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Are you allowed to fly a drone on Disney Property?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Norm Rechtman, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Norm Rechtman

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    i was wondering if I could fly near my hotel which is on Disney property, not the parks.
     
  2. LuvMyTJ

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    Hello,
    It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Phantom Pilots forum. I hope that you will take advantage of the benefits that come with membership and that you will be able to use the forum for the exchange of innovative ideas and as a resource for current developments in Phantom quadcopter’s.

    Disney has been deemed a no fly zone by the FAA which makes sense. The FAA classifies it as "national defense airspace." The TFR includes the Magic Kingdom, parts of Epcot, and several nearby hotels. In October 2014, Disney's TFR was updated to specifically prohibit "unmanned and remote controlled aircraft." Violators who intentionally enter the restricted airspace can be fined and sentenced to prison for up to a year. I wouldn't risk it myself.

    News Story - Unauthorized drone flies over Disney, Universal

    Have a look at this link - Know Before You Fly

    Enjoy your new quad and fly safe!
     
  3. Buckaye

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    No- all of Disney property is a no fly zone from what I understand... and Disney security is always present.
     
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  5. Skywalker

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    Dunno. Good question. Let us know what they say.
     
  6. WetDog

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    There is something just wrong about Disneyland being 'National Defense Airspace'. I understand the thinking, but it's just an ironic reflection of the world today. I don't think Walt would have ever envisioned this....
     
  7. EnterLeftDownwind

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    Disney lobbied Congress for decades to get a flight restriction over their parks in CA and FL. They didn't like the banner towing operations. I'm sure some congresscritter finally got their pockets lined enough to implement the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR), that ironically enough has an ending date of "permanent," into one of their spending bills.

    Those TFRs were included in a congressional mandate, giving the FAA no choice but to implement it. I don't know of any other company that has their own TFR. Fortunately, there's been some talk of reversing the congressional mandate and I don't believe the FAA has intended to keep the TFR if it is revoked.

    Unfortunately, until that TFR is lifted, there's a TFR in effect that prohibits all flight operations (including our quads/drones) within a 3NM radius of the center of the park and below 3,000 ft. AGL.

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  8. Norm Rechtman

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    Thanks for the warning, I wasn't aware of the restriction.
     
  9. WetDog

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    Ah interesting. That's even more ironic since Disney has all manner of things flying / exploding / running about and in general trying to grab the eyeballs of the patrons. I guess they don't like competition.
     
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    There is an interesting thing with that happening right now. Disney wants to fly it's own UAV's inside the property so it would be within the FAA TFR. If this is allowed it is not fair to all others and they would be getting 'special treatment'. Take a look at Peter Sachs Tweet - Peter Sachs, Esq. on Twitter
     
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    Doesn't surprise me. Disney wants special treatment on pretty much anything they can get away with.
     
  12. EnterLeftDownwind

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    All TFRs typically have exceptions. Aerial firefighting TFRs obviously allow firefighting aircraft. VIP TFRs typically allow air carriers and GA aircraft on flight plans and with special security requirements. Disaster TFRs typically allow relief aircraft. Etc. etc.

    Not really surprising or out of the realm of possibility that Disney would petition to use their own aircraft within a TFR built for them.

    I just hope one day Congress repeals the Disney TFR mandate. Giving special treatment to corporations regarding national airspace is outrageous, IMO.