About 2 weeks ago, we spotted a helicopter flying low over all four Walt Disney World theme parks, possibly 3D mapping the empty parks.
Now, it looks like Disney will be 3D mapping the Disneyland Resort theme parks on Monday, June 29th. According to a tweet from @MagicAndWalnut, Disney sent out an email to notify neighbors of the resort that a helicopter will be flying around the resort, sometimes as low as 500′ (the same height we spotted it flying over Walt Disney World at). The email contained similar verbiage as an advisory sent out at Walt Disney World too.
According to the email, the flight will take place between 10am and 4pm. Due to the smaller size of the Disneyland Resort, it looks like it will be able to be completed in a single day.
From what we can tell, Disney has been using a LiDAR setup to 3D map their empty theme parks, possibly for a future project or projects.
We spotted the helicopter flying over the Walt Disney World theme parks in a grid pattern earlier this month. Here’s a look at the mapped path over Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Here’s a look at what’s possible with a LiDAR setup.
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