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I4exitguide.com Launches New “Mobile-Ready” Travel Website

I-4 Exit Guide - Exit Services from Daytona to TampaFlorida travelers now have an easier way to navigate Interstate 4. The I-4 Exit Guide has just launched a brand new travel website that will make planning your next trip easier and more fun, whether you’re on your smartphone, tablet.

The new user experience is now available across desktops, tablets and mobile phones, and incorporates a design optimized for ‘touch’ devices such as iPads and smartphones, to make using the site on the road even easier.

I4exitguide.com boasts a clean and uncluttered user-friendly design, and includes featured content, interactive maps, and volumes of exit information.

The website provides quick and easy access to essential information about Florida’s I-4. Exit-by-exit information is listed into five categories; food, gas, lodging, camping and shopping. What’s more, the website includes real-time traffic reports, travel weather and the latest local gas prices.

In the Attractions section, visitors can learn about all the things to see and do along I-4. The Destination section focuses on the not-so-major places… the true undiscovered gems! The RoadNews section posts the latest I-4 construction information to help you avoid unnecessary delays and traffic issues.

Booking your favorite hotel is quick and easy too. The I-4 Exit Guide has partnered with Priceline to offer some of the best lodging discounts in the industry.

www.i4exitguide.com – Take us with you on your next trip to Florida!

Night Lane Closures on I-4 Between Exits 1 and 3 in Florida

TAMPA — One lane may be closed on eastbound and westbound I-4 between 22nd Street (Exit 1) and 50th Street (Exit 3) from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Friday through Saturday (March 1 – 9) nights. Two lanes may be closed after 10:00 p.m. these same nights. Up to three lanes may be closed on eastbound I-4 in the same area from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Saturday (March 3 – 9) nights.

Traffic Pacing on Southbound I-275 and Westbound I-4 Early Sunday, March 10 in Florida

TAMPA — Traffic will be controlled by police and paced slowly (around 20 MPH) on southbound I-275 from Sligh Avenue (Exit 48) to west of Dale Mabry Highway (Exit 41A/B) and on westbound I-4 from 50th Street/Columbus Drive (Exit 3) to I-275 two or more times between 12:01 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Sunday (March 10). Delays of around 20-30 minutes can be expected on southbound I-275 and westbound I-4, as well as on the crossroads near the ramps at the interchanges in these areas. Also, no traffic will be allowed to enter southbound I-275 at the interchanges from Sligh Avenue to Dale Mabry Highway or on westbound I-4 at 50th Street/Columbus Drive and 21st Street until the front of the traffic pacing has passed the entrance ramps. Crews will be removing overhead sign structures.

 

Fantasy of Flight – Polk City, FL

Update March 4, 2014: Fantasy of Flight, an aviation-themed attraction in Polk County, will close to the public April 6, 2014 and will concentrate on its private-event business, owner Kermit Weeks told employees on Tuesday.

Fantasy of Flight is an aviation-related attraction in Polk City, Florida  that takes visitors back to the pioneering days of early flight, World War I, World War II and beyond. Fantasy of Flight houses the world’s largest private aircraft collection on display. Fantasy of Flight is the only attraction in the world to offer daily aerial demonstrations (weather permitting) of aircraft in its collection. The attraction showcases an aircraft each day.

Themed “immersion experiences” showcase memorable moments in aviation history, and a self-guided audio tour gives visitors information about aircraft in the collection as well as insider details about featured aviators. Guided tours go behind the scenes to show how craftsmen restore vintage planes.

The Facility

The facility features a main building consisting of two large hangars (called “North” and “South”) for the aircraft on display, restoration shops, the immersion environments, a gift shop and the Art Deco themed Compass Rose Diner. Just outside the main building across from the entrance is the facilitiy’s new ropes course and zip line attraction known as “Wing Walk Air.” Outside the hangars there is an adjoining tarmac and two grass runways. On the north side of the runways are a maintenance hangar and conference facility. A “back lot” to the south of the main complex contains warehouses, storage and restoration facilities.

Immersion Environments

Visitors walk through several immersion environments as they enter the attraction. From the lobby, guests walk into the interior of a WWII-era Douglas C-47 Skytrain complete with lighting and sound effects as if the aircraft were conducting paratrooper operations. Guests pass a seated paratrooper in full kit and move forward toward the Jumpmaster figure standing at the open side hatch. Over the hatch blinks a red “Ready” light which switches to a green “Jump” light as the guest approaches the hatch. Through the hatch is the entry to the attraction.

