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Disney Springs to Include Several New Upscale Restaurants

The transformation from Downtown Disney into the new Disney Springs continues and with it comes the possibility of several critically acclaimed restaurants putting down roots.

According to reports from several well respected Orlando are blogs, big name restaurants expected to be added to the Disney Springs lineup include:

– The Edison, a Los Angeles restaurant that celebrates the era of invention

– STK, a modern steakhouse with locations in New York, Miami and Las Vegas

– Morimoto, the Japanese and sushi restaurant of chef Masaharu Morimoto and the Starr restaurant group with locations in Philadelphia and New York

– The Boathouse, a new concept from the same people who brought you Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex Cafe

In addition, existing Planet Hollywood, the movie-themed restaurant, will undergo major renovations that will convert the massive globe-shaped structure into one that resembles a planetary observatory. The Boathouse will be built in a space on the lagoon next to Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello, the Italian restaurant. Both of those restaurants are expected to remain as is. Paradiso 37 is also expected to remain.

Central Florida’s Newest Attraction, Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Get spectacular bird’s eye view of Port Canaveral and the surrounding area from our two observation decks at the Exploration Tower. Discover more about this unique part of Florida from seven floors of exhibits and interactive play.

The new Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral recently opened as part of the Canaveral Port Authority’s celebration of the 60th anniversary.

– Experience what it’s like to be a Port Canaveral Pilot and navigate your boat using a simulator Canaveral Harbor to great cruise ships.

– Explore Central Florida’s past and present with the touch of a finger using our large-scale interactive map

– Learn about the Port’s vibrant history and the key events that helped transform it into the flourishing harbor we know in our state-of-the-art theatre.

Features at Exploration Tower include…

– Indoor and outdoor observation decks
– Auditorium
– Café
– Exhibit Space – (5,550 ft. on four floors)
– Gift Shop
– Corporate Meeting Space
– Event Space for lease

Address: 670 Dave Nisbet Dr. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Phone: 321.394.3405
Open Daily – 10:00am – 7:00pm ( Hours subject to Change)

Animated Tour of The I-Drive Shopping and Entertainment Complex

Merlin Entertainments Ltd. plans to debut three attractions, The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando Wax Museum and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, as part of a massive project being developed by Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. and New York-based Circle Entertainment Inc. The projected opening for these attractions is New Year’s Eve 2014.

Design firm Antunovich Associates offers an opportunity to experience what it might be like to ride on Merlin Entertainments Ltd.’s Orlando Eye observation wheel that’s currently under construction on International Drive in Orlando…

2014 Spring Training – Florida’s Grapefruit League

Spring is in the air… and spring training has begun! Florida is the home of Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League and spring training 2014.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in mid February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day.

Below you’ll find 2014 Spring Training park information, maps, and home game schedules for all the teams. Catch a game!

 

 

George M. Steinbrenner Field

3802 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33614
Spring Training Home of the New York Yankees

New York Yankees

New York Yankees 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, February 251:05 PMFlorida State University Seminoles
Thursday, February 271:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 11:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 31:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 47:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 77:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 91:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 131:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 141:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 15TBDMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 16TBDMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 161:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 217:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 231:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, March 257:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 287:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 291:05 PMMiami Marlins
 Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium

373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
Spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 271:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, February 281:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 21:05 PMNew York Yankees
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 71:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 81:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Thursday, March 131:05 PMHouston Astros
Friday, March 141:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 161:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 221:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Monday, March 241:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 287:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 291:05 PMNew York Mets
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Joker Marchant Stadium

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33809
Spring training home of the Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, February 251:05 PMFlorida Southern College
Thursday, February 271:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, February 281:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 11:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 31:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 61:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 81:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 131:05 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 141:05 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 151:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 171:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 231:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 271:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 281:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Space Coast Stadium

5800 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL
Spring training home of the Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 21:05 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 71:05 PMHouston Astros
Saturday, March 81:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 91:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 106:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 131:05 PMNew York Mets
Sunday, March 161:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 196:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 201:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 221:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMNew York Mets
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Champion Stadium

700 Victory Way, Orlando, FL
Spring training home of the Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Friday, February 286:05 PMHouston Astros
Sunday, March 21:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Monday, March 31:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 66:05 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 81:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 141:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 151:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 211:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 221:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 231:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 246:05 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMMiami Marlins
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Osceola County Stadium

631 Heritage Park Way, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Spring training home of the Houston Astros

Houston Astros

Houston Astros 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Sunday, March 212:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 512:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 612:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 812:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 912:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 1212:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 1412:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 1612:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 1712:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 2012:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 2112:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 2212:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 265:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 296:10 PMVeracrux, MX (at Minute Maid Park)
Sunday, March 301:10 PMVeracrux, MX (at Minute Maid Park)
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Bright House Field

