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Fantasy of Flight Reopens Plus Other Museum-like Discounts

Between Orlando and Tampa is a museum created especially for plane-lovers and those who are interested in all things flight related. Some Florida residents and tourists were lucky enough to see the Central Florida museum prior to the closing last year in April. Fantasy of Flight is now back open, albeit a smaller attraction.

Gone are several of the fun things to do (especially for the young ones), such as the ropes course and immersion environments. Also kept on hold are the restoration tours, aircraft-of-the-day events and the restaurant. The attraction now consists of what most true museums feature and that is a display. In this case, some of a plane enthusiasts favorite aircraft, including the 1945 North American P-51D Mustang, 1944 B-24J Liberator and 1945 Grumman Duck.

If you want to go for a bi-plane ride, Waldo Wrights Flying Service will be offering flights for an additional fee. A Boeing Stearman PT-17/N2S-3 will provide rides between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended, and the cost will run around $239 for approximately 30 minutes for a non-aerobatic flight. Be sure to have your photo taken as it can be a great souvenir or Facebook profile picture! Take your camera with you on the flight, but make sure it has a strap!

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Thrilling rides are available for an additional cost.

Fantasy of Flight’s general admission rate is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and over) and $8 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. It is located off I-4 exit 44. For more information, go to www.fantasyofflight.comORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Be sure to call their number (863) 984-3500 prior to driving out to see the museum. Operating hours and dates are subject to change. Currently the museum will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday on these dates:

  • January 30th – April 26th (excluding April 11th for a private event)
  • June 19th – August 2nd
  • November 20th – April 10th, 2016

Florida Resident Discount at WonderWorks

WonderWorks BuildingAnother museum-like attraction open year-round on International Drive in Orlando is offering a discount to Florida residents. Through the month of February, just say “locals save” and with proof of residency, your admission will be lowered Sunday through Thursday from $25.99 to $17.99. Ages 4-12 will receive discount tickets of $14.99, down from $19.99.

This smaller attraction in Orlando is much like a museum with 35,000 square feet of “edutainment” exhibits which children and adults alike can enjoy. Replicate hurricane-force winds; control a NASA spacecraft; see what it feels like to ride a 360-degree roller coaster – these are just a few of the fun things to do at this Orlando attraction. Then, there is the opportunity to lie on a bed of nails – not so fun, but something many tourist try! WonderWorks is open from 9 a.m. to midnight. For more information, go to wonderworksorlando.com.

Forever Florida Offers Specials

Coach Safari at Forever FloridaNow through February 28, 2015 Forever Florida is offering two different Sweetheart Specials. Choose the Zipline, Horseback or Thrill Pack and only pay $89.99 for 2 people. You must use a special code to receive the discount and the discounts cannot be combined with any other offer or group. The normal price for the horseback adventure and thrill pack is $69.99 for one person. The zipline course is $79.99. If you’re looking for a little less thrills, but a great way to see the sites, two people can take the coach adventure, a two-hour ride through the 4,700-acre Forever Florida wildlife conservation area, for $19.99. Normal price is $25.99 per person.

Reservations are required. For more information or to get the discount code, go to foreverflorida.com. You may also call 407-957-9794.

Spotlight: Fantasy of Flight

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!

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