Lonely Planet Writer

See these spectacular aerial images of Disneyland theme parks from above

Stunning aerial images have revealed an Aladdin’s magic-carpet-eye-view of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.

Disney California Adventure Park. ANAHEIM, USA: Image by Jeffrey Milstein
Disney California Adventure Park. ANAHEIM, USA: Image by Jeffrey Milstein

The spectacular pictures from above show crowds of holiday-makers visiting Disneyland, including the iconic Disneyland Castle, central plaza and Storybook Land. Other amazing snaps show Disney California Adventure Park illuminated at night by all the rides and attractions.

Disneyland. ANAHEIM, USA: Image by Jeffrey Milstein
Disneyland. ANAHEIM, USA: Image by Jeffrey Milstein

The bird’s eye view photographs were taken by New York-based photographer Jeffrey Milstein, from Los Angeles, as he flew over the resorts in Anaheim, California, in a helicopter. “I have primarily been shooting the manmade landscape from the air for the past six years,” he said. “As a former architect with an interest in graphic design, I look for dramatic light and patterns and geometry that make a well balanced and pleasing classical composition, while at the same time looking for pictures that show us something about our culture.

“I have a helicopter with the door off and I have the pilot make steep turns so I can lean out and shoot straight down.

“It’s exciting and you see things you would never get to see and get to take pictures to show other people new things.”

Disneyland Central Plaza. Image by Jeffrey Milstein.
Disneyland Central Plaza. Image by Jeffrey Milstein.

Disney has the only private (non-government) restricted fly-over zone in the USA. The theme parks have the same protection as the White House, the Kennedy Space Center, and sporting events when it comes to restricted air space. The theme parks received the flight-restriction status after 9/11 and the ban includes unmanned devices such as drones. Nothing can fly below 3000 feet within three miles of the theme parks.

Disneyland Storybook Land. ANAHEIM, USA: Image by Jeffrey Milstein
Disneyland Storybook Land. ANAHEIM, USA: Image by Jeffrey Milstein

Mr Milstein, who used a Phase One IQ3 100-megapixel camera and Sony A7r2 to take the images, explained the challenges of photographing Disney from above. “Disney has a 3000ft restriction, but there was also an ATC getting the pilot to make steep enough turns as it’s a little stressful and the wind makes my eyes tear up so sometimes I can’t see through the viewfinder.”

(Media Drum World)