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“Sorry... but too many $’s for too short a ride.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Characters in Flight

Characters in Flight
Ranked #76 of 419 things to do in Orlando
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Lakeland, Florida
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215 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Sorry... but too many $’s for too short a ride.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney
Sorry but too many $’s for too short a ride.

You definitely want to call before going if your objective is the balloon ride as operation is frequently shut down due to weather conditions. I had called several times Tuesday and Wednesday to ask if the ride was operational and each time I was told it might be up later in the day or evening. I called again about 7:00 PM and was told they were operating so we (wife and some friends from Kentucky) headed over. Parking was filling up fast and the whole of Downtown Disney was awash with people. Looked like Disney on a busy evening. We walked around a bit and then headed to the balloon. Arrived at 8:30 and got in a not too long of a line. I was hoping to get on the balloon at 9:00 but it wasn’t looking promising as the balloon was up and down fairly fast. Turns out the whole ride only last 10 minutes from takeoff to touchdown. I don’t know how many it can hold but this evening (possibly due to wind) they were only taking small groups of 6 or 8.

We couldn’t have timed it better as we lifted off at 9:01 PM (4/9/14) and were able to see a few minutes of the EPCOT fireworks. The balloon swayed a little in the wind and we were told to ‘hang on’; however, other than a little rocking it wasn’t rough. My wife was afraid she would get motion sick (almost refused to get on) but once on she did fine.

Other than being able to say ‘I rode the Characters In Flight Balloon’ the 10 minute (total time) flight cost too much for what it is. Yes, the ride is OK and the view is nice, however, it’s over before it begins.

Visited March 2014
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Lisburn, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Great way to see the views of Downtown Disney and Orlando area. After rising to 350ft the pilot was great pointing out the landmarks visible from the balloon including Spaceship Earth at Epcot and Tower Of Terror at Hollywood studios. We took a day flight and a night flight both highly recommended. Reasonable ticket prices too.

Visited May 2013
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Arnold, Missouri, United States
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104 reviews
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“How do your balloon ride over downtown Disney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

What a great idea to see downtown Disney from the air! Reasonable ticket prices and a fun ride. You could see all over Orlando from the balloon at 350 feet high... But you were tethered to the dock. Really great family fun!

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allen
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43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Highlight of the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

I was a little nervous about going up since I do get motion sickness and have some fear of height. None of it mattered this was a magical experience. We went in early evening so landmarks were still visible. It was amazing. The pilot did a great job letting us know what to expect with the balloon as well as pointing out interesting sights. Highly recommend especially with the groupon available.

Visited March 2014
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Dumont, New Jersey
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48 reviews
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“Nightime Fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

The late night weather was perfect so we, four adults, ventured to the "Characters in Flight" balloon ride. So fun and the bright light sites were so nice!! Well worth the $18, I think. Pilot was very nice and knowledgeable. Would definitely do it again even during the day. Too windy all the other times we were in Downtown Disney, so the ride was closed. We even purchased a professional picture since it was late at night and we wanted it to come out good with the lights. The picture is perfect! Exciting ride!

Visited March 2014
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