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Central Florida Attraction Closing: Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of Flight

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.

At this time, this Central Florida attraction remains closed 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.

Spotlight: Fantasy of Flight

This attraction is now closed to the public. However, private events, weddings and other special events can be booked. Read more about its closing on this post.

About 35 miles from the Orlando area, located in Polk City is “an attraction of a higher plane.”  Fantasy of Flight is a tribute to aviation that the entire family can enjoy.  What makes this different than some aviation museums is that there are over 40 rare and vintage air crafts, and most of them are restored to the point that they can actually fly.  The interactive Fun with Flight area has a variety of unique experiences such as a state-of-the-art hang gliding simulator.  You can also climb aboard an authentic B-17 Flying Fortress and check out P51 Mustangs, a B-24 Liberator, B-26 Marauder and more!   There is also an inspiring multi-media exhibit based on the courage of the Tuskegee Airmen, African American pilots who fought during World War II.  Another multi-media tribute honors Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP); these courageous women left their homes and families at the height of World War II to serve as the first women to fly for the U.S. military.  Another unique feature is the real restoration tour, where you can get an insider’s view of what it takes to restore these priceless air crafts.

The passionate founder of this attraction, Kermit Weeks, is an expert pilot.  He actually learned to fly as a teenager and started building his first aircraft at 17.  He earned his aeronautical engineering degree and built his own aerobatic airplane and qualified for the U.S. Aerobatics team.  He has won many flying competitions and has earned 20 medals in World Aerobatics Championship competitions.  He has always been fascinated by flight and wants to share his love of aviation with the entire world.  You may even be lucky enough to see this world-renowned pilot fly during your visit!  There are aerial demonstrations (when weather permits) and Kermit often performs these demonstrations himself.

Check the website for the many events that are held at Fantasy of Flight.  Just to mention a few, there’s the annual Roar N’ Soar, which showcases the world’s best classic air, land and sea racing machines ever built.  Also held here are the World Cup Paintball Tournament, aviation camps, and Triumph over Tragedy, Airmen in Captivity: The POW Experience.  And, you can explore the unexplained on the nightFlight, an active, professional paranormal investigation led by Apollo Paranormal Investigations.  There is something interesting for everyone, and if you’re not an aviation enthusiast before visiting Fantasy of Flight, you may just be one once you’ve visited!

For more information about Fantasy of Flight, visit their web site. Feel free to leave a response below about your visit to the Fantasy of Flight and share your tips and experience!