  • Grogu from “The Mandalorian”
Peter Pan in Disney World drone show

“Disney Dreams That Soar” Theme Song Lyrics

Disney also shared video of rehearsals, featuring audio of the show’s theme song.

Disney Dreams That Soar Sneak Peak with Imagineer Commentary

Let’s go right where you want to be,
where the magic feels like family
and you can wish upon a star
and never look back.

Let’s go to the place where dreams come true.
You can be you and the hero too.
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.
Just imagine where you’ll go with dreams that soar!

Use the thunder in your heart
to prepare you for the dark
because the path you take
ends far from where you start.

When it’s time to spread your wings,
you’ll see that everything’s in reach.

You can change the world if you just believe.

If you’re feeling small, you can fly away.
A new adventure’s coming your way
and tomorrow’s always brighter than yesterday.

Let’s go to the place where dreams come true.
You can be you and the hero too.
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.
Just imagine where you’ll go with dreams that soar!

Pegasus, Orange Bird, and Launchpad McQuack from Disney Springs drone show

Theme Park Drone Show Videos

Enjoy these videos of drone shows at theme parks from our Attractions Magazine YouTube archives:

Exclusive preview of Christmas Drone Aerial show rehearsal at Disney Springs
Dollywood’s Sweet Summer Nights Intel Drone Show Highlights
Carowinds 50 Nights of Fire Drones and Fireworks Show
Electrical Sky Parade Drone Show Highlights

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