Nestled high in the sky at Disney Springs floats the Aerophile, the tethered hot air balloon. This experience allows guests to see up to 10 miles around Disney Springs on a clear day. When we were up in the balloon we could see the whole of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Icon Park in Orlando, among other Orlando landmarks.
The cost of the Aerophile is $25 for adults and $20 for kids ages 3-9. Kids ages 2 and under are free with a paying adult. You need to sign a waiver for each adult that is flying and add the minors to the adult waivers. Once, you have your tickets secured, you move towards the balloon. They put about 10-15 up in each trip in the balloon.
We waited about 30 minutes in the line to get our tickets and then almost walked onto the balloon. I went with my mother, daughter (age 8) and son (age 3). We had handrails to hold onto while up in the air, however, I held my son in my arms most of the trip. This was so he could see because he isn’t tall enough to reach the the netted opening to see. I would say we were up and floating for a good 7-10 minutes. When were were at the top, we were encouraged to look around by the pilot on board. Most people didn’t move as there isn’t much room to maneuver around the balloon. You can turn yourself around to see all the sights from any vantage point on the balloon. I don’t know if I’d call the views breathtaking because it’s not a glacier or a mountain range. However, for any Disney fan it is a unique experience to see the resort from high above.
The roughest part of the whole flight is the initial takeoff. The balloon does move a little with wind while up in the air. Again, there are hand rails to hold onto during all parts of your flight.
I’d like to say that their customer service was stellar. I had a Groupon for the Aerophile that I bought in 2015 that I’d never used, and they accepted the paid value for the Groupon. It was worth $20, so it paid for my daughter’s flight. It’s not that I never tried to use it. But, comically, every time I tried to, it was closed for weather, nearing weather, or high winds. My husband and I joked that I’d never be able to ride because the forces that he didn’t want me to. Perhaps my visiting mother was the key I needed for the experience.
Would I do it again? Probably not. Not because I didn’t like it, but because it’s a one time thing. The view isn’t going to change much. You’ll still see traffic on Interstate 4, Spaceship Earth, and the variance of Disney attractions and resorts. If you have the extra cash and want to see Disney from an aerial view; I’d recommend a one time ride on the Aerophile. My mother came off saying this was a one-time experience.
Have you ever done the Aerophile at Disney Springs? Let us know below in the comments!
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