601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, FL 33765
Spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, February 281:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 21:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 46:35 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 61:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 81:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 101:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 131:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 161:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 171:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 201:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 211:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 231:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 271:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 287:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 291:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

McKechnie Field

1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponents
Tuesday, February 2512:00 PMBlack and Gold Exhibition Game
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 11:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 31:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 61:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 71:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 91:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 101:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 141:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 151:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 171:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 207:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, March 221:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 241:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 271:05 PMNew York Yankees
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Hammond Stadium

14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Spring training home of the Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 31:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 57:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 61:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 91:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 131:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 141:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 161:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 187:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 211:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 221:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 241:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 281:05 PMBoston Red Sox
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Tradition Field

525 NW Peacock Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Spring training home of the New York Mets

New York Mets

New York Mets 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:10 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 11:10 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 41:10 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 51:10 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 71:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 91:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Monday, March 101:10 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 121:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 151:10 PMMinnesota Twins
Tuesday, March 181:10 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 201:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 231:10 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 241:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, March 2712:10 PMWashington Nationals
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JetBlue Park

11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Spring training home of the Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 271:05 PMNU/BC Doubleheader
Friday, February 281:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 21:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 71:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Saturday, March 87:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Monday, March 101:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 157:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 171:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 197:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 207:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 231:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 277:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 291:05 PMMinnesota Twins
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Charlotte Sports Park

2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 21:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, March 31:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 81:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 131:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 151:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 161:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 207:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 211:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Saturday, March 221:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 267:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237
Spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Monday, March 31:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 61:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 71:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 81:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 91:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 151:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 177:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMTampa bay Rays
Friday, March 211:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 231:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 241:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 277:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Roger Dean Stadium

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458

Spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals

Miami MarlinsSt. Louis Cardinals

Miami Marlins 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMUniversity of Miami
Thursday, February 271:05 PMFlorida International
Saturday, March 11:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 31:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 61:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 91:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 147:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 151:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 171:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 201:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 221:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 241:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
 Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:05 PMMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 21:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 71:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 81:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 101:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMNew York Mets
Thursday, March 131:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 161:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 211:05 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, March 231:05 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 271:05 PMMiami Marlins
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

Dates, times and teams subject to change. All times ET.

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona – January 25-26, 2014

The 52nd anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the first race for TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. America’s most prestigious endurance race starts at 2:10 p.m. Saturday.

Rolex 24 at Daytona – January 25-26, 2014 (I-4, exit 132 then I-95 Exit 261)

http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2014/Rolex-24-At-Daytona/Rolex-24-At-Daytona.aspx

Port Canaveral Breaks Ground on New Terminal

Construction has begun on the new estimated $50.5 million Cruise Terminal 1, the first to be located on the south side of Canaveral harbor and that will allow passengers and crew to walk to nearby dining and entertainment options for the first time. Port Canaveral commissioners unanimously approved selection of local firm Ivey’s Construction of Merritt Island, Florida to build the 187,500 square foot facility, which is scheduled to open in November 2014…

http://511enews.com/i-95-attractions/port-canaveral-breaks-ground-on-new-terminal/

Daytona Speedway Reconstruction Well Underway

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reconstruction of the Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. When completed, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500.

World’s Tallest Roller Coaster Coming to Florida

A 520-foot-high roller coaster, the tallest in the world, is coming to Florida. The exact location however has not been disclosed.

An official announcement will come within the next few weeks, said Michael Kitchen, president of US Thrill Rides, the Florida-based company that designed the ride.

The “Polercoaster” is tall with a small footprint, Kitchen said. At the top of the attraction will be a double-decker restaurant and observation deck. Visitors can travel by elevator to the top without boarding the thrill ride.

Riders will board eight-passenger vehicles at ground level, then work their way to the top in a spiral pattern. The descent is more thrill-packed with sharp dives, rolls, loops and inversions, Kitchen said. The top speed will be more than 60 mph, he added. In addition to being the tallest in the world, the coaster’s track will be very long, Kitchen said. “We expect to break many, many multiple world records on this ride,” he added.

Currently there is no theme-park attraction in Central Florida taller than 200 feet. The “Orlando Eye”, centerpiece of a new entertainment complex currently under construction on International Drive is a 450-foot observation wheel. The new complex, called “I-Drive Live” is scheduled to open in late 2014.

Kitchen said he expects a groundbreaking in summer of 2014 and anticipates it opening in spring of 2016.

 

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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