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Aviation Legends Come to Life at Fantasy of Flight

August 29, 2009

fantasy-of-flight1Fantasy of Flight Brings Aviation Legends to Life with Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight Aug. 29-30

Attraction Offering $8 Off Admission Throughout August with School Supply Donation in Celebration of New Historically-Based Show

Fantasy of Flight, Central Florida’s premier aviation-themed attraction, will unveil an engaging, historically based theater presentation Sat., Aug. 29 and Sun., Aug. 30, just in time to ignite children’s imaginations as they begin a new school year.
In honor of the new “edutainment” show and to further support children and education for the new school year, Fantasy of Flight is partnering with the Polk County Kiwanis Clubs in the “Stuff The Bus” program, offering $8 off each full-priced admission throughout the month of August with the donation of an approved school supply to benefit the Polk Education Foundation.

The show, called “Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight,” features a lively trio of madcap actors who usher the audience through the centuries to embrace inspirational stories of aviation’s boldest and brightest heroes, from the visionary of flight, Leonardo daVinci, to the unflappable Wright Brothers, the gutsy Amelia Earhart and daring Charles Lindbergh. Along the way, the audience will learn about different modes of aviation travel and marvel at the innovation, courage and imagination that opened up the skies to us all.

The compelling new show is adapted from a production originally written for Fantasy of Flight by Norman Small, producing director of the Theatre Winter Haven, and will be presented in the Fantasy of Flight Officer’s Club. The “theater troupe in a trunk” show is tall on tales and excitement, but light on personnel and props, relying on just three talented actors –- all from the Real Imagination Players – Jack Newton, Derek Wyatt and Rebecca Stoffel — and the inspirational atmosphere provided by Fantasy of Flight’s authentic airplanes to set the stage.

“Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight” will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 29 and 1:00 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 30 and is included with Fantasy of Flight general admission.
Partnering with the Polk County Kiwanis Clubs, Fantasy of Flight will also participate in the “Stuff The Bus” program, benefiting the Polk Education Foundation. Visitors to Fantasy of Flight during the month of August who donate approved school supply items will be entitled to $8.00 off the full-priced adult admission of $28.95 plus tax or child admission of $14.95 plus tax for each donation. The “stuffing of the bus” will take place on Sat., Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two different locations in Winter Haven. For more information and a list of accepted school supply items, visit www.fantasyofflight.com.

“Engaging our guests and helping them explore their dreams, whatever they may be, is our core mission,” said Kermit Weeks, creator and founder of Fantasy of Flight. “’Heroes of Flight’ is a fantastic way to teach young people and the young at heart about the evolution of aviation in a fun yet informative manner. We are proud to bring some of the world’s most legendary pilots and students of flight to life before their eyes. And hope that our guests are inspired to dream big!”
Weeks is no stranger to children’s education initiatives. This year the pilot and former aerobatics world champion received a Bronze IPPY Award in the 13th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards for his children’s book, “All of Life is a School” (KWIP Publishing, $19.95). His children’s book brings to life some of Fantasy of Flight’s most historically significant airplanes through colorful characters that existed during the Golden Age of Aviation.
As an added value on Aug. 29 at 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. and Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m., time-traveling aviator Ophelia Ida Lightheart, the newest “character” to join Fantasy of Flight’s Real Imagination Players, will be reading “All of Life is a School” aloud between performances of “Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight.” A grand storyteller reminiscent of Mother Goose, Lightheart (played by local actor Leigh Switzer) not only tells stories, but also sings and makes mischief wherever – or whenever – she travels.
For more information about Fantasy of Flight, call 863-984-3500 or visit www.fantasyofflight.com.

Fantasy of Flight is an aviation-themed attraction showcasing vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection; themed immersion experiences; flight simulators; interactive exhibits; a tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas; Restoration and Backlot tours; Fun with Flight center for families and an Aerial Demonstration of the Day (weather permitting). Recent additions to Fantasy of Flight attractions include The Tuskegee Airmen – They Dared to Fly exhibit; the multimedia tribute to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) – A Passionate Pursuit and a walking audio tour.

Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. General admission is $28.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors, ages 55 and over and $14.95 for children, ages 6-15, plus 7 percent sales tax. Annual passes are available for $69.95 for adults, $39.95 for children ages 6–15, plus 7 percent sales tax, and are good for one year from the date of purchase. Hot air balloon rides and biplane rides are available for an extra charge. For more information about Fantasy of Flight, call 863-984-3500 or visit www.fantasyofflight.com.

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