Take an Aerial Tour of Empty Walt Disney World with These New Images!

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Walt Disney World Empty

Credit: Jonathan Michael Salazar

As the theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort sit closed, the only question that comes second to “When will they reopen?” is “What do the parks look like empty?”

Here at Inside the Magic, we’ve endeavored to show you a new side of the Most Magical Place on Earth and give you a glimpse of the parks the way most guests never see it. One adventurous pilot and photographer Jonathan Michael Salazar has given us a flying elephant’s eye view of an empty Walt Disney World and has delivered some jaw-dropping pictures. Thank you Jonathan for sending us the images!

So let’s go in and take a look!

Walt Disney World Entrance
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Aerial View of Empty Magic Kingdom

Starting with the first and still flagship Walt Disney World theme park, Salazar takes us over the Magic Kingdom, showing us Cinderella Castle standing before an empty Main Street with construction cranes nestled around her. We see New Fantasyland, Tomorrowland with the TRON Lightcycle Power/Run coaster under construction, and we see the Transportation and Ticket Center empty of guests, monorails, ferry boats, and cars.

Magic Kingdom
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Magic Kingdom
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Magic Kingdom
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Magic Kingdom
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Aerial View of Empty EPCOT

Then we flew over EPCOT, and we got a brilliant view of the construction happening there in Future World and the main entrance. Walt Disney World’s largest parking lot sits eerily empty and the monorail track stands unused.

EPCOT
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EPCOT
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EPCOT
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EPCOT
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Aerial View of Empty Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Moving on to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we look in on Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd., and Echo Lake, as well as Toy Story Land, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Aerial View of Empty Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We then head for Disney World’s largest theme park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We get a bird’s eye view of The Tree of Life, Pandora: The World of Avatar, Expedition Everest, and the Harambe Wildlife Preserve.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Disney's Animal Kingdom
Credit: Jonathan Michael Salazar
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Credit: Jonathan Michael Salazar

Aerial View of Empty Disney Water Parks

Now, let’s go to the water parks. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach are two of the best water parks in the state of Florida, and each offers a totally different experience. If you’ve never been to a Disney World water park, you can tell the dissonance simply by these pictures here.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
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Disney's Blizzard Beach
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Aerial View of Empty Disney Springs

Now on to Disney Springs for some shopping and dining.

Disney Springs
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Disney Springs
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Disney Springs
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Aerial View of Empty Disney World Resort Hotels

Last but not least, we check out the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, sitting proudly yet empty.

Disney's Contemporary Resort
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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
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Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
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Disney's Swan and Dolphin Hotels
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Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
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Bonus: Star Wars: Intergalactic Starcruiser Under Construction

Star wars: Intergalactic Starcruiser Hotel Experience
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As of May 4, 2020, there is still no reopening date set for Walt Disney World. However, plans are beginning to be set into motion for the reopening of Disney Springs at some level of capacity.

Solar Panel Mickey Ears
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