New Characters in Flight balloon soars 400 feet



Characters in Flight (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Characters in Flight (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Disney News: Lift off in the world’s largest tethered gas balloon

If you head to Downtown Disney, you’ll see a new Characters in Flight helium balloon floating above the dock. The new yellow, red and blue color scheme on the tethered balloon – Aéro30 - also features a new set of Disney characters.

The Characters

The new characters on the balloon that rises above you are:

  • Tinker Bell
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Jasmine and Aladdin
  • Peter Pan
  • Dumbo

The Flight

On Characters in Flight, you can float in the tethered helium balloon 400 feet in the air for about 8 to 10 minutes for a sweeping 360-degree view of Walt Disney World. If the weather is clear, you can see up to 10 miles away. This is a family-friendly activity but children that are under 12 years have to fly with an adult. If you’re in a wheelchair, you must use the ECV (Electric Convenience Vehicle) to transfer and then get special assistance to access the gondola.

The Balloon

Attached to a 19 foot gondola, up to 29 guests can rise in the world’s largest tethered gas balloon. Built and operated by Aérophile, the 72 foot diameter balloon has a volume of 210,000 cubic feet, a 240 foot circumference and is 105 feet high. Weather is a big factor on how many people can fit into the gondola, and, whether the flight will even happen.


  • Where: Downtown Disney Area, West Side
  • When: 8:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Cost: $18/adult; $12 Children 3 – 9; free/ 2 and under

Tell us…

Have you ever been in a hot air balloon?