The Ultimate Guide To Drone Light Shows

Drone light shows are a new emerging technology that is taking over the world of entertainment. Whether you’re thinking about booking a drone show, going to see one, or just want to learn more, Go Drones are here to help! There is a lot that goes into putting on a show so here is the ultimate guide to drone light shows where we answer a few of our most frequently asked questions!

How Do The Drones All Fly Together?

Contrary to what some believe, there are not 200 people standing under the show all controlling a single drone! We use unique and proprietary software to position each drone as a pixel. Their flight paths are accurate down to the centimeter to ensure accuracy. This software calculates the flight paths of each drone to guarantee they don’t collide in the air. It also generates a full 3D rendering of the show to be reviewed by us and the clients.

Drone Show Programming Software
Preview Of Drone Design Software

How Many Drones Are In A Show?

Drone shows can consist of a range of 50 – 1000+ drones in a single show. The number of drones in the show will directly affect the look of the images. With a smaller amount of drones, designs will include lots of lettering and 2D shapes. When you get into the larger number of drones, this is when you start to see the 3D shapes and animations.

Number of Drones In A Light Show
Preview Of Number Of Drones In A Light Show

Are Drone Shows Safe?

Because of the precise nature of the drones and programs we use for our shows, Go Drones shows are completely safe! We are very diligent about flight paths and will never get close to flying over anyone. We always make sure to leave extra flight time on the battery to get the drones back to base safely. The drones are very durable and can withstand up to 26mph winds. We are in compliance with all FAA regulations and have very experienced pilots flying every show.

Go Drone Shows Grid
Drone Show Grid

How Much Do Drone Light Shows Cost?

Because drone shows are so new, one of the biggest questions revolves around the cost of a drone show. The costs of a drone show start at $20,000 minimum but vary greatly depending on many factors outlined below.

  • The Number of Drones In The Show – The number of drones used in the show is the biggest cost variable. We charge between $200 – $600 per drone per show and each show can have between 100 – 1000+ drones!
  • Design Complexity – Designing a drone show is a very complex and time-consuming process. Based on the client’s preferences, our shows can be 100% custom or have some predesigned elements included with some custom elements. The amount of custom and complex designs wanted in the show will affect the overall price.
  • Show Location – The location of the show will also have an impact on the cost. Based on the location of the show, extra travel costs may reflect in the overall price.
  • Busy Dates/Holidays – There are a few dates when everyone is looking to book drone shows. These dates include the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, and other holidays. Due to the high number of inquiries these days, prices will go up.

Are Drone Shows Replacing Fireworks?

There has been an influx in Drone Shows replacing fireworks over the last couple of years for a number of reasons. The first is that the shows can be 100% customizable. Having your brand’s logo 400 feet in the sky leaves a much longer-lasting impression than the typical fireworks. Another reason is due to environmental reasons. Drone Shows aid the pain points of entertaining guests in areas with burn bans that prohibit fireworks because there is no risk of starting fires. Moreover, fireworks release a cocktail of chemicals into the environment when lit, harming both people and the environment. Drone shows are remarkably energy-efficient and eliminate any harm to the environment. 

Want To Learn More?

If you still have questions after reading the ultimate guide to drone light shows don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Visit our website or email us at with any questions and/or inquiries!