The Theme Park University website suggests, “Next time you are at an Orlando theme park, look at the roofs of nearly every building. Lightning rods dot the rooftops of nearly every single building in Orlando theme parks. Many of the air terminals are cleverly disguised as part of the building’s theme. For example, atop the Crossroads of the World at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the ear of a giant Mickey Mouse statue is made of copper and acts as a strike termination device.
Is lightning protection really required? Take a look at this video from a theme park and decide for yourself.
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