If you like planes and enjoy aviation, you have a few more months to experience this smaller Central Florida attraction before they close and become a private-event business. Fantasy of Flight, located in Polk County just west of Walt Disney World, will close to the public April 6. It has been open for 18 years, and will possibly make a return as an attraction, however, for now, it is closing to the public.
The $30 million attraction opened near Polk City in 1995 and is home to about 100 rare and vintage aircraft, some dating back to World War I. For many visitors, Fantasy of Flight is more like a museum. Many of the planes are from the private collection of Kermit Weeks, a pilot and aviation buff. He started moving the planes from South Florida after Hurricane Andrew hit there in 1992.
Attendance at this aviation-themed attraction has been low. Weeks stated, “We have a great product, but people have a misperception of what we offer.” He hopes to eventually open a bigger attraction under the same name at the same site. Until then, the main building will revert to a restoration and maintenance facility for the planes. Visitors that want to have their wedding, meeting or corporate event will still be accommodated.
Fantasy of Flight is open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 5pm. An adult (13+) ticket is $29.95 and a child (6-12) ticket is $15.95. Additional fees are required to experience the ropes course or zip line. If you’ve never experienced this smaller Central Florida attraction, be sure to go in the coming weeks before they close to the public. For more information go to their website: www.fantasyofflight.com.