Most People Don’t Know There’s A Singing Runway Hidden Deep Within The South
Most people have no idea that there’s a unique musical runway in the south. Or that it has a magical history.
The runway is located in Orlando, Florida. Yep, you guessed it: this peculiar landing strip is all Disney’s doing. It was built in the early 1970s in order to allow planes to fly directly between central Florida international airports and the Magic Kingdom.
Of course, Disney wanted the enchantment of the park to begin as soon as guests touched down. That’s why they built a unique feature into the tarmac – a series of grooves that play “When You Wish Upon a Star” when driven over at about 50 mph. When planes would land on this special runway, the air would be filled with music and passengers would be charmed.
Flights to the runway (formally known as the Lake Buena Vista STOL Port runway) were eventually discontinued. Today the runway and surrounding land are used as a storage and staging area by the park.
You can actually visit this spot pretty easily by turning right under the monorail before entering he Magic Kingdom parking area, but don’t expect to coax the music out of the runway with your car. The area is normally too crowded with vehicles and storage units to afford driving at the speeds required to hear the tune.
Check out the video below from YouTube channel “adamthewoo” for an inside look at this abandoned bit of Disney history.