For a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, check out hot-air ballooning high over Central Florida. The Orlando area is home to nearly a dozen hot-air ballooning companies, a couple of which are listed below.
Blue Water Balloons | Bob’s Balloon Charters | Characters in Flight | Magic Sunrise Ballooning | Orange Blossom Balloons | Orlando Balloon Rides | Painted Horizons Hot Air Balloon Tours | Thompson Aire, Inc.
BLUE WATER BALLOONS
566 Buckminster Circle, Orlando, Florida
Billed as “Orlando’s premiere hot air ballooning destination,” Blue Water Balloons offers daily (weather permitting) one-hour hot air balloon rides in the Kissimmee/Walt Disney World area. Reservations are required.
BOB’S BALLOON CHARTERS
425 Fairvilla Road, Orlando, Florida
Champagne flight specials are available through Bob’s Balloon Charters, which offers customized hot-air balloon rides in the Orlando, Kissimmee and Walt Disney World areas. Reservations are required. For more information about Bob’s Balloon Rides, visit www.bobsballoons.com.
CHARACTERS IN FLIGHT
Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Operated by Aerophile, Characters in Flight is a giant tethered balloon that provides a bird’s-eye view 400 feet above Downtown Disney! For more information about Characters in Flight at Walt Disney World Resort, visit www.disneyworld.com/charactersinflight.
MAGIC SUNRISE BALLOONING
Magic Sunrise Ballooning offers hot air ballooning adventures daily (weather permitting). Reservations are required. For more information about Magic Sunrise Ballooning, visit www.magicsunriseballooning.com.
ORANGE BLOSSOM BALLOONS
P.O. Box 22908, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the real Florida with Orange Blossom Balloons! It’s the thrill of a lifetime! Orange Blossom Balloons offers sunrise flights seven days a week with a complimentary buffet breakfast and champagne. Hotel pick-up is available. Reservations are required.
ORLANDO BALLOON RIDES
7769 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Florida
Enjoy a hot air balloon adventure in the Disney World vicinity with Orlando Balloon Rides. For more information about Orlando Balloon Rides, visit www.orlandoballoonrides.com.
PAINTED HORIZONS HOT AIR BALLOON TOURS
7741 Hyacinth Drive, Orlando, Florida
Painted Horizons features hot air ballooning in the Disney World vicinity and surrounding countryside. Call ahead for reservations.
THOMPSON AIRE, INC.
13825 Avalon Road, Winter Garden, Florida
For the “tour of a lifetime,” check out Thompson Aire, which provides hot air ballooning in the Disney World area. Call ahead for reservations.
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