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FEB 15, 2024 | Photos Courtesy Jeff Burgy

Club Discovers Movie Cars And More At Tour Of $200 Million Dezerland Museum In Orlando

Dezerland Museum vehicles

ORLANDO, Fla. – Whenever Ford Performance photojournalist correspondent Jeff Burgy has the chance to attend automotive events during the winter months in Florida, you can bet he’ll come away with plenty of photos to share with his Ford friends. That’s why when the Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI) held a regional convention in The Sunshine State last fall, we knew Jeff would send us his photos from the club’s big event in The Villages, Florida, just so that you could enjoy a “Quick Look” in our Enthusiasts section of FordPerformance.com. As it turns out, there was more to that show than just the Thunderbirds that were on display there. Jeff also tagged along when the club had scheduled a tour of the $200-million Orlando Auto Museum at Dezerland Park that features historical, celebrity, military and movie vehicles among its 2,000 cars on display in its 20-plus exhibit “rooms.”Dezerland Museum

Burgy, a longtime Shelby enthusiast and a co-founder of the SAAC-Motor City Region Shelby club more than four decades ago, is also active in the Thunderbird club world and collector-car community, so going to Dezerland Park – a place he says is “like a Valhalla for car buffs” -- was a given. The facility also has two go-cart tracks, a movie theater, bowling alley, put-put golf, and a trampoline park – just to keep the whole family entertained.Ford convertible in museum

Burgy told us that Dezerland Park is the dream of Michael Dezer, a commercial real-estate developer out of Miami. Burgy had visited Dezerland in Miami back in 2016, before Dezerland in Orlando had opened in 2018. The property in Miami is 250,000 square feet, but the one in Orlando is 880,000 square feet. Both locations feature a huge display of James Bond cars, planes, and memorabilia, and a good-sized collection of Batman vehicles, and quite a few other “movie cars” that you’d likely recognize.Thunderbirds in Museum

Burgy spotted plenty of Fords during his time at the Orlando Auto Museum at Dezerland Park, and included a couple of famed Fords that were featured by Hollywood over the years. Can you spot which Ford cars were at one time film stars from the photos that Burgy sent us below? Enjoy!Early vehicles with mannequins in them

Ford Taurus in museum

Ford Mustang Mach 1Ford model A's in museumFord movie car with bullet holesStarsky and Hutch Torino1950s Ford yellow and blackTeal Ford thunderbird new genFORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JEFF BURGY