Characters In Flight Returns to Downtown Disney with New Balloon and New Look

Characters in Flight Lifts Off

After an accident with a similar balloon in Hong Kong, the Downtown Disney Characters in Flight Balloon ride closed on July 1st of this year. The balloon had been scheduled for replacement soon, but they just took it off line out of precaution earlier.

Characters in Flight Lifts Off

This week the new Characters in Flight balloon began soaring above Downtown Disney. The tethered helium balloon features a fresh design, including a red, yellow and blue color scheme, adorned with a new set of flying characters: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Buzz Lightyear, Dumbo, Jasmine and Aladdin. From 400 ft. up in the air, guests get a breathtaking 360-degree view of Walt Disney World Resort for approximately 8 – 10 minutes. The daily hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to midnight, weather permitting.

Would you feel safe going up in the balloon after the Hong Kong accident even in a new balloon?

(Photos courtesy Disney, Gene Duncan, photographer)

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3 Responses to Characters In Flight Returns to Downtown Disney with New Balloon and New Look

  1. S.B. says:

    Definitely. There wasn’t even an issue with the one in Downtown and they immediately took it down and replaced it to ensure the saftey of their guests. I am sure they have gone to great lengths testing the new balloon to protect it’s riders.

  2. Even though there was probably nothing wrong with it, it’s always good to refurbish the attractions. It was a pretty bad accident in Hong Kong, so I don’t blame them for being cautious.

  3. Carol.Cox@centerstone.org says:

    I took my kids ages 7 and 9 up in the balloon on October 10th. It was a wonderful experience! Got to see Epcot and MK fireworks while in flight. Felt perfectly safe and it was a windy night!

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