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“Best experience in Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of Flight
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Polk City
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Owner description: Central Florida's premier aviation attraction. More than 100 rare vintage aircraft, themed immersion experiences, flight simulators, interactive exhibits, tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas, restoration and back lot tours and daily aerial demonstration (weather permitting). Audio tours, Biplane Rides are also available. Wing WalkAir A thrilling outdoor attraction featuring a 600-foot zip line suspended four stories above water and a three-level ropes course complete with 33 midair challenges to be performed while tethered to an overhead line at heights of up to 45 feet.
Stockbridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Best experience in Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Forget Disney and all those theme parks. I'm from the UK and whenever I'm in Florida I make a point of spending a day at Fantasy of Flight. A wonderful collection of aircraft and it's great to see them flying. Kermit makes a point of being involved with his visitors and last time I was there I was lucky enough to chat to him 'off stage'. What an interesting man with a genuine love of aircraft and flying.

Visited October 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“WOW ! This is the REAL DEAL museum !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

WOW ! WOW ! WOW ! I will say that backwards. WOW !

This is a WORLD CLASS museum. Along the lines of the Smithsonian Air and Space. The restorations are superb in their detail and workmanship. Many of the planes still and do fly regularly.

THe ground just sorta reek of old time aviation. From the water tower to the active maintenance hangar in the art deco style. Entire buildings are chick-a-block full of wood shops, propellors, and engines. One of the engines is evenfrom the largest plane in the world Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose.

The diamaramas and exhibits are very realistic, from the deck of an aircraft carrier to the trenches of WW I to the airfield of WW II.

Sorry I had not visited this sooner. I WILL be back, camera in hand.

Visited September 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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“What a exciting place to visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

What a surprise that this place exists....Wow a trip back in Flight Fantasy. If you like Airplanes. OMG this place will flip you out....So much to do and see..(a lot of hands) .See The WASP and Carrier Deck of the Corsair. See Rosie the show is a Riveting Experience. See how rivet saved the world...You can even board the B17 Flying Fortress. A Air show .Fun with flight room....you can fly a air ballon.....And then end you day with a great orange/vanilla ice cream cone....This attraction is a BIG WOW.....great for all ages to see and a lot of memories of good old days. It is a well worth trip....They have about 4 or 5 large hangers filled with memories....

Visited February 2013
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Penryn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Something for everybody... A great day out.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

I visited on 29 August with my 7 year old son who was not too keen, having been dragged through several previous aircraft museums in the UK.
What a refreshing change this was. The main field has authentic Art Deco style buildings and hangars with a wide range of aircraft from the standard to the extremely rarel. There were numerous interactive displays, cockpit sections available to enter, engines, cars, a real mix and match dating from around 1914 to 1950. There was a team of friendly, knowledgable and attentive staff on hand who clearly had a passion for their work.
There was a tram ride that took in the engine shed with over 300 aero engines in store, the live aircraft hangar across the field and also a pass of the restoration hangars.
There was a tram that took us to the storage facility where, without barriers we were able to rummage amongst a B17, B29, Catalina, P38, Kawasaki tony, A Zero, Dauntless, Tu2, Duck, Meteor, Swordfish, literally dozens of aircraft, components, engines and similar. I was in aircraft heaven.
We asked about the possibility of a visit to the aircraft restoration hangars and were told that there was none scheduled. 20 minutes later we were told that due to demand, one was now to take place. Fantastic customer service.
There was a restaurant, loosely styled on the 1920's serving burger type food of good quality and very good prices. Kermit Weekes, the owner was even having lunch.
Mr Weekes , in the afternoon demonstrated an aircraft and then gave a brief talk before answering questions, posing for photographs and then signing books. Simply nothing appeared too much trouble.
I have visited all major aircraft museums in the UK and many of the smaller ones. I have never seen a museum on this scale that was so helpful, accommodating or so downright nice in their approach to their visitors.
Special thanks to Garry, who was the perfect host and also facilitated the restoration hangar visit, Joseph who gave a superb aircraft engine tour, detailing development through rotary to radial and inline to gas turbine in lay mans language and finally to Mr Weekes who makes it all possible. Rating... 11/10! My son, Matt is now an aviation fan.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good place to visit, a nice break from the Orlando attractions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

Stopped here for half a day on the drive between Orlando and the gulf coat. It was actually a much better attraction than we expected although quite pricey for the length of time that we spent there. We could have stayed longer but I'm not sure that there would have been a great deal more for us to do or see.

The exhibits were good and my son enjoyed the world war exhibits and the simulators in the main attraction and the kids area. If there was a downside it would be the introduction to the flying demo which was quite a lengthy speech in the middle of the day with little shade or seating, which made it quite uncomfortable. The fly past was good though as was the opportunity to take photo's afterwards. The staff were friendly and fun in their 'period' outfits as they did the tours - a nice touch.

The food in the restaurant was good as was the service and reasonably priced, though seating was limited.

Visited August 2013
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