Of Drones and Christmas Cheer

Disney Springs is all spruced up for the holidays this year, and it provides the backdrop for a new holiday experience featuring 300 show drones.

The Starbright Holiday—An Intel Collaboration takes place nightly at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. now through January 8th over Lake Buena Vista.

The 5-minute choreographed aerial performance of 300 drones is set to holiday music, and the drones create holiday images such as a Christmas tree, an angel, and a dove of peace.

The show marks the U.S. public debut of the Intel Shooting Star drone–a new type of unmanned aerial vehicle specifically designed for entertainment purposes, such as festivals and air and light shows.

But there is more. Every night at the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area, a Christmas tree lighting takes place at 6 p.m., and the new Christmas tree trail features 15 custom-decorated evergreens, each capturing a popular Disney character or movie.

I liked the Christmas tree trail a lot and I believe it really has potential, but think that there is room for improvement. Read: more trees, more bling, more decoration, bigger trees, and please bring back the traditional Christmas carols!

Talking about Christmas carols, throughout the evening, at the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area, toy soldier stilt walkers, carolers, and an a capella group take turns spreading holiday cheer, and a DJ spins holiday-themed music, making sure that you get into the Yuletide spirit. Make sure to look for the strolling piano at Town Center!

Walt Disney World is always decked out to the max, and Christmas is indeed the most magical time of the year to visit the parks. Check out a related story I did for TheMouseForLess.com and find out the top 10 reasons why Christmas is a perfect time to visit the Kingdom of the Mouse. If you are considering a stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, read my article here.

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