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.
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