Other immersion environments include a “sensation of flight” simulator, followed by a celebration of the early days of flight. Then, a passage covered by heavy shrapnel-resistant curtains leads visitors into a full-scale representation of the trench warfare of WWI, complete with aircraft overhead. It was, in part, due to the development of aerial warfare that trench fighting became obsolete.

The final immersion display includes the collection’s Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress housed in a large darkened room staged to appear as a winter evening at RAF Horham, home of the 95th Bombardment Group during WWII. The full-scale diorama, complete with ground vehicles, outbuildings and landscaping, represents a maintenance area and one of the B-17’s engine cowlings and propellers are removed to maintenance stands in front of the aircraft. Guests can enter the plane via a side hatch in the tail, walk through the bomb bay, visit the cockpit, and exit near the nose of the aircraft.

The Compass Rose Diner

Adjacent to the attraction’s lobby is an Art Deco themed restaurant called “The Compass Rose Diner” which features the characteristics of diners associated with airports during the 1930s and early 1940’s. The restaurant features tall windows, multi-hued terrazzo floors and the curved architectural lines associated with the Art Deco period. The diner is open to the public and serves a short-order menu similar to that of lunch counters popularized during the pre-WWII era.

Visit the Fantasy of Flight website

 

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Fantasy of Flight, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0

Lane Closures on I-4 in Orlando This Week

The Florida Department of Transportation has reported that there will be lane closures on I-4 in Orange County near City of Orlando.

When:02/26/13 – 02/27/13, Tuesday – Wednesday (AM)

  • Lane closures on eastbound and westbound of Interstate 4 will take place at the same time
  • Single lane closures begin at 9:30 p.m.
  • Double lane closures begin at 10:00 p.m.
  • Triple lane closures begin at 12:30 a.m.

Traffic will be diverted to a tmporary lane on the inside shoulder. All lanes will re-open at 5:30 a.m.

Dinosaur World – Plant City, FL

Perhaps you’ve seen them on your travels along I-4. Dinosaur World is an outdoor dinosaur theme parks located just of I-4, exit 17 in Plant City.

The park features over 150 life-size dinosaur sculptures created by Christer Svensson. Opened in 1998, Dinosaur World is family friendly, including many activities for small children, playgrounds and picnic areas (food is not served on the property so guests are encouraged to picnic).

Life-size dinosaur statues are placed among native vegetation or water features to simulate animals in a wild environment. Plant species that date from the time of the dinosaurs can be found on the grounds and identified with small signs as appropriate.

There are frequent break and shade areas around the park and several picnic and play areas. One popular attraction is the “Fossil Dig” where kids can dig for real fossils and may take home their favorite three in a small plastic bag.

Visitors tour Dinosaur World on a boardwalk that takes them past stegosaurus, brontosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex and other popular dinosaurs set among natural marshes with cypress and gum trees.

Attractions in the park include:

  • Dinosaur Walk – an outdoor trail with life-size dinosaurs and explanatory signs
  • Boneyard Playground and picnic area
  • Fossil Dig – where children find fossils in the dirt and may take home their favorite three.
  • Movie Cave –  showing a selection of dinosaur videos also available in the gift shop.
  • Museum – with reproduction fossils and animatronic dinosaurs
  • Gift Shop – selling a selection of dino and prehistoric toys and gifts.

Website: http://www.dinosaurworld.com/

 

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Dinosaur World, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0

Lane Closures on I-4 in Orlando This Week

Where: I-4 in Orange County near City of Orlando

When: Sunday, February 17 – Saturday, 23
WILDWOOD PROJECT
ORANGE COUNTY
02/21/13 -02/22/13, Thurday – Friday AM
8:00 pm – 6:00 am

Details:
Eastbound and westbound I-4 lanes are affected.
Lane closures will be in effect as follows:
Eastbound single outside lanes from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Eastbound double outside lanes from 10:00 pm to 12:30 am
Eastbound triple outside lanes from 12:30 am to 1:00 am
Eastbound and westbound triple outside lanes from 1:00 am to 5:00 am
Eastbound and westbound double outside lanes from 5:00 am to 5:30 am
All lanes are scheduled to reopen each day in time for the morning rush.
The contractor will be pouring the first section of the second bridge deck over I-4