March 19, 2015. It is well-documented that Walt Disney World is a no-fly zone.
So when the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron -- commonly called the Blue Angels -- made an arranged flyover of Magic Kingdom Thursday, it made for an exciting (yet very brief) viewing experience.
"Disney is all about magic, but this is something truly magical that doesn't happen every day," said Bridget VanFleet of Houston.
The Blue Angels flew the squadron's six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation two times above the theme park Thursday, first flying in a Delta Formation south to north before turning around and flying north to south toward the park's entrance.
Both paths took the squadron over Cinderella Castle and down Main Street, U.S.A., two iconic centerpieces of Magic Kingdom.
The event was part of an internal team photo shoot for the Blue Angels. The squadron also made a flyover at Bay Hill Club and Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational en route to the Melbourne Air and Space Show, where they will be performing at the Melbourne International Airport March 21-22.
The Magic Kingdom flyover was scheduled between 9:30 and 10 a.m., with the first flyby happening around 9:40. A few minutes later, the squadron returned, using Cinderella Castle as the backdrop to their flight demonstration.
VanFleet last saw the Blue Angels perform 20 years ago at Houston's Ellington Airport. She learned of the Magic Kingdom flyover after a friend posted it to her Facebook page.
She knew she had to experience it again, this time, with her kids in tow.
"It was a special moment," she said.