Walt Disney World’s Character in Flight Will Have a New Name

There is a massive helium-filled balloon that flies high over Disney Springs each day, currently known as Character in Flight.  We have learned that the balloon will now have a new name.  The new name will be “Aerophile – The World Leader in Balloon Flight”.  This name comes from the French company that actually manufactured and provides the daily operation of the balloon.  The name change isn’t a complete surprise since the balloon was completely redesigned earlier this year.  With the new design, it removed all Disney characters from the exterior of the balloon.  The name didn’t make much sense anymore without characters on it.

This new name change is now reflected on the Walt Disney World website, maps and other materials associated with the now “Aerophile – The World Leader in Balloon Flight”.  The balloon flies every day at Disney Springs, weather permitting.  There is a charge per person to take a flight and go hundreds of feet in the air overlooking Walt Disney World.  Guests are completely caged in during their flight, and multiple parties go together at a time.  The balloon is helium-filled and not a hot air balloon, which is a popular misconception.  The balloon is refilled with helium every few months to ensure it can safely fly.

What do you think of this new name?  It isn’t very “Disney” themed and neither is the balloon design, which was disappointing.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at http://magicalvacationplanner.com/staff/christy-caby/ or look for me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christy.caby. Have a magical day!