Opening in April 2005, PanoraMagique is truly a great experience. Located on a permanent platform on Lake Disney is a large, brightly painted, helium filled balloon. Suspended beneath this marvel is a metal “cage” capable of carrying 30 guests high above the resort. This six minute ride takes you 100 meters (328 feet) into the sky for a magnificent view of the Disneyland Paris Resort and beyond. The balloon is tethered to a high-speed winch that silently controls your assent and decent. Once aloft, a 360° view is yours to enjoy. On a clear day you can see 20 kilometers (12½ miles).
PanoraMagique is operated by Aerophile, not Disney, and it requires a separate ticket. When I was there in 2005 the cost was 12€ but I’m sure prices have risen since then. Operation is dependent on weather conditions. Wind is a definite deterrent.
I’m not to keen on heights, but I didn’t hesitate for a minute to hop aboard and take some magnificent Disney photos. I would highly recommend budgeting some time during your trip to experience this unique adventure.
Balloon and Hotel New York
Balloon with Sequoia Lodge in the background
Disneyland Paris Park
Walt Disney Studios Park
Disneyland Hotel and Train Station
Hotel New York
Newport Bay Club
It was announced last year that a PanoraMagique-type balloon would be coming to WDW’s Downtown Disney as part of the Pleasure Island make-over. Since then, little information has been forthcoming. Only time will tell if the gloomy economy will delay or derail this new attraction.
In my next blog I’ll be discussing the Disney Village.
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