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EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour 2017

Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor [[© EAA. All rights reserved]

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) often bring one of their beautifully restored 1920’s Ford Tri-Motor airliners and/or their 1944 Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress to a number of Florida airfields as part of their EAA Ford Tri-Motor or EAA B–17 Aluminium Overcast Tours.

Two other warbird organisations regularly arrange tours of Florida during the Spring months; namely the Collings Foundation with their Wings of Freedom Tour and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) with their [AirPower History Tour] though the CAF did not come to Florida in 2015 or 2016.

For the 2017 tour, the EAA are touring with the 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor “The Tin Goose" airliner. The B–17G Flying Fortress will not be visiting Florida in 2017.

Disney Awaken Summer Announcements

Rivers of Lights [© Disney. All rights reserved]

In April 2016, Disney held a three day media event, “Awaken Summer”, to release further details about all the new attractions coming to Walt Disney World over the coming months.

Magic Kingdom

In June, the new live stage show “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” opens on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. The stage show brings together amazing costumes, singing, dancing and special effects.

Margaritaville Resort

Margaritaville Resort at Bossier City [© 2015 BuffettNews.com. All rights reserved]

A new 300 acre vacation resort called Margaritaville Resort is set to be built along US 192 on the site of the former Splendid China attraction which closed in 2003. The resort will open in phases starting in early 2017.

The Jimmy Buffet inspired attraction will feature a hotel with up to 300 rooms, lagoon, both permanent and vacation rental homes and condos, timeshares, retail space, St. Somewhere Spa, a planetarium, a Son of a Sailor fishing school, paddle boarding and kayaking and a water park with a beach.

Sun 'n Fun International Expo and Fly In

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying in mirror formation

The Sun ’n Fun International Expo and Fly In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is the biggest aviation event in Florida. In fact it is the second largest event of its kind in the world with around 200,000 visitors, exceeded only by the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture event at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

It runs over six days in March/April each year finishing on a Sunday. The event first started in 1975 and the 43rd annual Sun ’n Fun will take place from April 4 to 9, 2017.

Universal and Nintendo Sign Deal

Super Mario character [© CC BY-ND 2.0 Rob DiCaterino, https://www.flickr.com/photos/goodrob13/]

On May 7, 2015, the Japanese video game company, Nintendo and Universal Parks and Resorts signed an exclusive agreement to bring Nintendo games and worlds to life in Universal parks around the world.

Nintendo has created many household name games including Pokemon, Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong and Zelda.

Can you just imagine an interactive real-life Mario Kart racing ride?

In the past, Universal has created haunted house attractions based upon video games as part of their Halloween Horror Nights; e.g. Resident Evil and Silent Hill.

Action Sports & Entertainment Resort

Action Sports & Entertainment Resort [Courtesy of Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC]

A company called Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC has announced plans to build a $309 million Action Sports & Entertainment Resort in Kissimmee on a 75 acre site owned by Central Florida Investments, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 192 and State Road 535.

The resort will bring together four of the most popular actions sports, namely surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding/skiing and BMX biking. It will be aimed at all action sports fans with year round professional and amateur competitions, some of which will be televised.

B-17 Aluminium Overcast Tour 2015

EAA B-17 Aluminium Overcast [© CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Tau Zero, https://www.flickr.com/photos/t_zero/]

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) occasionally bring their beautifully restored 1944 Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress to a number of Florida airfields as part of their B–17 Aluminium Overcast Tour.

They also tour with a Ford Tri-Motor either on its own or accompanying the B–17..

Two other warbird organisations regularly arrange tours of Florida during the Spring months; namely the Collings Foundation with their Wings of Freedom Tour and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) with their [AirPower History Tour].

The last time the EAA toured with the B–17 named “Aluminium Overcast” was in 2015 and it was accompanied at a couple of venues by a 1920s Ford Tri-Motor “Tin Goose” airliner.

Florida 2014 Highlights

Hogwarts Express at Kings Cross Station

2014 witnessed some major new attractions opening in Florida’s theme parks plus the inevitable closures along the way. The biggest event was probably the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express train ride at Universal Studios Florida with its incredible old London theming.

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