Disney Files Patent to Intercept Unauthorized Drones at Walt Disney World and Other Locations

Disney has had repeated issues with fans, guests and media flying drones over park construction zones, movies filming, etc.  This impacts Disney’s ability to protect the construction details, plot details and more when they are working on major projects.  Disney needs to be able to protect their investments and work to ensure that they get the desired reaction when the projects are finally released to the public.


The patent that was just filed is known as “Commercial Drone Detection”.  The technology would detect when drones are flying over Disney’s properties and private zones.  It would also detect if the drones are Disney registered drones or not.  If not, they would be able to intercept the photos, video or audio media that the drone is recording in order to protect their sensitive information.

This is a growing problem as technology and the availability of drones has increased.  It is no surprise that Disney has to take such extreme measures to protect their intellectual property.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!