So I love Disneyland and I love Drones, I run a web site called That Drone Show and I have a drone podcast, and of course I love Disneyland. So I came across this clearly not legal video of a kid flying a remote control drone over the park.
Now at first I thought that perhaps it was before the park opened, so it would not endanger anyone…but NO! Its while the park is open! You can see he takes off from the parking lot and flys over the gates and gets very close to some Disney attractions with his Drone!
I love drones, but this kind of crap is not legal and hurts people who fly drones, and could have really hurt someone.
Take a look for your self
Now what of the law around this? Well Disneyland is in a temporary restricted airspace and has been since 2003.
There are active TFRs that have been effective since 2003 over Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and an indirect TFR that prohibits flight below 3000′ above ground level, and within a 3 nautical mile (5.5 km) radius of a stadium having a seating capacity of 30,000 or more, in which a MLB, NFL, NCAA division one football, or a major motor speedway event is taking place, from one hour before to one hour after the event, with exceptions for essentially anyone connected with the event sponsor.
- Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California
- Walt Disney World Resort, in Central Florida (near Orlando). The zone extends to 3,000 feet (910 metres) in a 3-nautical-mile (5.6-kilometre) radius centered from the Main Spire of Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. Though implemented for security according to the FAA the decision has been controversial.In 2003, a conservative Christian group filed a lawsuit claiming that the ruling infringed on its First Amendment right to fly banners to display to visitors during the unofficial Gay Days at Walt Disney World.