Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • 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.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    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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