Disney's California Drone Adventure or a Sly Marketing Campaign for Planes Flick?

See the update on Page 2 that has me wondering if this whole drone tale is clever marketing for the new animated Disney flick Planes.

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ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 9, 10 A.M.: It's a world of laughter, it's a world of ... drones?

That's what an Anaheim Disney resort employee--excuse me, cast member--is reportedly feeling after a strange small object was supposedly seen hovering over California Adventure last Friday, Aug. 2.

Spokesfolk with the Mouse and the Anaheim Police Department deny anything was out there--or up there--that they know about, reports Lake Forest Patch.

Patch editor Roy Rivenburg also received "no comments" from the FAA, which must authorize craft over what is a no-fly zone, and Homeland Security, which apparently parks a large van in the theme park district at times. (Having worked there a million years ago, I know the feds could learn a thing or three from Disney security about surveillance.)

The cast member reportedly described the object seen in the sky around 7:30 a.m.--just before the park opened--as 3 feet in diameter, which might lead some to suspect Tinkerbell, who usually flies around during the nightly fireworks show. But this contraption was said to have several propellers and a flashing blue light as it hovered about 40 feet from the ground, which sounds more like the handy work of Launchpad McQuack.

Some workers, thinking it was a camera, waved at it, according to the employee. Smile, you're on NSA camera!

Walt Disney Imagineering often tests new gadgets at the resort, but Disney spokeswoman Suzy Brown reportedly told Patch she would have been informed about a park-authorized UFO. And she wasn't.



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Kelly Reinke
Kelly Reinke

What's your issue with the term "cast member"?

EA Prieto
EA Prieto

Strange small object? Gus' junk?

Mark Bixby
Mark Bixby

I photographed a drone cam at the now-infamous US Open of Surfing on the last morning. It was a quad-rotor copter, maybe 2-3ft in diameter, with a row of blue LEDs on one of the cross-arms. According to the city of HB, this drone was being operated by somebody associated with the event and was filming the surfing and the crowd. I only mention this due to the reference to a blue light in the OCW article. Facebook won't let me post the pic in this comment.

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

"Mickey" "Disney" and "Drones" each have six letters. 666 = Number of the beast. Think about it!

Josh Ward
Josh Ward

It wasn't a Drone. It was an Alien!!! Lets go in that direction.

brownout
brownout

They're just updating the Soaring Over California ride.

Annalise Attreed
Annalise Attreed

Wha? Stukas Over Disneyland? I thought that was just a song.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@EA Prieto Sorry, kid—don't swing that way ;-)

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@EA Prieto I know for a fact Gus' junk flashes red lights, not blue.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Mark Bixby Ah, email it to me, Mark, and I'll post: mcoker@ocweekly.com.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Chris J Caroselli And so does "Planes!" doo-doo doo-doo, doo-doo doo-doo ...

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Josh Ward Hey, I don't see what the point is bringing the drone's immigration status into this ...

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Annalise Attreed I'd go to that damn park more if they played the Dickies.

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