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Disneyland & Walt Disney World Both Have No Fly Zones Above Them – What’s Up With That?

by SharonKurheg

Fun Fact: Both Walt Disney World (WDW) and Disneyland (DL) have no fly zones over their respective properties. How and why that came to be, and exactly what/where the no fly zones have entailed in the past versus today (especially at WDW – theirs is not exactly the same as DL’s) is a very interesting piece of Disney theme park history…

Prior to 9/11, it was an everyday occurrence to see planes over Disney parks. I distinctly remember seeing planes over the Magic Kingdom on more than one occasion – sometimes just a commercial flight, but more often planes for hire that had banner ads for local establishments (Rosie O’Grady’s, anyone?) and services such as local law offices. Some religious organization(s) also used to have banner ads to “warn” people of when it was the week of Gay Days – that turned into one of my most favorite memes ever:


The printing is small. One plane says, WARNING GAY DAYS AT DISNEY and the other plane says, WARNING IT’S FABULOUS!!!!

Anyway, 9/11 changed all that – Disney requested and received No Fly Zone status over both of their American parks. However the details of that step, and the aftermath of same, are very interesting. Take a look…

Here some more interesting reading about the topic:

Learn something new every day, huh?

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Ryan May 20, 2019 - 10:02 am

They aren’t no fly zones. They are TFRs— Temporary Flight Restrictions. As long as you are talking to ATC you can buzz right through. It only goes from surface to 3000

SharonKurheg May 20, 2019 - 11:46 am

Thank-you. The video in the post explains that it’s actually TFRs. But more people are familiar with the term “No Fly Zone” so I used that in the narrative for simplification.


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