Once again, Disney’s special privileges are under threat, and this time it is not coming from Governor Ron DeSantis or any lawmaker of or from the State of Florida.
Since 2003, both the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida and the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, have had the privilege to operate under a no-fly zone. Argued as a necessary matter of security and a preventative measure against potential terrorist attacks, especially considering how much the Theme Parks are considered a symbol of America, the no-fly zones also assist Walt Disney Imagineers in maintaining a stronger sense of immersion as clear skies prohibit any aerial reminders of the world outside the Parks.
However, it appears that those days of clear skies could be numbered.
According to an exclusive from the Daily Caller, “Republican Texas Rep. Troy Nehls reintroduced legislation Friday that would direct the secretary of transportation to rescind the two no-fly zones over Disneyland and Disney World.”
“I’m proud to reintroduce my bill, the Airlines Independent of Restrictions (AIR) Act, in the 118th Congress to revoke Disney’s special no-fly zone privileges,” Nehls told the Caller before introducing the legislation. “Theme parks like Disney should not receive special treatment just because they are well-connected. Our national security should not be compromised to fit the needs of one corporation.”
Click here to read the full legislation for yourself.
While many Disney fans might see this as yet another politically-driven attack on their happy place, there is also a silver lining that they might want to consider.
Aerial photographs of the Disney Theme Parks–especially of the construction sites that can be seen no other way–are rare and often sought-after pieces of content, but they have been difficult to obtain.
The no-fly zone means no aircraft can cross over Disneyland Park or Magic Kingdom Park below 3,000 feet, and no aircraft can deviate from its course once it enters Disneyland or Disney World air space. No helicopters are able to hover in place, so photographers can slowly get the perfect shot. Those pictures are also captured by using cameras with expensive lenses in order to zoom in close enough.
The elimination of the no-fly zone has the potential to open the floodgates for scores of Disney fans to take to the skies and appreciate their favorite Parks from Peter Pan’s perspective.