Walt Disney World Airport
|Walt Disney World Airport|
|IATA: DWS – ICAO: none|
|Owner||Walt Disney Company|
|Location||Bay Lake, Florida|
|2,000 x 100||609.6 x 30.5||asphalt|
Walt Disney World Airport, also known as Lake Buena Vista Airport and Lake Buena Vista STOLport, (IATA: DWS) is a former private-use airport owned by the Walt Disney Company, located within Walt Disney World, just east of Walt Disney World Speedway, in Bay Lake in Orange County, Florida, United States. It is currently not registered as an active airport by the FAA or ICAO.
Lake Buena Vista Airport was built in 1971 to serve as a private STOL airfield for Walt Disney World guests and employees, with scheduled passenger service to Orlando Jetport at McCoy provided by Shawnee Airlines, using de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. The airport was never large, with only enough space to accommodate four aircraft at a time; no hangar space was ever built, it was Intended as a proof-of-concept for a planned, but ultimately rejected vision for a larger, full-service airport within Walt Disney World itself . All passenger service was discontinued by the 1980s, largely due to extensions of the Walt Disney World Monorail System on either side. As of 2009, flight operations are prohibited by a no-fly zone in place since 2003; however, the runway is fully intact and may be visible to motorists traveling along World Drive toward the Transportation and Ticket Center, as well as by passengers on the monorail.
There has been no scheduled or unscheduled commercial service to this airport since the early 1980s, despite being listed in the airport databases of airlines such as Allegiant Air . The next nearest airport, Kissimmee Gateway Airport, briefly offered passenger service through the now defunct DayJet; currently, most Walt Disney World guests arrive through Orlando International Airport and Orlando Sanford International Airport.
- DWS at Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
- "The short, short life of Disney World's STOLport", Jim Hill
- Yesterland: This Week at Walt Disney World, Summer 1972
- DWS on WikiMapia
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