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6 Things to Know About Aerophile at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World

Have you noticed the huge blue balloon near Starbucks at Disney Springs? It’s certainly difficult to miss. The Aerophile tethered helium balloon is open to the public and offers 10-minute “flights” throughout the day. If you’ve never experienced this attraction, also referred to as “Characters in Flight,” you’re missing out. Here are six things to know about this fun family attraction.

6. The Aerophile balloon is big!

Everything is just bigger and better at Walt Disney World, and the Aerophile balloon is no different. The big blue balloon is the largest tethered helium balloon in the world. It holds 210,000 cubic feet of helium, and the gondola (basket) spans 19 feet in diameter. It can accommodate up to 29 Guests in addition to the Aerophile-certified pilot.

5. It was made just for Disney World.

Did you know the balloon is scheduled to change its design every four years? The most recent change took place at the start of 2017 and is the current blue color pallet you’ll see floating in the sky. The balloon before this one, and where the “Characters in Flight” originated, was designed and constructed specifically for Walt Disney World by Aerophile, S. A. in Paris, France. The balloon featured the silhouettes of different Disney characters whose stories involve flight—Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Buzz Lightyear, Dumbo, Aladdin and other beloved characters. While the current blue balloon is beautiful, we can’t help but miss the “Characters in Flight” balloon design.

4. The view is amazing!

From 400 feet up in the air, you and your family will enjoy breathtaking views of the Walt Disney World Resort, including the theme parks and Disney Springs. Visibility on a clear day can be up to 20 miles. The 360-degree view of everything around you is beautiful! Visibility is dependent on current weather conditions.

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3. You can get married in the balloon.

If you’ve ever dreamed of exchanging vows four stories up in the air, the Aerophile balloon is a great choice! Wedding packages are available and include an officiant, wedding florals for the bride and groom, a wedding coordinator and one hour of professional photography with unlimited shots. You can even add a limousine to the package, as well as professional videography and more. The wedding ceremony lasts 30 minutes, and you can invite up to 27 guests to share in your big day!

2. Discounts are available.

The cost for the 10-minute ride is $20 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $15 for kids (ages 3 to 9). Children ages 2 and under are free. But Aerophile does offer discounts. Take a flight before 10:00 a.m. and the cost is only $10 per person. Discount coupons are available online at www.charactersinflight.com, and occasionally, Groupon offers discounts on tickets.

1. Weather plays a big role.

If you’re planning to enjoy the Aerophile balloon at Disney Springs, be sure to check the weather forecast first. That’s because the balloon does not operate in inclement weather. This includes rain, thunderstorms, lightning storms and high winds.

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.