Characters in Flight is an attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Visitors can board this tethered hot air balloon from a landing platform on Village Lake at the end of the main promenade at Downtown Disney West Side. The attraction is open from 10.30am to 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 10.30am to midnight Fridays and Saturdays weather permitting.
The flight is operated by Aerophile and passengers rise 400 feet above the waterfront in the 72-foot diameter tethered balloon, which is the largest of its kind in the world. Up to 29 guests and the pilot can enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of the Walt Disney World Resort. In addition to this the passengers will see silhouettes of characters from some of the Disney films such as Mary Poppins, Dumbo and Aladdin across the surface of the internally illuminated balloon.
The 19-foot diameter gondola is wheelchair accessible with assistance and guests must transfer from an Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV). People of all ages can join the flight but those 12 years of age all less must be accompanied by an adult. The resort features many other character related attractions as well as restaurants for the whole family to enjoy.