206311main_wright_brothers_fullMeant to celebrate the accomplishments of pioneer aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and celebrated on Orville’s birthday (August 19, 1871), National Aviation Day aka Wright Brother’s Day was created by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 by presidential proclamation.

Here. . . EVERY day is National Aviation Day. The fleet of vintage aircraft displayed at Fantasy of Flight has earned the admiration of knowledgeable aviators and inspired the imagination of those who have always dreamed of soaring above the clouds.


FF_175Celebrate your own successes, inspire creativity, or launch a new concept while surrounded by some of aviation’s greatest accomplishments.




Having a solid theme for your event can increase your guest engagement and inject the fun factor you are looking for. Start by creating a cohesive concept that can be incorporated throughout the event and/or conference and remember to pay attention to the details – your venue should enhance the overall look and feel of your theme.

DSC_0106With The Venues at Fantasy of Flight, you couldn’t get any more authentic for this theme if you were on the set of the 4077 yourself!

Welcome your guests on arrival with an authentic military jeep, period actor, and guard shack at the parking entrance. Arrive for drop-offs onto a camouflage netted walkway leading to the Fantasy of Flight lobby.

From the main lobby, include a military character actor to guide your guests through the belly of a DC-6 into our B-17 comp finalauthentic immersion environment detailing the history of flight from Parisian Hot Air Balloons into German WWI bunkers. Pass through the WWII briefing tent on a military base in England before proceeding to your bomber, where guests have the opportunity to move through a real B-17 Bomber! As guests exit the immersion environment they are welcomed into the North Hangar.

Our spacious North Hangar easily transforms into a WWII army base with camouflage decor, bamboo bar surrounds, specialty tables, textured linens,  foliage, uplighting and authentic military props including vintage aircraft such as our 1947 Bell “MASH” Helicopter, Open up the hangar doors (weather permitting) and seamlessly transition your party on the adjacent 95,000 square foot ramp, where you will be greeted by even more spectacular planes.

Don’t forget the details! Be sure to incorporate your theme into your entertainment and food selections. How Red Carpet 05about an Andrew’s Sisters Tribute and the 8th Army Air Corp Orchestra? Or perhaps fireworks or a twilight airshow for an even bigger “WOW”.  Offering signature “Hawkeye” or “Trapper” Martinis or classic grape soda is the perfect way to tie-in your theme. Don’t forget the SPAM! Ask your caterer to help develop a great menu incorporating SPAM and using the Korean influence of the show’s setting.

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The first question typically asked by every bride and groom is – “so how much will it cost?” A wedding is a big investment – on many levels. Your time. Your energy. Your emotions. It’s all about YOU. Your special day needs to be just that: SPECIAL! With couples contributing, on average, 43% of their hard earned money, it pays to be cost conscious. The Knot recently released the results of their 2014 Real Wedding Survey in which it surveyed nearly 16,000 US brides and grooms married in 2014. We have made a quick comparison here to show you how the venues at Fantasy of Flight can help you get the most from your wedding dollar.

Top 2014 Wedding Statistics

Bride posing in doorway of vintage aircraft for photos

Photo Courtesy: Anwen Elizabeth Photography

  • Average Wedding Cost: $31,213 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,328 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Utah, $15,257 average spend
  • Average Number of Guests: 136
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (15%) followed by October (14%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

2014 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown


Category2014 National Average Spend
Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon)$31,213
Venue (reception hall)$14,006
Wedding/Event Planner$1,973
Reception Band$3,587
Reception DJ$1,124
Wedding Dress$1,357
Groom's Attire/Accessories$254
Wedding Cake$555
Ceremony Site$1,901
Ceremony Musicians$637
Rehearsal Dinner$1,206
Engagement Ring$5,855
Catering (price per person)$68

*Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service

How Does Fantasy Of Flight Compare?

CategoryEstimated Pricing*
Outdoor Ceremony Venue$500
Reception Venue$3,500
Reception DJ$1,100
Food (Per Person)$34.65
Three Hour Host Bar (Per Person)$35.00
*Pricing based on 150 guests

View the entire Knot 2014 Real Wedding Study breakdown here.

