Fantasy of Flight, the attraction at Polk City off I-4, is closing its main facilities after 18 years of service. It is another of the “real things” attractions that haven’t been able to attract enough business from the gigantic “fantasy” parks at nearby Orlando..
Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks noted, “We have a great product, but people have a mis-perception of what we offer.”
Fantasy of Flights has one of the world’s greatest collections of authentic airplanes, dating from the beginnings of the twentieth century. The airplanes are presented in realistic scenes and visitors can take rides in some airplanes at added costs.
Fortunately for airplane loves, the center will continue to be a restoration and maintenance facility for amazing historical aircraft. The reputation of the site with its airfield facilities will also mean there will be gatherings of old planes and special events.
Mr. Weeks plans to reopen the facility in a reduced capacity, probably with an emphasis on the aircraft collections and the rides. As a niche site with a smaller staff, a new Fantasy of Flight will hopefully emerge.