My wife and I were visiting the Orlando area, and neither of us had flown in a helicopter before. We decided that since we both have always wanted to, we would cross that off of our list on this trip. We checked online to see what the several different helicopter tour operators in the area had to offer, and decided to go with Orlando Helicopter Tours after reading customer reviews and their tour offerings. We chose the Disney Spectacular Tour and booked it online through their website for the discounted rate. When we arrived at their location, some rain had just passed through, but it was clearing out nicely. We were greeted immediately by the guy at the counter. I wish we got his name so we could recognize him properly, but he was extremely friendly and accommodating, and helped to set the tone for what would be a great flight. There was one group ahead of us when we arrived, and after about a ten minute wait it was our turn to climb aboard and strap in. The guy who was working the counter escorted us out to the helicopter, and took several great photos with our camera for us, and then helped us get aboard the aircraft. Once inside, the pilot greeted us warmly and we were off! The flight was extremely smooth despite the unstable air in the area, and the narration of the tour was great. We flew over all of the Disney attractions except the Magic Kingdom, which is a designated no-fly zone, and circled back around to a smooth and safe landing. Prior to taking the trip, we noticed that reviews of other tour operators criticized the company for shorter flights than what were advertised, but that wasn't the case with this company. Our tour was advertised at 8-9 minutes, and we clocked in at just over 9 minutes. We thoroughly enjoyed our flight, and will definitely be planning on a longer one the next time we're in the area. If you're considering a helicopter tour, then I highly recommend this company to help you check that item off of your bucket list.
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