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“Smaller is Better...in Balloon Companies”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Thompson Aire

Thompson Aire
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Owner description: This is one of those DO NOT MISS attractions. 7 days a week at sunrise Thompson Aire offers Hot Air Balloon flights in the Disney world area. A three to four hour adventure that will have you talking about it the rest of your life. Float effortlessly over the tree tops and see the real Florida from literally a birds eye view! See areas of swamps and forest untouched by human hands. Wildlife is everywhere and photo opportunities are endless. Flight program is offered each morning at sunrise and includes a pre-flight briefing with the pilot, a one hour flight, Champagne ceremony, full buffet breakfast and first flight certificate. Reservations are required. Book online. Reduced rates for ages 10 to 15 and children 9 and under are FREE with a full paid adult.
New York, USA
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Smaller is Better...in Balloon Companies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

You can immediately tell at your first handshake with Captain Jeff that you're in for a special event. His passion for, well, his passion is evident from the start. We were fortunate to have a small group of just 4 plus Jeff. A quick orientation off to the van and we were in the air within 40 minutes. There were a bunch of other balloons leaving from the same field and it as Iike watching a cattle car load up. The must have been 16-18 people in the gondolas and you have to wonder what sort of experience that was. We loved the personal attention and direct interaction with Capt Jeff. The champagne toast and breakfast afterwards were equally good. What a magnificent experience with a very gifted pilot!!!

Visited August 2012
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The real Ballooning experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

A massive thanks to Capt Jon Thomson and his team of professionals.

This was my first balloon flight and the whole experience from start to finish was excellent.
We set out early in the morning before the sun came up for a short drive to our take off field. It was great for us adults and children to help in setting up and inflating the balloon.

When take off time came we saw the larger "tourist " balloons leaving from the same field and they were off (straight up and away) take a big zoom lens.

We posed for a photo then lifted gracefully off, it was then that the flight became special as we could talk to and quiz pilot Jon on his vast Ballooning knowledge and listen to the bad Jokes. He soon dipped down and literally skimmed along the water (and I mean inches away), this was followed later with a skim along the tree tops (we could see the spiders in their webs) a real demonstration of skilled balloon control. The whole flight was both exciting and serene.

We landed perfectly then assisted packing away before finding a shady spot for the Champagne/Orange toast a balloonists prayer and some interesting history about the origins of balloon flight. A short drive after and it was a full hot buffet breakfast (special thanks to the Omelette chef) and an opportunity to chat about our experience before we received our first flight certificates. ....If you are looking to take a hot air balloon ride then I can't possibly imagine you would find a better experience than Thompson Aire.

Rick Welburn

Visited July 2012
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“30th Birthday in the sky!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

My mom, daughter, and I took a Hot Air Balloon ride for my 30th Birthday! There are many companies to choose from, but we chose Thompson Aire because they sounded like the best...and they ARE! Everyone was so friendly, helpful, funny, and made my Birthday Balloon ride very special! John, Jeff, and Patrick were awesome! The Breakfast buffet was superb as well! There was an omlette station and everything! The morning pick up was definitely worth it. This was an amazing experience and I'm so glad we chose Thompson Aire!!!

Visited June 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wedding in the sky!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

My husband Neil and I got married in a balloon above Orlando in April, and we are SO happy we choose Thompson Aire Balloons. They made us feel welcome and safe and really included us in the entire process. These guys are profesional,friendly, fun, and above all else these guys have a passion for flying these balloons! Jeff the "flight captain" made our wedding day truely magical.

Overall the experience was perfect, from the weather to the company. I would recommend this to EVERYONE, locals and visitors.

Visited April 2012
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Reston, Virginia
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“These folks are the BEST!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

We booked a balloon ride for our daughter's 16th birthday and we could not have been more pleased. Thompson Aire is run by very experienced knowledgable people and very friendly folks who explain everything that is going on and a lot about the history and mechanics of ballooning. This was really the highlight of our entire trip and I highly recommend Thompson Aire!

Visited March 2012
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