The iconic Aerophile helium filled balloon that flies over Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort will be out of sight for a short refurbishment in the coming weeks.
The balloon is set to come down for a quick refurbishment on October 18 and will return to the sky on October 28.
About the Aerophile
Disney describes the Aerophile attraction, which has been around Disney Springs since 2009, as:
Custom-built for Disney by Paris-based company Aérophile S.A., the Aéro30 is filled with 210,000 cubic feet of helium and ascends to heights of up to 400 feet. The balloon’s basket holds 29 people plus one Aérophile-certified pilot. Each flight offers stunning panoramic vistas up to 10 miles away on clear days, so don’t forget those cameras!
As of right now, a reason for the brief refurbishment has not been given. Refurbishments are a constant throughout all of the Disney Parks and act as a way to maintain guest safety and the high standards for appearance at Disney.
When it is scheduled for flight, the Aerophile balloon takes guests soaring in the skies for an eight-minute journey upwards of 400 feet high. Guests can take in breathtaking views of the Disney property as well as surrounding Orlando attractions for up to 10 miles away on a clear day.
Although its appearance is that of a hot air balloon, the Aerophile is actually filled with helium and tethered down at ground level. The hand-painted balloon has a round basket spacious enough to fit up to 29 guests, not including the pilot of the voyage.
When the Aerophile is operating, tickets for the high in the sky attraction can be purchased on a first come first served basis on location at Disney Springs. Prices start at $20 for children ages 3-9 and $25 for adults aged 10 and older.
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