(at around 41 mins) When Nick is driving he pulls up to a sign that causes him to have a premonition, the sign is clearly marked Clear Rivers Water. Clear Rivers was a central character in both Final Destination (2000) and Final Destination 2 (2003).
The Final Destination series began when Flight 180 crashed in Final Destination (2000). (at around 1 min) At the race track, the victims are seated in area 180 (as shown on a sign behind them) and (at around 34 mins) the video camera footage briefly shows the number on the screen and (at around 1h 13 mins) a bus in the final scene is clearly marked on the roof as number 180.
(at around 19 mins) The racist is seen drinking Hice Pale Ale. This is the same brand of beer that was seen in Final Destination 2 and 3. In Final Destination 2 (2003) there is a drunk driver driving the Hice Pale Pale Beer truck before the pile-up, and in the third movie it drives past the drive-through behind Wendy and Kevin and squishes their truck against the wall. The name 'Hice' comes from the stunt coordinator Freddie Hice who did the stunt work for Final Destination 2.
(at around 13 mins) The coffee shop is called "Death by Caffeine", and naturally has several death related items on its menu. These include "Knocking On Death's Door Latte", "Iced Mocha Fatality", "Iced Vanilla Demise", "Frozen Chai Causality", "Last Exit Truffles", and "River Of Sticks Biscotti".
(at around 13 mins) During the scene after the opening credits, all of Nick's friends are in a coffee shop. In the background, there is a TV with the news with subtitles showing. Very briefly at one point the subtitles show the news anchorwoman talking about faulty amusement park equipment. The previous installment to this movie series (Final Destination 3 (2006)) focuses on a group of kids who survived a freak roller coaster accident at an amusement park.
(at around 29 mins) When the newspaper is read by the characters about the mother's death at the salon, a related story says a bus has crashed on HWY 180. 180 is the same name as the original plane in Final Destination (2000).
(at around 1h 13 mins) The "Aynx" City Bus in the last scene is actually called Lynx. It is the local bus transportation system for the city of Orlando and most of Central Florida. The last scene was re-shot in the New York section of the theme park Universal Studios Orlando.
(at around 29 mins) In the death scene with the mother and lawnmower, there is a newspaper stating the hair salon was called Lakeview. That was also the same name as the hospital in Final Destination 2 (2003).
Many characters are unnamed in the film but are given names in script such as Samantha Lane, Andy Kewzer (Mechanic), Nadia Monroy (Mechanic's Girlfriend), Carter and Cynthia Daniels (Racist and his wife) and Jonathan Groves (Cowboy).
(at around 6 mins) The company Bill Wall Leather is featured in most of David R. Ellis' films. In Final Destination 2 (2003) the character Evan Lewis wears a shirt with the name on it as does Eric Christian Olsen's character in Cellular (2004) and in this film the race car that help causes the accident is sponsored by it.
(at around 1h 15 mins) The name of the 'Brevig's' that Lori and Janet mention is named after the Visual Effects supervisor Eric Brevig who directed the New Cinema's previous 3D film Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) and also got a special thanks for his work in this film.
References to the unlucky number 13: (at around 18 mins) When Nick has his first vision, his alarm clock says "2:15". If you subtract the 2 from 15 it equals 13; (at around 1h 3 mins) The auditorium that Laurie and Janet go into is 13.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
at around 1h 1 min) When hit by the bus, George is in the middle of stating "My wife said that Deja Vu is like God's way of...", and then he's cut off by the impact. Some viewers wonder what the end of his sentence was going to be. The answer is that of a common expression, "...telling you that you are in the right place at the right time", hence the irony of the situation.
Hunt's death is reminiscent of the Chuck Palahniuk short story "Guts," which is about a boy whose intestines are sucked out by a pool filter's inlet pump when he sits on it. It is also similar to at least one real-life incident; in 2007 a young girl met the same fate and died in 2008 suffering complications after having had small bowel, liver and pancreas transplants.
Although entitled 'The Final Destination,' it is actually the fourth film in the franchise. If you go by the story of the films then this movie is considered as "The Final Destination" since Final Destination 5 served as a prequel to the first film.