Drone pilot received tresspassing warning for trying to get photos of Disney World

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Looks like Dumbo and Peter Pan are not the only ones flying in the sky above Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Last month, Disney security observed a drone the size of a frisbee flying within 100 feet of Cinderella Castle. It surprised the Disney workers when they witnessed an unauthorized drone passing through Walt Disney World Resort. The incident happened on May 20th, 2020.

According to the incident report, the man who owned the drone was issued a trespass warning. An off-duty Orange County deputy found the 40-year old Minneola man piloting the drone from the parking lot of an apartment complex. The name of the drone pilot has not been released since he wasn’t charged with a crime. Several sheriffs cars arrived on the scene when they found the drone pilot near Reams Road. He didn’t live at the apartment complex, but he traveled there so he could get close enough to pilot his drone. The man thought there would be no harm in him filming. Since then, he deleted the footage he filmed and apologized for his actions.

“I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong,” he said. “I don’t want to get into more trouble with Disney.”

Walt Disney World Resort does not permit unauthorized drones, and the FAA authorizes a no-fly zone for the property. The good news is that no harm came from this incident, but it is a reminder that Disney security is looking out for the safety of guests on the resort premises.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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