Orlando Balloon Rides

On many mornings while staying at our villa we have been woken by a strange sound above our rooftop.  We soon realised that it was the gentle roar of the hot air burner in a balloon being fired up.  What an impressive sight they make, so for our 15th Wedding Anniversary we booked a hot air balloon flight with Blue Water Balloons.  It cost about £100 each so we wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t a special occasion.  Flights go every morning from the Disney area (weather permitting).

It is an early start as you need to be ready to fly at Dawn.  We met the team and other flyers at one of the hotels on the 192, where we were then taken to our departure site.  The balloon was inflated while we all boarded the basket and enjoyed photo opportunities.  There were about 8 of us plus the pilot in the basket.  About 5 other balloons went out with us.  I’m not an early bird but it is worth it.  It is the most relaxing and interesting way to view Florida.  You get a real understanding of how much greenery, water and swamp land there is.  We flew for an hour and were extremely lucky in the fact that we flew right over our villa and then landed further down the US27 in a farmer’s field.

We then met up with the other balloons which were out that morning for a champagne toast before returning to the hotel were we set off from to have a full buffet breakfast.  This was also where we received our flight certificates.

Thoroughly recommended for any special occasions that you might celebrate in Florida.


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