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Disney to capture aerial footage of empty Disneyland. Here’s why

Helicopter footage will capture the park

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In this photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. The coronavirus is hitting California’s most famous tourist sites hard. From Disneyland to Yosemite National Park, the Golden State’s iconic destinations are closed or shuttering amenities to prevent the spread of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif.

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

Disney will fly a helicopter over vacant areas of Disneyland and Disney California Adventureso it can grab footage of the park as it remains closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s happening:

  • Multiple reports — including ones from The OC Registerand East Bay Times — suggest Disneyland will be flying a helicopter over its park. The helicopter will capture footage for future use.
  • The flight took place between between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday
  • The helicopter dropped as low as 500 feet, according to the reports.
  • It’s unclear why the footage is being taken
  • MiceChat said: “We’re very curious about what this flight could be for. We’re hoping there’s a special video coming soon.”

Why it it happening?

This has happened before

  • According to WDW News Today, Walt Disney World performed flyovers to capture footage of the empty park, too.

More footage

  • The OC Register captured footage of Disneyland from a helicopter back in May. The footage showed more of Orange County, California, with few people outside at theme parks, too.
  • The OC Register said: “The last few months have turned Orange County into a weird combination of major metropolis and ghost town. But, as the county inches closer to opening back up, traffic will increase and parking lots will start to fill up again.”