I've attempted it many times, spotting a thrill park from the window of my plane. Flying into Orlando, and across country, I had always hoped to spot one, but I have never been successful. The only time I've spotted a structure to a theme park was flying out of Orlando 3 years ago, I swear I saw Disney's Contemporary Resort. Other than that though, I've never spotted a park from the sky? Has anybody on the boards done so?
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According to the Disney World Explorer, pilots can see Spaceship Earth on a clear day. Thats all I know. ------------------ "Please stand behind the yellow line as the gates in front of you will be closing" Clear for launch............. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! *** This post was edited by SFGAMan 6/18/2003 6:13:21 PM ***
I've spotted Astroworld and SFStL from the air before. Both times it felt kind of bizarre, because it wasn't that different from trying to find parks by scanning the aerial photos on mapquest or globexplorer.com. The tip-off is the same every time - look for a huge parking lot.
I've seen SFStL flying into St Louis before. I've also seen Dorney when flying out of Wilkes Barre. Sometimes I wish the captains would let us know where we're flying over so I would know what to look for. Oh well, guess they're too busy flying the plane to worry about it. :)
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When I flew from Madison to Cleveland for SRM '01 I could easily pick out Cedar Point from the plane, but the only think I could really make out (besides the parking lot and such) was Millennium Force. That was impressive.
The last time I flew out of Atlanta to Columbus, I was on the right side of the plane as it did a 90-degree banked turn right around SFoG. I got to stare at it for a good 2 minutes, long enough to pick out all the coasters.
I'll be flying into Detroit here in a couple of weeks, so hopefully I'll be able to see CP.
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I see Six Flags Great America just about everytime I fly out of Milwaukee, unless I am flying Northwest through Detroit. I have seen the lights of Cedar Point on approach to Detroit a few times flying back from Tampa. I have also seen PKI and SFKK from a plane as well. I have tried looking for the parks from the plane leaving from Orlando but they always seem to take off towards the south and land from the south and wheel around almost out to the gulf.
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