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Once In A Lifetime Experience at Characters In Flight

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A unique experience offered by Disney!

Characters In Flight is a unique experience offered by Disney and operated by Aerophile. You ascend an astonishing four hundred feet in the air to hover over Downtown Disney in the world's largest tethered helium balloon. It's a once in a lifetime experience that you definitely don't want to miss out on during your next trip to the Orlando area!


When you approach the ride, make sure you look around to see who you spot! Numerous characters, all of which are related to flying in some form, are painted in silhouette form on the enormous helium balloon. Just a few of the most noteworthy characters include Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Dumbo, Flora, Fauna, Merryweather, Mary Poppins, and Buzz Lightyear! There are so many more though, so make sure you take a close look!

The Balloon

The balloon you ride into the sky was custom built for Disney by a company headquartered in Paris, called Aerophile S.A. It was created to showcase the silhouettes of numerous Disney characters, and is filled with an astonishing 210,000 cubic feet of helium. The balloon's basket is nineteen feet in diameter, and can safely hold up to 29 people in addition to one pilot. The pilot is certified through Aerophile, so you can be sure you're in the safest of hands during your rise to the clouds.

The Experience

For between eight and ten minutes you'll be able to experience a breath-taking 360-degree view of Downtown Disney. Seeing what it looks like from 400 feet in the area is something you're not going to want to miss! You can see the awesome white peaked tents of the resident Cirque de Soleil theater, or grab a unique view of the surrounding Disney theme parks. You can even snag a glance of the awesomely enormous Epcot ball! You can see up to ten miles in any direction, so the views you are able to receive are unlimited!

Things You Should Know Before You Go

There are some limitations on the balloon which you should be aware of  before you take your flight. Anyone who is pregnant, or prone to vertigo, motion sickness, or heart problems shouldn't ride. Guests under nine aren't allowed to ride by themselves, and must be accompanied by someone over the age of eighteen. Bags, food,  drink, smoking, and strollers are also not permitted. These rules are in place so that you can have a safe, fun trip. You should also note that if wind speeds rise above 22 miles per hour, or if there is a storm, the balloon will be unable to take any trips.

Characters in Flight is located in Downtown Disney, at 1780 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 328330. You can call (407)939-6244 for more information.

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