There was a show at Epcot called "Skyleidoscope" which involved ultra lights and even the Dream Finder blimp. I've been told there were other shows that used this area for take off and landing and that the whole thing was shut down after a fatal accident.
The shape of what is know called "Hour Glass Lake" has changed since then as well so it's hard for me to find a matching satellite picture from today... actually, if you look at Google maps and zoom out far enough you will see the shape of the surrounding water change because they use an older photo for the long range image. I took many different layers from the USGS and as near as I can tell this is where it was...
The Ultra Light Park in 1999:
Zoomed out in Google maps we see the shape of the lake in 1999:
Zoomed in, in Google maps we see the new shape appear in the same area 2011:
Here is the park 1995:
Using layers in PhotoShop aligned with land marks here is where the park is now:
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Re: What used to be where Art of Animation is now?
11 months 3 weeks ago #35936
I remember hearing and seeing signs backstage at Epcot for the STOL landing area. I always assumed it was in the backstage area for executives from California to land in private and on property. Guess I was wrong!