There is nothing quite as peaceful and all at once awe-inspiring as taking in the sights of Kissimmee from a hot air balloon.
Soaring elegantly above the city, feeling the cooling breeze in your hair, it is an experience that will truly carry you away.
Hot air balloon rides offer a sense of freedom and adventure that is unlike any other.
Sit back and relax as your skilled FAA-licensed pilots effortlessly command their craft, floating at various altitudes and gliding with gentle breezes.
A hot air balloon ride will help to bring all of your dreams of flight to a fun-filled reality.
Whether taking advantage of the vintage romance of floating silently above the ground to pop the question to your sweetheart, or taking the opportunity to capture some incredible photographs of Orlando and the surrounding areas from the sky, a hot air balloon ride is sure to be an experience you won’t soon forget.
Safety is the number one priority of our hot air balloon operators, and all of our pilots are trained and licensed by the FAA.
Members of staff go out of their way to not only ensure your safety during the flight but to also ensure that you are perfectly comfortable for the duration of your hot air balloon ride.
Your pilot will give you and the other guests in your party a safety briefing so that you know what to expect on your journey.
Rides are offered every day of the week, year-round.
The only exceptions that could put a damper in your plans would be if the weather conditions are not favorable.
With our commitment to the highest levels of safety, we carefully monitor weather conditions in order to ensure that we only take flight when we can ensure the safety of our guests, our staff, and our crafts.
With an approximate 6am start, you’ll be able to take in the magic of this beautiful part of Florida, watching as the sun rises and as the world below you stirs to life.
The three-hour journey that takes you across some beautiful terrain, and has you flying at 2,000ft above the ground, you’ll see breathtaking views that not many are privileged enough to see on their trips to Orlando.
Take in nature’s beauty from above, with inspiring views and the honest raw beauty of Orlando, Kissimmee and other surrounding areas.
On clear days you may just be able to spot Walt Disney World and some of the other theme parks that make this part of the world such a world-class destination.
Hot air balloon rides aren’t just for the romantic couple.
They are also a great choice for every other member of the family.
Take the children on a ride that they won’t soon forget, or give grandparents the opportunity of a lifetime while also fulfilling their dreams of being able to soar high above the ground.
Reserve your flight today!
Orlando Balloon Ride Reservation 2014
Adults - $185 per person.
Child Age 4-10 $95 per child.
Orlando Balloon Ride Reservation 2015
Adults Ages 11 + $195 per adult (Monday - Friday Flights).
Child Age 4-10 $99 per child (Monday - Friday Flights).
Adults Ages 11 + $225 per adult (Saturday - Sunday Flights).
Child Age 4-10 $109 per child (Saturday - Sunday Flights).
Orlando Hot Air Balloon Ride Review:
This was going to be a great day to journey over the earth in a hot air balloon. I was glad to be flying with such a charming company from the Orlando area. At 6:05 a.m. a white weather balloon was sent up to check the winds from the hotel's parking lot. The small white balloon headed upward and outward against the black morning sky in the northeast direction, giving the flight crew a good idea as to where to launch from and where to land. We were told that it was essential to pick the launch and landing locations before a flight began. The winds were in our favor, we were going to fly over Disney World.
After all the introductions were made between flight crew, chase crew and passengers, we loaded up in the vans with baskets attached, and headed off in the opposite direction of the small white weather balloon. We drove over to the launch site, travelling in a caravan of 7 vehicles. By 6:15 we arrived at a church parking lot.
Before I could set my camera up again, I missed my second shot - the launch of a small black balloon used to check the winds at the launch site. At this time a few more vehicles with flight crews and passengers appeared. Everyone was busy; baskets were unloaded, two-way radios given out to the pilots and the chase crews, envelopes were unfolded, and the fans and heaters set up and humming. Preflight checks and preparations in motion, I milled about among the other passengers, chatting and taking as many ground photos in the semi-darkness as possible before our safety briefing.
A few minutes later, the company owner, Mr. Edwards gave us a safety briefing. He told us what we should be aware of during our flight and our responsibility as passengers. The most important items were to be aware of power lines and to alert the pilot of such, and to bend your knees slightly and hold on during landings. And of course, "do not get off the ride until it has come to a complete stop". Now where have I heard that line before?
Soon we were fully briefed and assigned to a pilot. I looked up to see the first few hot air balloons take to the clear sky; the impression was exciting. By now there was enough light to take pictures and I snapped away. Upon close inspection, the sheer size of the balloons (envelopes) and the solid sternness of the riding baskets were spectacular and fabulous, even as they were laid about on the ground getting prepped and readied to go up.
In no time flat our balloon was full of hot air and the basket was turned upright for boarding and flight. As we climbed on board and got situated, our pilot, Bob, explained to us that we would be flying over the park at 1,000 feet and if we were to pass over the Animal Kingdom we would be required to fly at 2,000 feet. Finally, we are in the air in our round Dolphin decorated, purple and aqua blue hot air balloon.We learn from Bob that all hot air balloons are numbered and regulated by the FCC. The fuel required for this trip is only 20 gallons, but 40 are on hand (just in case).
