Tuesday should have been Typhoon Lagoon but as one of the party was not well enough to make it the ladies of the party decided it was a good day for shopping so no photos today. Anyway is was to be an early start tomorrow so it was early to bed.
Up at 5am as we had to be at the pick-up point at 5.45am for a hot-air balloon ride. After a short briefing we were taken to the launch site where the balloons were unloaded. We were asked to assist "cold" inflating the balloons by holding open the mouth while fans blew air into the balloon.
Soon it was inflated enough to light the burner.
And it was time to get into the basket - even Liz who is terrified of flying in a plane.
We took off just as dawn was breaking leaving some of the others still getting ready
We were 30ft off the ground before Liz realized we had moved.
There was one other balloon ahead of us
But the others were not far behind.
For those who have never done this trip it is a fantastic experience. It is very peaceful and quiet except when the burner is on of course, and there are some fantastic views.
Even somebody out for an early morning swim
The pilots took the balloons to various heights, sometimes low, sometimes high.
Saw some well known landmarks in the distance.
Mist still lingered in some places
But we were still able to see some wild life
An hour went all too quickly and it was time to land
All the hot air was then let out of the balloon
And we all helped get it back into the bag.
Glass of champers then back to the hotel for a buffet breakfast.
The rest of the day was spent round the pool till Tea time then off to the Earl of Sandwich for a light tea and shopping in the Disney store.