Friday, June 08, 2012

Fantasy of Flight - "Reflections of Vietnam" this weekend

Press Release:

Fantasy of Flight’s Legends & Legacies Symposium Gives Voice to Veterans in “Reflections of Vietnam” June 8-9


Symposium and Annual Military Collector’s Show Included in Attraction Admission

POLK CITY, Fla. (June 6, 2012) – On Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, a few brave men will come forward to share their recollections of military service as Fantasy of Flight presents the fifth of its six-part Legends & Legacies Symposium Series: “Reflections of Vietnam.”  

For two days, Vietnam veterans will gather at Fantasy of Flight to share their personal stories of strength, survival and patriotism during America’s longest and most controversial military conflict on foreign soil — Nov. 1, 1955 to April 30, 1975.  During the symposium, several veterans will interact with guests in open forum/question-and-answer sessions, followed by meet-and-greet/autograph signing sessions. Panel participants from Central Florida include Morris Schallenberger, Major John Windsor, Colonel Abner Aust, Rick Julian and Scott Boyd.

The symposium is presented along with the annual Military Collector’s Show on Saturday,
June 9, showcasing collectibles for sale from the Civil War to the Vietnam era including uniforms, medals, insignia, and war relics, among other memorabilia.  Admission to the military collector’s show alone is $6.00 per person (including tax) and is complimentary with attraction admission.  The show will be open during attraction hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We recognize that the Vietnam War is an emotional and complex subject and we invite the public to hear firsthand accounts from the brave men who stood up to serve,” said Kim Long, General Manager of Fantasy of Flight.  “We are also proud to once again offer history buffs a chance to browse and purchase military collectibles dating back to the Civil War during our Military Collectors Show.  Even those who aren’t collectors will be amazed at the incredible array of artifacts.”

Fantasy of Flight is one of the only attractions in the country to assemble military veterans and their families for panel discussions and to share their compelling personal accounts and unique perspectives with the public.

Visitors to Fantasy of Flight may save on admission by participating in the “Stuff the Bus” school supply driveFrom June 1 through Sept. 30, 2012, Fantasy of Flight is partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven to collect school supplies to benefit Polk County Schools. Guests who donate school supply items from the accepted list (found on receive $5 off full-priced adult attraction admission.  Qualifying donations must be presented at the admissions counter at time of ticket purchase in order to receive discount. The offer is not valid with any other discounts, promotions, or toward the purchase of an annual pass

The 2012 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series will conclude October 12-13 with “Letters Home: Love, Courage & Survival.” Fantasy of Flight welcomes inquiries from all those who may be interested in participating in the symposium series.

The series events are included in the price of Fantasy of Flight general admission of $28.95 plus tax for adults, $14.95 plus tax for youth (age 6-12) and five and under are free with paying adult.  The symposiums are free for all Annual Pass holders.  Group rates are available.  Call 863-984-3500 or go to for more information.


Fantasy of Flight is Central Florida’s premier aviation-themed attraction showcasing vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection; themed immersion experiences; interactive exhibits; a tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas; Restoration and Backlot tours; Fun with Flight center for families and the country’s only Aerial
Demonstration of the Day (weather permitting) featuring a vintage plane.  General admission also includes The Tuskegee Airmen – They Dared to Fly exhibit; the multimedia tribute to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) – A Passionate Pursuit, a walking audio tour and many special events throughout the year. 

New at Fantasy of Flight this year is 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.  Ideal for families, couples, student/youth groups or corporate groups seeking teambuilding opportunities, Wing WalkAir is the first attraction of its kind in Polk County, located midway between Tampa and Orlando.  Admission is $22 for the zip line and ropes course or $15 for the zip line and $12 for the ropes course when purchased separately.  Group rates are available.  Fantasy of Flight admission is not required for entry to Wing WalkAir.

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 6-12, plus 7 percent sales tax.  Annual passes are available for $69.95 for adults, $39.95 for
children ages 6-12, plus 7 percent sales tax, and are good for one year from the date of purchase.  Biplane rides, through Waldo Wright’s Flying Service, and hot air balloon rides, are available for an extra chargeFor more information about Fantasy of Flight, call 863-984-3500 or visit

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.