It is now 7 a.m. between talking to us and steering, Bob keep close radio contact with the chase crew as well as the other pilots.Ever so often we can hear the comments via the radio from the hunters camped in the fields below us. I must mention it was very peaceful and quiet at this altitude, and warm enough for me to take off my goose-down jacket.
Of course the flight was absolutely everything I did not expect. Quiet, warm and a "window on the World" like no other I have ever seen before. No wonder hot air ballooning is becoming the most popular event to be at to celebrate occasions, such as special meetings, birthdays, rendezvous and weddings. What atmosphere! Bob steered us over Disney World with great ease. You talk about a beautiful, breathtaking view of the world...Disney World in its glory from 1,000 feet. The balloon changed direction ever so slightly, as I snapped photos of the trailing balloons mirrored in the lakes below for a double exposure.
A few good to know facts, we learned from our pilot, centered on how important steering was, especially with wind changes. He told us during the flight that racing balloons follow a non-changing constant path of travel, that this envelope was new and made in South Dakota. And that we were very lucky that the winds made it possible for us to be flying over Disney World. Mother Nature had smiled on our day. This flight plan does not happen often. He told us to look below and take note that there were no round silos below us. He said they were removed because concerned parties in the community wanted to make sure the cows got a square meal. We also learned that he was a firefighter, and his wife, who is a school teacher will be qualifying for her hot air balloon pilot's license soon.
Ahead of our balloon we could see the others enroute to their respective landing sites. Cheerful as ever, Bob found the perfect landing site for us somewhere along US 27 and 192. As we got closer, I saw signs for Polk County and Orange Lake Country Club.I also saw the caravans with the chase crew driving in the direction of our pending landing area, in what one would call moderate haste, to meet us on touch down.As we got closer, people were waving and sending greetings of Good Morning to us and we did the same back to them.
It was exactly 8 a.m. My knees were bent and I was hanging on, prepared to meet the beautiful horizon below. Bob gently guided the balloon down to a sweet soft patch. Not one bump on the ground, he put that basket down like a feather on a pillow. Once out of the basket we all become part of the post-flight ground chase crew. We held the basket down from the outside, in order for each passenger to disembark. The pilot stayed at the helm, the last one to leave the basket. The chase crew quickly moved about walking out, folding and packing the envelope and carried the basket to the van. It was at that time I noticed the silver horseshoe attached to the side of Bob's basket.
Everything loaded in the van, we headed out of the orange grove to the location for the marvelous champagne breakfast celebration they had prepared for us. Everyone expressed a desire to do it again. The thrill of the morning flight was shared during the post flight celebration.
I can see clearly why Hot Air Ballooning is sightseeing at its best, and strongly suggest others to venture out into the wide blue yonder, just to get away from it all, if only for an hour or two. Sunset or Sunrise, it is time well spent.
Thank you for a memorable hot air balloon ride over Disney , fellow balloonist, chase crew and guest passengers.
Hot Air Balloon FAQ'S
Q. Where do we meet?
A. Orlando Balloon Rides Welcome Center
44294 US Highway 27, Davenport, FL 33837.
Q. When do we fly?
A. At sunrise 7 days a week(weather permitting)
Q. Do you fly at any other time?
A. No, sunrise is the only time of day the weather will allow us to fly in Florida.
Q. How often do you have to cancel a flight?
A. We fly between 250 and 270 flights a year.
This averages about 5 flights per week.
Even with this average we still must cancel flights occasionally do to inclement weather.
Choose a day early in your trip so as to have backup days available just in case.
Q. How many people can go in a balloon?
A. We fly in 15-20 and 20-25 passenger balloons.
What size balloon or how many balloons we take depends on how many people are scheduled that day.
Q. Will we fly over Disney?
A. We try and as often as possible to go over Disney parks,many times we do!
The actual flight plath is determined by the wind.
We don't always go over Disney but you can see the parks from most of our flights.
Q. What time do we meet & when we be done?
A. The entire program takes 3-4 hours.
We meet at about 6 AM and you are done around 9:30.
Q. Can we bring camara's and camcoders?
Q.Will we be cold up there?
A. No... there is a reason we call them a hot air balloon.
There is a reason we call them hot air balloon rides... You will be 6-8 degrees warmer in the balloon.
We also recommend you wear comfortable shoes
Q. Do I need reservations?
Q. How do I make a reservation?
A. Call 407 415 7283 or use booking form below.
Q. Is it Safe?
A. Yes! We fly about 270 flights a year with 4 to 40 passengers aon each day,for over 20 years with a spotless record. We don't take chances... "Take Off's are optional and landings are mandatory.
Q. What if the weather is bad?
A. All of our passengers are asked to call the night before the flight to check the weather forecast for the next mornings flight. Most of the time we know the night before your flight, However, there are days when we will call a flight a go and have to cancel at the launch site. We hate disappointing passengers but we refuse to hurt anyone.
By Marie Ospina
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