Characters In Flight
Helium Balloon Ride at Downtown Disney Operated by Aerophile
Attraction Type: Tethered Helium Balloon
Location: Downtown Disney, West Side
Price: $16 for ages 10-up, $10 for ages 3-9
10 minutes from load to unload, 5 minutes in the air
Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-midnight
Current Weather at Downtown Disney
If wind speed > 10mph, Characters in Flight may not be operating.
The Characters in Flight helium balloon ride at Downtown Disney officially opened on April 21, 2009. The balloon, operated by Aerophile, takes up to thirty guests 400 feet in the air for around five minutes, providing 360-degree views of all of Walt Disney World and the surrounding Orlando area.
(see it here: Orlando Attractions Magazine - Characters in Flight by Aerophile at Downtown Disney)
In this video you can watch the balloon liftoff and land as well as take a virtual ride on the new attraction, showing you some of the incredible views it offers.
In addition, this video includes interviews with vice president of Downtown Disney Kevin Lansberry and general manager of Aerophile Erik Garcia, and a glimpse at the ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring vice president of operating partners Keith Bradford and 2009 Walt Disney World ambassador Vanessa Rosas.