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  • On May 26, 2010
    Pamela from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How do u feel about the balloon ride at Downtown Disney? Is it worth visiting? I am visiting w/ an 11&7 yr old. I cant decide if its worth paying to ride. Thanx-the panel has helped me SO much in my planning! I cannot wait for my trip-only 2 more mon

    Hi Pamela,

    I LOVE Characters in Flight & consider myself a frequent flyer! The helium filled balloon is tethered to a platform & can ascend up to 400 ft depending on weather conditions. The gondola holds up to 29 people & the pilot which is also dictated by the weather. The flight including ascending & descending lasts approximately 10 minutes. On my last flight we got to hang out a couple of extra minutes because no one was waiting in line - just part of the Disney magic. There are no height or age restrictions but I wouldn't recommend it to people with a fear of heights. Unlike hot air balloons, this balloon is very quiet. Its so smooth, you can't even feel it going up or coming down. Click here to see a video featuring Moms Panelist Cathy & her family on CIF.

    As of 5-31-10, tickets are $18 for adults (ages 10 & up), $12 for children (ages 3 - 9) & guests 2 or under are free. Prices include tax. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are purchased near the loading zone (near Planet Hollywood). They do not take reservations - you purchase your tickets & wait in line until its your turn to board. I recommend getting there early as the lines can get long fast - but its worth the wait.

    A company called Aerophile operates CIF. There have been at least 2 pilots on duty each time I've flown. They were all super nice & told us lots of interesting info. The day & night flights are different experiences. If you're lucky enough for your night flight to be timed just right, you might even catch a glimpse of the fireworks. Be sure you take your camera & binoculars.

    I highly recommend CIF. It may not be something you'll do every visit but something everyone should experience at least once. Wishing you magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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