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    • Characters in Flight - Downtown Disney

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        100% of reviewers 9.0
      • Description: NOTE: As of early July 2012: The Characters in Flight Balloon Rides have been suspended indefinitely. According to General Manager Todd Jolley : "After an incident at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Aerophile decided to suspend operations of the balloons at Downtown Disney Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris, so we can conduct inspections."


        Imagine an eagle's-eye view of the Downtown Disney area, with sweeping, 10-mile panoramas of Lake Buena Vista and environs. Downtown Disney greets summer guests with a new iconic attraction in the form of a giant tethered balloon – Aerophile – that will take guests 300 feet into the air from the waterfront. The 72-foot-diameter balloon can lift up to 30 guests at a time on a six-minute "flight," by day or night.



        Fact Sheet
        http://allears.net/btp/ddballoon.htm


        Grand Opening Blog with lots of photos:
        http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/walt_disney_world/downtown_disney/characters_in_flight/


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    • momof2disneyboys

      Registered: February 2007
      Location: PA
      Posts: 31
      Review Date: Sat June 16, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

       
      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Awesome views
      Cons: Wish is was longer

       
      My family and I finally got to enjoy this in May! We go to Disney at least once a year and usually go to Downtown Disney about 2-3 times per trip. So after 3 years of waiting, the hot air balloon finally happened to be open when we were at Downtown Disney!! It was an amazing experience . My husband and I, as well as our 2 kids (10 & 13) really enjoyed it. There were only a few other families on our ride, so there was a lot of room to move around and get lots of great pictures. The whole experience lasted about 10 minutes. For the cost it would be nice if it lasted about another 5 minutes! I definitely recommend that everyone rides it at least once!
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      devon117

      Registered: April 2012
      Location: Virginia
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Sat April 28, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

       
      Positive aspects of the product (pros): amazing views
      Cons: wish it was a little longer

       
      We did the Characters in Flight on April 26th in the morning which was a perfect time. There were only three other passengers on it with me and my son. The pilot was very friendly and knowledgable. I was a little nervous because I can be a little height sensitive but it was very smooth and didn't bother me at all. My 7 year old thought it was the most amazing thing ever and wanted to do it again. It offers spectacular views of the Disney area. My only complaint would be that I wish it were just a little bit longer of a ride but other than that definitely would do it again!
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