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Minnie and Mickey Airspace Equals No-Fly Zone

If you have ever been to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida or Disneyland in Anaheim, California, I want you to stop and think a second about airplanes. Do I have your attention? Have you ever seen an airplane fly over these two parks? Do you see helicopters or any other vessel anywhere near the parks? The reason for this is that the parks have a very strict No Fly Zone. According to the Norwalk Reflector, there has been a no-fly restriction over both parks since 2003 after new legislation was put into law after the 9-11 attacks in New York and Washington. The United States says that the skies over both parks is ”national defense airspace” and violating that airspace can result in interception and federal prosecution.

According to the article, these restrictions are supposed to be temporary, just like the ones where the President of the United States is located or major sporting events. When the law was put into effect in 2003, there was no argument specifically about Disney, although somehow it slipped into the act after a Disney lobbyist forced heavy support of the idea. This was a major win for Disney as they had been in a legal battle for many years with aerial advertisers who wanted to fly banners around the park. Disney and it’s lawyers argue that the restrictions are not just for the protection of the guests and employees, but also the culture of America and comfort level for all in the Disney parks. The other side states, however, that it hurts businesses like the banner tow planes that make a living off of such advertising. “Banner towers used to make money with their banner tows around Disneyland; now they’re not allowed to. … People can’t take aerial photography shots,” said Mark Skinner, owner of Anaheim Helicopters. But “you can fly (around) Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, no big deal,” he said.


Disney is convinced that the no-fly restrictions are a necessity and should stay in place. “We believe the airspace restrictions over large gathering places like sports stadiums and our theme parks continue to make sense for enhancing public safety,” Cathi Killian said. The no-fly zones have been challenged multiple times in court, but there has been no success in getting the zones lifted.

Source: coaster-net.com

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