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Disney will fly a helicopter a few hundred feet above the deserted walkways and vacant promenades of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to collect aerial footage during the coronavirus closures of the Anaheim theme parks.

Aerial views captured during a helicopter flyover on Monday, June 29 of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are being collected for future use, according to Disneyland officials.

The helicopter will fly as low as 500 feet over the Disney theme parks between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, according to an email sent by Disneyland to area Anaheim residents.

“A helicopter will fly over the Disneyland Resort to collect footage for future use,” according to the Disneyland notice. “You may hear or see the helicopter as it flies overhead, sometimes at heights as low as 500 feet.”

That’s just a few hundred feet above the 77-foot-tall Sleeping Beauty Castle, 87-foot-tall Splash Mountain and 147-foot-tall Matterhorn Bobsleds. Disneyland did not specify how the aerial footage would be used.

“We’re very curious about what this flight could be for,” according to MiceChat. “We’re hoping there’s a special video coming soon.”

Walt Disney World performed similar helicopter flyovers of its four Florida theme parks in mid-June, according to WDW News Today.

A helicopter flew over Disney World theme parks in a grid pattern using a Lidar laser scan capable of making 3-D maps of the empty parks, according to Blog Mickey, a Disney parks news website.

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Eerie aerial videos and photos shot by unauthorized helicopter pilots showing a Disneyland ‘ghost town’ with all its rides and attractions closed have become fairly common sights during the coronavirus lockdown.

The airspace over Disney theme parks is typically restricted. The Anaheim theme parks have the same restricted airspace protections as the White House, major U.S. landmarks and sporting events. No-fly zone designations prohibit aircraft from flying below 3,000 feet and within 3 miles of Disney theme parks in the United States.

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A military flyover took place above New York City Saturday as part of July 4th celebrations.

The military aircraft flew 1,000 feet above the New York City skyline at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The aircraft flew from the north along the Huson River, over the George Washington Bridge, south to the Statue of Liberty, and then towards the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

The flyover consisted of five waves, spaced out by 15 seconds, and included groups of U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, B-1, B-52, and B-2 bombers, Air Force F-15 fighters, Air Force F-22 fighters, and Marine Corps F-35s.

The aircraft made their way their way down the eastern seaboard to participate in a separate flyover above the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

It's part of an event organized by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior called "Salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution" and will also include flyovers above Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

The U.S. Department of Defense said the flyovers provide an opportunity for the department to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces.

The event involved 1,700 service members.

The Defense Department says the costs are all being absorbed by training hours since the pilots and aircraft would be flying anyway.

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