Walt Disney World has closed its doors in response to the novel coronavirus. This marks the first non-weather related closure of the parks since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, and the longest continuous closure of the parks in their history.
It’s rare to see the Magic Kingdom bereft of people, even after closure, as the park is usually bustling with guests or staff at all hours. Today, WKMG-TV/Click Orlando in Orlando, gave us a rare look at what the park looks like without guests… and it’s definitely eerie.
These aerial photos are a particular rarity because flying less than 3000 feet (0.91 km) over Walt Disney World is normally forbidden, thanks to the No Fly Zone in effect over the area. WKMG-TV had to get special permission to take these shots, which were streamed on Facebook Live earlier today.
The entrance to the park, normally filled with massive crowds, is nearly empty.
Main Street USA looks similarly deserted, though it is a rare chance to see the rooftops of the buildings here. Most buildings at Disney World only maintain their facades from guest level, switching to a more utilitarian look when viewed from above or behind.
As the chopper approaches Castle Plaza, it’s clear just how empty the park actually is. This is usually the busiest area of the entire park, as the main thoroughfare between the various lands. The fact a maintenance truck can drive through the normally packed streets is astounding.
Of course, this also means the Magic Kingdom isn’t entirely deserted. Disney has a skeleton crew of workers to keep the park maintained, as well as to continue on certain construction and renovation projects. However, due to advisories restricting larger gatherings, work on some more intensive projects has been slowed or halted. We spotted workers testing the Casey Jr play area in Storybook Circus and doing renovations outside the main entrance, but work on the castle seems to have slowed for now.
Other popular areas of the park seem almost unrecognizable.
Stay tuned to All Ears for more updates on this situation as it develops.
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