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Popular Disney Springs attraction closing for refurbishment Sunday

Part of the fun of a Disney World getaway is a jaunt over to Disney Springs. It’s a nice break from the parks, and the shopping, entertainment and dining options are second to none.

There’s even a spectacular attraction at Disney Springs, especially if you threw off your fear of heights ages ago. It’s called the Aerophile balloon.

You can see it hovering above Disney Springs several times each day, weather permitting. It’s hard to miss; its vibrant colors complement the sunny skies over central Florida. (It’s blue and red now, but was recently yellow, blue and red.)

The Aerophile will be closing for refurbishment, beginning Sunday, October 17 and will reopen to the public on Thursday, October 28. We aren’t sure exactly what’s included in that refurbishment, but we look forward to the balloon being open to Guests again shortly.

We wonder if there are plans to repaint the giant balloon.

The Aerophile is a custom-built French balloon–specifically, the Aero30–and is filled with 210,000 cubic feet of helium. Its basket holds up to 29 people plus the pilot. Guests can board the balloon and ascend 400 feet or approximately 40 stories into the sky and enjoy an 8-minute ride.

Well, the balloon is tethered, and the only movement is 400 feet vertically, so “ride” is probably not the right word. But the spectacular views Guests are able to see on a clear day make this one of the can’t-miss experiences at Disney Springs. Sometimes, Guests can see as far as 10 miles away!

Tickets are $25 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $20 for children (ages 3 to 9). Children 2 and under are free.

Check the weather before you go if you’re planning to enjoy the Aerophile. If winds are high (more than 22 miles per hour), the balloon will not be operational.

If you’ve never experienced the Aerophile balloon at Disney Springs, be sure to do so on your next trip! The experience is unique, and the views are amazing!

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!