An aerial drone that hovered a few feet above the heads of Disneyland visitors before crashing in Frontierland near the Mark Twain Riverboat dock has been turned over to police who are looking for the pilot.
The drone landed without incident on Sunday afternoon and did not impact theme park operations, according to Disneyland officials.
TikTok user Donovan Sanford posted a video of the drone hovering about 10 to 15 feet in the air above a Frontierland outdoor vending cart on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:20 p.m. Disneyland security officers watched over the drone after it “crashed” into a planter between the Golden Horseshoe restaurant and the Rivers of America, according to Donovan.
Anaheim Police officers removed the drone and are working to locate the owner, according to Disneyland officials.
Park rules prohibit the use of drones at the Disneyland resort.
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“Whoever was controlling the drone is not visible in the video and may not have even been inside the park,” according to WDW News Today.
The Federal Aviation Administration has rules about flying small unmanned aircraft over people that vary depending on the size and weight of the drone and the certification level of the pilot. The small drone that crashed at Disneyland appeared to be about the diameter of a basketball.
The airspace over Disney theme parks is typically restricted. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure 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.