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Characters in Flight...Operated by Aerophile

Hot-air balloon floating in the sky at dusk

Downtown Disney® Area

Downtown Disney® West Side

Age Interest

Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults, All Ages

Price

Child USD $12.00
Adult USD $18.00

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Accessibility

  • Must Transfer to Wheelchair

Guest Policies

  • Expectant mothers should not ride.

Ascend 400 feet in the air as you hover over Downtown Disney area in the world’s largest tethered helium balloon.

Tethered hot-air balloon floats over Downtown Disney area at night

Fun and Fancy Free Flight

Float high in the sky in a hand-painted helium balloon, covered with classic flying Disney characters. As you approach the ride, see who you can spot, from Peter Pan and Tinker Bell to Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Dumbo, Buzz Lightyear and more!

Then, for 8 to 10 minutes, experience a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Downtown Disney area at Walt Disney World Resort. Soar high above the white peaked tents of the Cirque du Soleil Theater and get an all-new view of the theme parks and Resort hotels off in the distance—can you make out the Epcot ball?

About the Balloon
Custom-built for Disney by Paris-headquartered company Aérophile S.A., the Aéro30 illuminates to showcase the silhouettes of its beloved Disney characters and is filled with 210,000 cubic feet of helium. The balloon’s 19-foot-diameter basket holds up to 29 people plus one Aérophile-certified pilot per “flight.” Guests on board will be treated to stunning vistas up to 10 miles away!

Hot-air balloon floating in the sky at dusk

Know Before You Go

Check in for all necessary information, including Guest restrictions and wheelchair accessibility.

  • Maximum capacity is affected by wind speeds. The balloon will not fly if winds exceed 22 mph or if there is a storm. Please note that the balloon is tethered and will not travel beyond 400 feet at any time.
  • Bags, food and drink, smoking and strollers are not permitted. Guests must transfer from their motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair to experience this attraction.
  • Guests over 9 years of age are permitted to ride by themselves. However, children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 years of age or older).
  • Expectant mothers should not ride. This attraction is not recommended for those prone to motion sickness, vertigo, heart problems or any other condition that may be aggravated by flight.

A helium balloon covered with classic flying Disney characters hovers over Downtown Disney area

Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust

Get ready for the largest expansion in Downtown Disney history as the area transforms into Disney Springs!

At the present time, due to ongoing construction and limited parking availability, we highly recommend all Disney Resort hotel Guests take advantage of complimentary transportation options.

For Guests arriving in their own vehicles, please follow the signs to available parking—which may be located across the street from the Downtown Disney area. We suggest arriving at least 60 minutes in advance of all reservations and planned activities.

Learn more about current Downtown Disney parking options.

Hours

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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  • For assistance with your Walt Disney World visit, please call (407) 939-5277.
  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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