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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Characters in Flight to open very soon at Downtown Disney

The fun soars to new heights at Downtown Disney West Side with an iconic new tethered balloon attraction, opening as soon as next week, that takes guests on ascents of up to 400 feet above the waterfront.

Characters In Flight operated by Aerophile is a 72-foot-diameter balloon with a whimsical design featuring silhouettes of a dozen of Disney’s “flying characters” – such as Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and Dumbo. The vibrantly colored balloon can lift up to 30 guests at a time on a six-minute trip – thanks to its enclosed volume of 210,000 cubic feet of lighter-than-air gas. The ascents, by day or night, provide guests with an unparalleled, 360-degree view of up to 10 miles.

Guests board a gondola beneath the 105-foot-high balloon from a landing platform on Village Lake at the end of the main promenade at Downtown Disney West Side. Riders can catch flights seven days a week. Hours Sunday-Thursday are 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. while ascents Friday-Saturday are 10:30 a.m.-midnight. Tickets ($16 for ages 10-up and $10 for ages 3-9) can be purchased on site. Availability is on first-come, first-serve basis.

2 comments:

Believes in Fairies said...

I saw ths while I was there last weekend and had thought about going on it if it was going up. I am looking forward to this.

-- Ryan P. Wilson said...

I am definitely planning on taking a flight when I am down later this month!

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