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Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride And See Disney World From The Air!

Oct 28, 2007
If you are looking for the ultimate view of Disney World and the Orlando area then you should get up early in the morning and take a balloon ride. Every morning at sunrise a one hour balloon flight begins, flies over the whole area giving participants an amazing panoramic view and ends with a champagne toast and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

Here are some more details about this fascinating experience. The whole process starts at 6:00 AM with a flight briefing and then everyone heads off to one of the more than 25 launch locations in the Orlando area. Passengers can watch the inflation of the hot-air balloon and once the flight begins the pilot points out all the attractions that can be seen below.

Now in case you are wondering, the balloons carry either four, six or nine passengers. The size of the balloon depends on how many bookings there are for a particular day. So you do have to make your reservation in advance.

A frequently asked question is "will we fly over Disney World?" That depends on the wind conditions. The flight direction is determined by the wind, but on most days you can see Disney World and the other parks of the area.

You don't have to bring a sweater because you will not be cold when the balloon rises. These are hot air balloons and you will be six to eight degrees warmer in the balloon. You are advised to wear comfortable shoes as you will have to walk in cow pastures and hay fields as these are the areas where the take off and landing points are located.

The tour operators recommend that you bring your cameras and videos, and if you are using film, then take twice as much as you would normally take, because the views are spectacular and you will want to shoot to your heart's content.

For this kind of activity safety is of the utmost importance. The company which organizes these flights has been flying 250-275 flights per year with four to thirty passengers every day, for over 18 years and has a perfect safety record. "We don't take any chances," is how they explain it.

These flights only take place when there is good weather. You should make your reservation in advance and call the night before to check to see whether the flight will actually take place. Most of the time the operators know in advance whether the flight will be OK for the next day. Occasionally flights are canceled at the launch site when there is a late change in weather conditions.

If you are already sold on this then here are some important details. The cost of the flights are approximately (check with operators for the latest prices) as follows: Adults - $175 per person, Children (10-15) age - $95 per child and children under nine fly free with each paying adult.

You can get more information and make your reservations by calling this number: 407 415 7283
So there you have it! If you want to know what it is like to be up in the air with the birds, and want to see all of Orlando, then make your reservation for a hot air balloon ride.
About the Author
Mark Whichard is a frequent writer on Orlando tourism. He and his wife Susan are the proprietors of Orlando's Finest Vacations Homes. Visit his website for information on Orlando Vacation Homes. http://www.qualityvillarentals.com
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