Disneyland helicopter captures aerial footage of eerie ‘ghost town’ during coronavirus closure

The Hub at the top of Main Street U.S.A. and Sleeping Beauty Castle is devoid of people during the resort closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Aerial services provided by Hangar 21 Helicopters. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Disney will fly a helicopter a few hundred feet above the deserted walkways and vacant promenades of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to collect aerial footage during the coronavirus closures of the Anaheim theme parks.

Aerial views captured during a helicopter flyover on Monday, June 29 of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are being collected for future use, according to Disneyland officials.

The helicopter will fly as low as 500 feet over the Disney theme parks between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, according to an email sent by Disneyland to area Anaheim residents.

“A helicopter will fly over the Disneyland Resort to collect footage for future use,” according to the Disneyland notice. “You may hear or see the helicopter as it flies overhead, sometimes at heights as low as 500 feet.”

Walt Disney World performed similar helicopter flyovers of its four Florida theme parks in mid-June.

A helicopter flew over Disney World theme parks in a grid pattern using a Lidar laser scan capable of making 3-D maps of the empty parks.

Eerie aerial videos and photos shot by unauthorized helicopter pilots showing a Disneyland ‘ghost town’ with all its rides and attractions closed have become fairly common sights during the coronavirus lockdown.

The airspace over Disney theme parks is typically restricted. The Anaheim theme parks have the same restricted airspace protections as the White House, major U.S. landmarks and sporting events. No-fly zone designations prohibit aircraft from flying below 3,000 feet and within 3 miles of Disney theme parks in the United States.

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