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In his autobiographical book, The Bridge Across Forever, novelist Richard Bach noted he'd owned a seaplane that ended up as a TV show prop. Although he did not mention Fantasy Island explicitly, the description of the show's opening and the plane's role in it fits perfectly.


On the Fantasy Island Page it says

"Villechaize quit the series prior to the 1983-1984 season"

While in this Villechaize it says

"He was eventually fired, but the show's popularity waned as the show "

Can someone clear it up? Jesus On Wheels 06:52, 6 September 2005 (UTC)


Is there a version of the title card available that does not have the TV Land logo on it? With the show now on DVD surely someone can make a screen capture without the logo. 23skidoo 03:17, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

1998 series[edit]

There is very little to be found regarding the revived Fantasy Island, and it might be best to keep the two series under one article. But I have two questions:

  • Can we get a title card for the 1998 series? I last saw that Sci Fi was airing it a few years ago in the U.S., but don't think they do currently.
  • Is the episode total in the info box at the top of the article inclusive of both the original and revival series, or simply the original?

ArkansasTraveler 19:40, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

In the original series Roddy McDowall played Satan and was to take the soul of a women but Mr. Rourke foiled him because the women was pregnant. Mr Rouke said to McDowall's character, "How can you take one soul without taking two?" Then, in what was dramatic television, at the time, Roddy McDowall transforms into Satan with red lights and two little horns. He starts spinning and then screams, "Damn you Rourke!" That is all I remember is there some place for this kind of information? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:48, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Someone had misspelled Roddy McDowall's surname as McDowell, so I corrected it in the above paragraph. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:53, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

Shame you didn't fix their misuse of "women" to refer to a single woman. Canonblack (talk) 16:46, 15 October 2018 (UTC)


I think that SCTV once did a parody of the show, I remember at the very least John Candy playing Tattoo and him saying "Boss, the plane crashed !" and the man portraying Mr. Roarke replied "Well, there goes their fantasies !". If someone remembers the full parody, it would be an interesting inclusion in the aforementioned section of the main article. Neonblak 11:13, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

Main Theme Music[edit]

Other than composer Laurence Rosenthal, I can't find anything about the theme music. Is there an official title? Who played the theme? Any help is appreciated. NBK1122 (talk) 00:23, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

The sheet music simply calls it Theme from "Fantasy Island", as can be seen at Dtubbe (talk) 16:57, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot (talk) 07:02, 2 January 2008 (UTC)


What type of airplane did the guests arrive in? Looks like a Grumman Goose. Same plane as in Tales of the Gold Monkey? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bizzybody (talkcontribs) 00:32, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Catch phrase[edit]

"Smiles, everybody, smiles!" was said by Mr. Roarke to the beatiful Hawaiian Native ladies workers and came before he said "Welcome to Fantasy Island!" to the guests. That should be included with "The plane! The plane!" catch phrases. Macshill (talk) 01:35, 25 January 2009 (UTC)


I thought Julie was Mr Roarke's daughter, not an assistant. Am I totally remembering wrong or is there some basis for this? Sluggoster (talk) 04:28, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Julie was his niece. She appeared in FANTASY ISLAND JUNIOR, a version of the show with kids getting their fantasies. It was on ABC on Sunday nights at 7:00 opposite 60 MINUTES. It only lasted a month or two. Tattoo was on it, but Roarke wasn't. After it was axed, she went to FANTASY ISLAND and became a regular there. I wonder why there's no mention of JUNIOR on Wiki or IMDB? AbbythecatAbbythecat (talk) 01:28, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

I can't find any reference to a Fantasy Island Junior anywhere, not even in Wendy Schaal's TV filmography on various sites. I think maybe you're misremembering an unrelated kids' show starring a different actress. While searching, I found a TV Guide article that describes Julie as Roarke's goddaughter, not his niece. [EDIT] Okay, I just found a mention on TV Tropes that a children's version aired at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday nights and ran only a few weeks before cancellation. It does not give the title or make any mention of Schaal. Maybe that's a basis for further research. Canonblack (talk) 16:13, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

Roarke sinister?[edit]

I question the following:

"In the pilot film, Roarke was actually a rather sinister figure, but once the series went into production, he was depicted as more benevolent."

The only foundation for this would appear to be that a disguised Roarke did double as a heavy in one of the fantasies in the pilot, but this turned out to have been for a good purpose after all, Roarke had not actually gone over to the dark side, and in other situations in that pilot, Roarke was unquestionable of noble character. Tupelo the typo fixer (talk) 18:29, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

I distinctly remember him being somewhat sinister in the original pilot. The script and characterizations suggested that the island was a kind of earthly purgatory and the guests self-indulgent types (just the sort to spend a million dollars a day—or whatever the cost of the vacation—on themselves) whose fantasies would turn on them as a kind of comeuppance. In fact, it seemed to have been a reworking of Haunts of the Very Rich, an earlier ABC Movie of the Week in which the island was actually Purgatory. Perhaps this was very much softened in the second pilot, which must have been the one you saw. Note that "sinister" does not mean necessarily "demonstrably evil". A character can be presented as sinister but actually turn out to be one of the "good guys"; cf. the sinister Slugworth in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, who is intentionally imposing, but is actually Wonka's assistant Wilkinson testing the children's loyalties. Unfortunately I can't find any sources supporting the sinister depiction, although there were discussions with sources in a now-defunct film and television forum. Just as well the statement was removed until a source can be found. Canonblack (talk) 16:37, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

It has been suggested that this section be split into an article. (Discuss) (April 2016)[edit]

If the decision goes to split the article, i would advise merging this section with this article. -- (talk) 08:51, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Support – in fact, I'm going to look into carrying out this WP:SPLIT right now, as there has been no opposition registered to it. --IJBall (contribstalk) 22:03, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

 Done --IJBall (contribstalk) 15:59, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Mentioned in a book[edit]

Not many people will have heard of this but there is a book called 'Bankhall Couldn't Win On Fantasy Island'. It's about a church football team from Bootle, Liverpool, who played between 1978 and 1984. At one point they were on such a poor run of form that someone came up with the phrase, 'Bankhall couldn't win on Fantasy Island', which was something that just shouldn't happen. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:54, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

"Not many people will have heard of this" = not notable. - BilCat (talk) 01:00, 10 February 2018 (UTC)
Not notable and trivia. We don't include every offhanded mention of an article subject because it's just not relevant to an understanding of the subject or its impact on culture. It would also create unreasonably long articles that are 99/100ths feeble mentions of a word or phrase and 1/100th about the article subject. Canonblack (talk) 16:21, 15 October 2018 (UTC)