They say money can’t buy happiness, but money can buy things which make us happy. This time Disney bought the law!
Since 2003, Disney has restricted its airspace over its Orlando Walt Disney World and CA based Disneyland. On the day of the Iraq War, President Bush and federal officials ordered the closing of airspace above Disney World, Disneyland and select other targets that may appeal to terrorists. Disney was granted security permitters that put it on par with Andrews Air-force Base, The Pentagon and the White House among many others.
Despite this being over 12 years ago, Disney still has kept a monopoly on its airspace. The Chicago Tribune cites, “The Disney no-fly zones–barring planes from going below 3,000 feet within 3 miles of the center of the parks–have proved effective against airborne advertisers who try to lure customers away from Disney to nightclubs and attractions. At their height, the Orlando air wars daily featured small planes towing banners, blimps and single-wing skywriters. Disney got what it wanted with only 65 highly technical words tucked into a 3,000-page spending bill approved by Congress this year. Not one of those words was Disney.”
What makes it even more ironic is that after intense lobbying in Chicago the FAA put a no fly zone over the Sears Towers (America’s Tallest Building) but then removed that a month later. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) were the primary party responsible for the Disney FAA amendment. Moral of the story, if you can’t write the law yourself, just pay Congress to do it.