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ccw
03-31-2006, 05:10 AM
We were at OKW in Bldg 56 from this past Sunday til Wednesday and I noticed helicopters flying over us just about all day (or at least the hours we were at the resort!) There were LOTS of them. My husband said he read that they were shuttling golfers to and from a tournament being held close by and maybe that's what they were...anybody else notice them and know for sure what was going on?

Doctor P
03-31-2006, 05:19 AM
I suspect that that is incorrect. We were told by a reliable source when we noticed the helicopters on our last trip that there are a number of helicopter tour companies in the area that fly around WDW all day and that it has become quite distracting.

CapeCodFam
03-31-2006, 05:25 AM
I also noticed quite a few helicopters while lounging at the BWV quiet pool everyday. ......

greenban
03-31-2006, 06:22 AM
FWIW:

Actually I have seen many unmarked Black Helicopters at all of our trips to the World. Also, where the FLEER (FLIR) module would be, at the belly of the 'copter, is some type of sub-audible disrupter projector! Supposidly the FAA is investigating. :teeth:

Rumor is that it alternates with playing, "It's a small world.....", and "You will buy Mickey Bars!"

I have also heard that they have nothing to do with the frequent UFO activity over Cindy's Castle!

-Tony

n2mm
03-31-2006, 06:45 AM
I remember one day this past week the Prez was scheduled to visit Orlando again according to the news. Maybe it was secret service.

1000th happy haunt
03-31-2006, 10:51 AM
I thought WDW was a "no fly" zone.

Doctor P
03-31-2006, 11:06 AM
They really skirt the property--don't make a direct fly over from what I have seen (though it sometimes appears that they are if you don't watch closely).

MinnieGirl33
03-31-2006, 11:09 AM
We were told by a reliable source when we noticed the helicopters on our last trip that there are a number of helicopter tour companies in the area that fly around WDW all day and that it has become quite distracting.

I was under the impression that (particularly since 9/11) WDW was a "no fly zone" for outsiders :confused:

KLEONARD
03-31-2006, 11:09 AM
I heard it is the new "express air shuttle" that wisks members from SSR to EPCOT. It is still in the testing phase, so no official announcements, yet.

Well it is almost April 1st (April fools day).

MinnieGirl33
03-31-2006, 11:10 AM
Maybe has to do with the chunks of land that are being / have been recently sold on the edges of the property???

childsplay
03-31-2006, 11:15 AM
I was under the impression that (particularly since 9/11) WDW was a "no fly zone" for outsiders :confused:

I might be off on this one, but I thought that was for the parks only, not the entire property owned by Disney, meaning they can't fly directly over the MK.

I too noticed and increased amount of helicopter traffic last summer on days we spent at the pool...I just thought that was more people doing the helicopter tours as travel to the Orlando area picked up again.

Pluto4Pres
03-31-2006, 12:15 PM
FWIW:

Actually I have seen many unmarked Black Helicopters at all of our trips to the World. Also, where the FLEER (FLIR) module would be, at the belly of the 'copter, is some type of sub-audible disrupter projector! Supposidly the FAA is investigating. :teeth:

Rumor is that it alternates with playing, "It's a small world.....", and "You will buy Mickey Bars!"

I have also heard that they have nothing to do with the frequent UFO activity over Cindy's Castle!

-Tony

Hmmm... :idea: A new business opportunity - a tinfoil hat stand!! :crazy:

1000th happy haunt
03-31-2006, 02:43 PM
I found this description (http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2003/030511-disney01.htm) of Disney's no fly zones:

Security experts say such no-fly zones -- barring planes from flying below 3,000 feet within 3 miles of the center of the parks -- provide little actual protection from terrorism. The job of enforcing the zones is especially difficult above places such as Disneyland and Walt Disney World, where Cinderella Castle is located near busy airports, they say.

laceemouse
03-31-2006, 03:21 PM
A tinfoil hat stand.....HAAAAAA! ROTFL :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

ryanmilla
03-31-2006, 03:42 PM
Sorry everyone for the confusion. I bought these park hopper tickets and am trying to see how many parks I can get in in a day. The heli really helps me get from park to park pretty quickly.

However, the CMs get a little miffed when I drop in right at the Land entrance at 9am to beat the crowds to Soarin' :rotfl2:

corinnak
03-31-2006, 06:05 PM
Just speculation here:

The only time I noticed helicopters on my trip the second week in March was the day I spent at Typhoon Lagoon - I assumed they were circling TL for possibly safety reasons? Arial lifeguards? Darn it - I should have asked someone about it......

Anyhow, they weren't a constant presence, but I did notice them going over about 4 or 5 times in the time we were there. Being that OKW is kind of near to TL, I suppose they might fly over it to turn around, IF in fact they are associated with TL.

Rappelling into Epcot via helicopter - clever plan. Except how would you get your park pass in the system for fastpasses? :lmao:

manning
03-31-2006, 06:51 PM
I too noticed and increased amount of helicopter traffic last summer on days we spent at the pool...I just thought that was more people doing the helicopter tours as travel to the Orlando area picked up again.

Forgot your swim suit??? :rolleyes1