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According to the TV Tropes page for Fantasy Island, the 1977–84 version of the show had a spinoff aimed at children.

Spin-Off: For a few weeks ABC tried a Children's version of "Fantasy Island" aired in the 'Family Hour' of Sunday @ 7pm Est time slot. The only differences between it and the 'Saturday @ 10pm' version were that kids had requested the fantasies, and they arrived and departed via Hot Air balloon instead of De Plane. These episodes were syndicated with the parent show.

However, I can't find anything to corroborate that this show actually existed. The Wikipedia page for the show doesn't mention a spinoff, nor do the episode descriptions seem to imply that any were aimed at children.

Is there any proof that Fantasy Island had a spinoff aimed at children? Or is this something that an imaginative TV Troper invented?

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    Ohhhh...interesting! I remember hearing about this, too! – steelersquirrel Jan 20 '18 at 8:50
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Is there any proof that Fantasy Island had a spinoff aimed at children? Or is this something that an imaginative TV Troper invented?

The TV Troper's claims are true.

Fantasy Island normally aired on Saturday nights, just after Love Boat. Towards the end of season two though, there are two additional episodes that aired on Sunday, and were titled as, "Sunday specials".

Those two episodes are:

When watching these two episodes, the guests do arrive and depart on hot air balloon, and the shows do involve kid fantasies.

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    So the claim is correct, but a bit misleading. It wasn't a "spinoff show", but more of a backdoor pilot where two episodes had a different tone and were aired at a different time. – Thunderforge Jan 20 '18 at 18:19

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