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Characters in Flight

1501 E. Buena Vista Dr, Downtown Disney Area, West Side, Orlando, FL (Lake Buena Vista)
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Ranked #65 of 196 attractions in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
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Naples, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It's a nice ride at an affordable price. $18 for an adult and $12 for a child. But looks much more thrilling than it really is. Beautiful view from above. Ride last 10 minutes. In a windy day this ride gets really scary.

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Pratt
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14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My husband talked me into doing this attraction (not a fan of heights) did it and I am glad that I did but I was ready to be back on the ground. We did this early in the morning and it was a bright sunny day and you could see for miles. It was interesting to see all of the... More

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dolphin110173
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I had seen this at downtown Disney many times and have always been scared to do it but I decided to just go for it it was around 8 in the evening we had a great view could see Epcot and the lights of Kissimmee and Orlando. I was scared but I am so glad me and my daughter had... More

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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61 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

$18 for a 10 minute flight seems a bit too high but the wonderful view of Downtown Disney and the neighbouring parks as well more than make up of for it. This is not a hot air balloon as the balloon was tethered to the ground by a sturdy cable which brings the balloon up and down. Definitely a next... More

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Barrie, Canada
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I have been on this balloon during the day and during the night. I found night time to be scarier for some reason. I loved it though. Wish it moved around a bit. Just goes up and then back down. I could see tower of terror and Epcot though. My hubby was pretty scared. Lol.

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Grafton, Massachusetts
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Let me start off my saying that I am terrified of heights and cannot even climb a ladder without getting extremely nervous. My boyfriend really wanted to do this and wanted me to go with him so I put my big girl pants on and reluctantly agreed after telling him that if I die I will forever haunt him in... More

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London Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I'm not one for heights but figured since this balloon is on a string, what could possibly go wrong? It was very enjoyable and I felt that the pilot knew exactly what he was doing. 400 feet feels like a long way up, but the views of the Disney acreage are amazing! You can see the EPCOT geodome, Tower of... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We've wanted to do this on previous visits. The balloon had always been tethered due to adverse weather, even when the skies were bright blue! Third time lucky and we managed to go up. Great views, and CM pointing out different things, you are free to walk around and up for about 10 minutes. It was $18 for adults. Glad... More

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Rolesville, NC
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I have been wanting to try this for the past few years, but could not see paying full price. So I jumped on a chance when I found a Groupon that was basically 2 for the price of one. $40 for my family of 4..had we paid full price my review may be different. At any rate, we went up... More

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Chicago, IL
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156 reviews 156 reviews
102 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My group tried on two separate days to get onto the Characters in Flight balloon ride at Downtown Disney, and both times the ride was closed "due to wind". One worker said that it is better to come in the mornings and that flights at night may or may not go up. They were willing to take people down to... More

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