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Fantasy of Flight Takes a Bold Next Step on Its Journey
POLK CITY, FL (March 4, 2014)
Fantasy of Flight owner, Kermit Weeks, announced today
that effective Sunday, April 6, the attraction will be closing its doors as a public attraction and
will focus on its private event business and the design and development of a new future
destination attraction. “Although we are located just 20 minutes west of Walt Disney World,
we’re currently outside the center of mass tourism and not perceived of as a destination. We have
a great product, but people have a misperception of what we offer,” said Weeks. “After 18 years
of being in operation, it’s time we close the attraction and move forward toward creating the
vision for what I know Fantasy of Flight can become,” Weeks told employees today.
Fantasy of Flight will close the daily attraction and focus on its successful events
business. It will also turn the facility into what it was originally designed for, which is a
restoration and maintenance facility that will be needed to build future attraction elements. For
those who wish to enjoy the historical aspects of aircraft, plans are to open an aspect of the
collection in a reduced capacity and admission price later this year.
While saddened that closing the attraction will necessitate a reduction in workforce,
Weeks is optimistic that his long-term vision and future product will mean far more jobs and
greater impact to Polk County. “We have great employees,” said Weeks, “and will be working
with several local, state and private agencies in the upcoming weeks in order to offer our
employees assistance and training for the transition.” An event-focused staff will be retained as
the facility continues to host weddings, meetings and corporate events, including team building
and birthday parties via the Wing Walk Air Confidence Course & Zip Line.
Weeks assured, “This isn’t the end of Fantasy of Flight, it’s just the next step on the
company’s journey to become what it was always meant to be – a quality attraction that uses
entertainment as a means to an end for self-discovery and self-transformation. Think of this as a
caterpillar going into its cocoon. We expect to re-emerge as a brand-new butterfly!”
Groups that are currently booked for admittance to the attraction after April 6 will be
issued refunds (including deposits). Groups currently contracted for Wing Walk Air only and/or
private events will not be affected by these changes. Annual pass holders will receive a pro-rated
refund based on the date of purchase, and refund checks will be mailed to the pass holder’s
address on file via USPS beginning April 8. If you are an annual pass holder with questions or to
update your mailing address, please contact Brittani Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Fantasy of Flight – Fantasy of Flight is the world’s premier aviation-themed attraction showcasing
vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection featuring themed immersion experiences,
interactive exhibits, tours of aircraft maintenance and restoration areas, and the world’s only Aerial
Demonstration of the Day featuring a vintage plane (weather permitting). Guests can also dine in the Art-
Deco themed Compass Rose Dining Experience, browse through the gift shop, or push their boundaries on
the Wing WalkAir Confidence Course & Zip Line. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursdays through
Sundays. For more information about Fantasy of Flight or for hours of operations, event schedules and
admission prices visit www.fantasyofflight.com or call 863-984-3500.