Characters in Flight

Characters in Flight balloon ride at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

The Characters in Flight tethered balloon ride at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida takes guests 300 feet (92m) in the air. The red and yellow balloon is 72 feet in diameter (22m) and is adorned with Disney characters who fly like Mary Poppins, Dumbo the flying elephant and Peter Pan.  I took a ride this week and got these aerial photos of the surrounding area. Rides cost $18 for adults and $12 for kids ages 3-9.

View from Characters in Flight balloon of Downtown Disney and surrounding hotels.

View from Characters in Flight balloon of Downtown Disney and surrounding hotels. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

Disney's Westside entertainment complex looking through the tether hole of the Characters in Flight balloon.

Disney's Westside entertainment complex looking through the tether hole of the Characters in Flight balloon. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

Saratoga Springs Walt Disney World Resort from the Characters in Flight tethered balloon.

Saratoga Springs Walt Disney World Resort from the Characters in Flight tethered balloon. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

I waited until just after sunset for the ride to get a good balance of the lights and the sky.

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15 Responses to Characters in Flight

  1. SOOO cool! (And so much cheaper than the $250 rides at the local balloon festival! 😉 )

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  2. Sybil says:

    Wonderful Scott. How exciting !

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  3. Dave Kliment says:

    These are great Scott! I got some daytime shots from the balloon but these night shots are gorgeous. Looks like the weather is perfect for your trip. (jealous…)

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  4. milkayphoto says:

    STILL can’t believe we haven’t done this yet! (Well, in our defense, the one time we did go, it was ‘closed for refurbishment’). You picked a lovely time of day to go!

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  5. Boris Beckert says:

    Very nice Scott! I’m impressed by how you are able to anticipate the timing on these things — I’m always such a spur of the moment guy. Rock on — Boris.

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  6. Karma says:

    What great photos – and sounds like great fun! I especially love the first shot. (don’t you just love how 10 year olds are considered adults at WDW? Got to be the only place in the world!)

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  7. Preston says:

    That looks like a lot of fun. What a great photo opportunity.

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