Five of the Coolest Things to Try on Your Next Walt Disney World Trip

5) Characters in Flight…Operated by Aerophile

Downtown Disney

Hot air and helium balloons are very popular in Orlando and the surrounding area. The problem is that those rides are expensive and are usually early in the morning. Disney has a solution, Characters in Flight. The red and yellow balloon is hard to miss, it can be seen from many places on and off of Disney property. The basket of the tethered balloon holds up to 29 people, and it travels 400 feet into the air. You’ll have a view that reaches ten miles away. The ride lasts about ten minutes, so you’ll then have plenty of time to explore Downtown Disney. Best of all, you’ll pay hundreds of dollars less than if you took the whole family on an early morning hot air balloon ride. Try to plan your flight around sunset for a stunning view. Characters in Flight does not fly in inclement weather, including winds.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.