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A New ‘Characters In Flight’ Balloon Will Soon Debut at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

UPDATE: The new Characters in Flight balloon is now open! Here’s a photo of it up in the air:

The New ‘Characters In Flight’ Balloon at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

Downtown Disney here at Walt Disney World Resort recently added a little “character” to its skyline thanks to the arrival of a new Characters in Flight balloon.
The New ‘Characters In Flight’ Balloon at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

The balloon, which is currently being set up for operation, is the second balloon to be featured at Characters in Flight. As you can see above, this balloon features a new red, yellow and blue color scheme, as well as a new set of flying characters: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Buzz Lightyear, Dumbo, Jasmine and Aladdin.

Guests will be able to go on board once the balloon completes all its safety inspections, which we are being told will be sometime in the next week.

Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more on when Characters in Flight will open.

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  • We are there in 8 days! I am so excited that there is a chance it will be up and running on our trip! My kids were so bummed that it was gone! Will you keep us updated on a start date, PLEASE! Will the cost be around the same per person?

  • I love the look of the new balloon. I am so glad it is back. My son and I went on the old character balloon and it was the most magnificent view of WDW. If anyone goes on this ride make sure to bring your camera.

  • I like the new graphics, but where’s Mary Poppins?!? Her image on the balloon always made me smile. It won’t be the same without her!

  • I was hoping to see this next January, but they still haven’t come out with their dining plan specials so I guess they aren’t going to have them for this time? I know that people in the UK and Australia get it if they visit FL at that time, but I don’t know why they aren’t releasing it for the US? The past two years they were out in August and September? Does anyone know?

  • Yay! I never got a chance to ride the old one, even though I wanted to. I’m glad there’s going to be a new one! 🙂 And Peter Pan is still on it; hooray!

    • Yes, I like this design/color scheme.

  • Is this one replacing the yellow one or is it in addition?

    • It’s replacing the first one.

  • Looks exactly like the one in Disneyland Paris!

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