In the coming years, Disney is planning 14-acre tracts in both California and Florida to house its new Star Wars area. If that’s enough to get you stoked to visit a Disney theme park, wait ’til you find out about the lightsabers.

According to a patent application, Disney Enterprises filed for article called an “Audience Interaction Projection System” that enables fans to avert laser beams in real time using a rather complex accoutrement that resembles a lightsaber. According to the application:

An ball ambiance has a user with a faux light saber that interacts with a drone flying through the air or operated with hidden rods to appear as if its flying through the air. The faux light saber has LEDs absorbed thereto to accommodate IR light to the drone. As an LED is turned on, an airy light sensor built into the drone captures an image of the field of view with a bright spot at the position of the activated LED. A arresting light source built into the drone then projects light through chapped matter toward the faux light saber. As a result, the uses is provided with the apparition that the faux light saber has deflected a laser beam. Assorted LEDs can be activated in arrangement at assorted times to give user the consequence that the movement by the users of the faux light saber is deflecting assorted laser beams.

Put simply, drones will send light through some sort of matter (like fog) to access the afterimage of the lasers. Park attendees can then use their trusty lightsabers to send it right back, just like in the movie. The LED-powered lightsabers also affection haptic acknowledgment to give attendees real time acknowledgment for each laser beam they avert back at the drone.


Taking it a step further, Disney seems to have plans for a vest accouterment the same sort of acknowledgment when the wearer misses a angle and instead takes a laser strike to the gut.

The patent doesn’t detail any sort of way to engage in epic lightsaber duels; but hey, baby steps.

As with all patents, this one could be a pipe dream that never absolutely sees the real world. It could also be some sort of adapt for an calm toy, although the admittance of drones cutting lasers makes that seem less likely. The patent itself was filed eight months before the advertisement of the new Star Wars area of the theme park, so it could be different — but, we doubt it.