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Characters in Flight

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Neighbourhood: Lake Buena Vista
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Address: 1501 E. Buena Vista Dr, Downtown Disney Area, West Side, Orlando, FL
Phone Number:
+1 407-933-9433
This attraction is at Walt Disney World

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A safe ride for someone wanting to experience a balloon ride

I sent my son up with my daughter and the trip lasted about 15 minutes. Cheap, fun for them and safe. Not on my to do bucket list.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
Voorhees, New Jersey
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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111 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I sent my son up with my daughter and the trip lasted about 15 minutes. Cheap, fun for them and safe. Not on my to do bucket list.

Thank BigTimeTravelFamily
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

While visiting Disney Springs hop on this huge basket and have a bird's eye view of Disney and Orlando. Although you don't actually fly...you kind of soar...

1 Thank WDW11
Woburn, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The Characters in Flight is tethered to the ground (which makes it VERY safe for those you might be a little frightened) and affords the "flyer" a magnificent view of Disney Springs.

Thank Snowrella
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Family day trip to Disney Springs. Spent some time shopping and dining, good time! Took a ride on the big balloon and it was great! We could see for miles, very much like a hot air balloon, but it only moves up and down. We all enjoyed it and we took many pics to share.

Thank Barry P
Bridlington, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Love this , done it a few times and has spectacular views over disney and orlando, Because it is tethered you feel very safe and is slight expensive but great experience. Flight man will take your pic for you whilst you are up there and it does get hot up there too

Thank Neil B
Middletown, Delaware
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184 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a very cool attraction where you can get a really unique view of the surrounding areas at Disney World. The balloon goes up over 400 feet in the air depending on the weather. I only wish the entire enclosure wasn't covered with a mesh for safely so you could get better photos. This is all for safety I... More 

Thank Carbs88
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Although it only lasted for around 10 minutes we were glad we paid $18 each for the experience. The pilot was friendly and kept us informed of when we were going to start ascending and descending. Unsure exactly how high we went because the height varies depending on the wind, but the views were fairly good. The main downside to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I have been to Florida 3 times now and we went to get on this so many times over those 3 trips and each time it's been close due to weather which I completely understand safety first!! But I am so sad I did t get to see the sights

1 Thank JMRH06
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145 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

It was a beautiful and hot Florida day. Waited about 20 minutes. The ride up is smooth. The entire attraction feels very safe. It was a bit breezy so we only went up to 300 feet and not the usual 400 feet. Views were amazing. We want to go back at night time. The ride does close during windy conditions.

3 Thank Cruiselover1963
Lake Butler, Florida
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58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

If you are looking for a fun ride and great view of Disney Springs this is your ride. I was so impressed by my view that I am itching to go back and try it again. Definitely worth the 20 minutes it took to ride.

1 Thank Rebecca B

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