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In Florida, it is HOT ! With the mercury rising to the upper 90’s and even triple digit temperatures, it has us longing for those Florida winters with highs in the mid 60’s and better humidity! While we can’t gift you those mid 60 degree temperatures this month, we can offer you some cool savings when booking your 2015 Holiday Party.

New Guests

Book your holiday party before August 31, 2015 and save 10% on Facility Rental and 10% on a Host Beverage Package.

Returning Guests

Book your holiday party before August 31, 2015 and save 15% on Facility Rental and 10% on a Host Beverage Package.

FOF Holiday Special 2015

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So you’ve been tasked with planning the company’s annual Holiday Party and immediately you start envisioning scenes from Office Space, Seinfeld, and The Office. Will the cake to person ratio be adequate? Poor Milton. Will people be too afraid to get up and dance? I mean, did you see Elaine’s moves? How do you keep everyone excited and engaged? No one wants a replay of the “Yankee Swap”. Not to worry, we have you covered. Here are 5 tips for planning an unforgettable (in a good way) Holiday Party.

1. Choose A Unique Venue

Themed bar and party area at Fantasy of FlightLet’s be honest, how many years has the holiday party been in the same location? If the same restaurant or hotel ballroom has been used more than two years in a row – it is time for a change. Keep it fresh. Select a venue that will really WOW your guests – museums, art galleries, and non-traditional locations offer character, ambiance, and eliminate the need for expensive décor. Be sure to book early as the end of the year fills up quickly and you don’t want to be left scrambling for a location.

2. Leave Catering To The Professionals

Seared scallop with jalapeno on corn relishWhile a potluck meal can be fun, it can also bring with it a fair amount of stress for both the planner and their guests. We all know that typically you end up with several platters of cookies from the local bakery and rarely enough entrees and sides to make sure that guests don’t have pull into the nearest fast food restaurant on their way home. Your venue can help you find a caterer and decide on a great menu to accommodate your entire guest list – including those with special dietary needs. Remember that Turkey, Ham, and Sweet Potato casserole might be stale for your guests – so change it up. Have a fun action or carving station. While you’re at it, don’t forget that bar. Don’t want to have an open bar for the entire evening? Offer a specific number of drink tickets per guest that can be used for alcoholic beverages. This also gives your company leadership the ability to personally welcome each guest upon arrival.

3. A Party Without Entertainment Is Just A Dinner

singer performing for a company's holiday partyThe success of your company party is directly related to the type of entertainment you are offering. A high energy live band or DJ is a must. A professional entertainer will know just how to get your wallflowers onto the floor dancing the night away. Select entertainment that can accommodate varying tastes in music. Be sure to allocate time for your senior leadership to speak to their guests. Anything more than 15 minutes becomes a meeting, so make sure you keep it light hearted.

4. Open Up The Guest List

employees of holiday party outside with vintage aircraft in backgroundThe first question everyone will ask when they get their invite is can I bring my significant other or children? We suggest addressing this question on your invitation to clear up any confusion. If you are having an evening party, you will definitely want to open up your guest list to your employee and a guest. This is sure to keep the evening fun and will help your employees cut loose a little. Send those invitations out early. The holidays are always a busy time and social calendars fill up quickly. Consider having the company party on a weeknight instead of a weekend.

5. Have Fun

Compass Rose venue at Fantasy of FlightAsk your venue if they will have an event coordinator available to manage the logistics of your event. This is an extremely valuable resource and ensures that you can enjoy the evening as well. This is your holiday party too and you don’t want to spend it managing the opportunities that are sure to arise. Meet with your event coordinator in advance and outline a game plan for some of the more common challenges including the handling of additional guests that haven’t rsvp’d, an employee that may have enjoyed the open bar a little too much, and in the case of the great party you are sure to have – how long do you want to extend the evening and keep the party hopping!

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