08/28/2014 06:21 pm ET Updated Aug 28, 2014

Disney Seeks Drone Patents For Theme Park Entertainment

Disney theme parks are known for going above and beyond when it comes to the attractions, characters and thrill rides that make for magical memories, and a new toy could soon be added to the Disney experience: drones.

The entertainment giant recently applied for three drone patents, all for use in aerial light shows. Visitors could see giant illuminated characters above them in the air, or even see floating pixels, or "flixels," replacing firework shows.

Washington Post tech policy reporter Andrea Peterson stopped by HuffPost Live on Thursday to chat about the possibility of Disney employing this technology.

"One of the things really important to think about is that these are three patent applications that were filed last week. Companies patent things that they don't intend to roll out all the time," Peterson told host Alyona Minkovski. "They're a good way to lay claim to an idea, but they aren't always practical to roll out in this specific time frame that you or I might think of anytime soon."

Catch the rest of the clip above, and watch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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