Epcot Center Ultralight Flightpark

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Epcot Center Ultralight Flightpark
Epcot Center Ultralight Flightpark 1999.jpg
Epcot Center Ultralight Flightpark
November 1999
IATA: noneICAO: noneFAA LID: 44FD
Summary
Airport type Private
Owner Walt Disney World Company
Serves Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Elevation AMSL 102 ft / 31 m
Coordinates 28°21′11″N 081°32′49″W / 28.35306°N 81.54694°W / 28.35306; -81.54694
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
ALL/WAY 424 129 Turf
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Epcot Center Ultralight Flightpark (FAA LID: 44FD) was a private-use ultralight airport located in Osceola County, 13 nautical miles (24 km) northwest of the central business district of Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States. It was privately owned by the Walt Disney World Company,[1] and was used to launch aircraft used in the "Skylaidescope" and "Surprise in the Skys" shows at the Epcot theme park.

Although still listed active in FAA records as recently as September 2010,[1] this facility closed for theme park use in 1992, when Surprise in the Skys ended. The land sat unused for nearly 10 years, when it was cleared for the second phase of Disney's Pop Century Resort, named the Legendary Years. Construction on the hotel was stopped after the September 11 attacks caused tourism to drop off.

The former airport is now the site of Disney's Art of Animation Resort, which opened in May 2012.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Epcot Center Ultralight Flightpark had one circular runway designated "ALL/WAY" with a 424 x 424 ft (129 x 129 m) turf surface. There were 20 aircraft based at this airport: 50% single-engine and 50% ultralight.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for 44FD (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-04-10