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    During our recent vacation my DW and I went on the Characters in Flight helium balloon at DTD.
    Here are a few of the shots we took from 400 ft. in the air.

    Notice how quiet it is at DTD.
    DTD 1.jpg


    DTD 2.jpg

    View towards Epcot.
    DTD 3.jpg

    View towards the Contemp. & GF [there sure are a lot of trees around!]
    DTD 4.jpg

    View towards Hotel Plaza Blvd.
    DTD5.jpg
     
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    Great pictures.

    Jai was going to take Kyle on that balloon but the day they went it was a bit stormy so they didn't let it go up

    Hopefully next year

    Sandra
     
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    Absolutely superb!!!!!!
     
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    Fantastic!
     
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    Thank you for the photos, Slowhand! I'd like to do the balloon one day, but Herself is afraid of heights and won't be doing it with me. Perhaps I'll take Seth! :D

    What time of day were you there? DTD looks almost deserted! :eek:
     
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    Yes, they are very wary regarding the weather conditions.
    The pilot did say though that a storm was heading our way from the Orlando area so they would probably have to temporarily close down for a while until it passed.

    When we went on the trip we were very lucky as we were up there for around 10 minutes all by ourselves as it was very quiet. Normally when more folks are on the ride you only get 3 mins. or so.
     
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    Herself would be fine Tink, honestly.
    Sue is quite afraid if heights etc. but she didn`t have any problem at all.
    It was around 11.00am when we did it during our first week over there and DTD [along with the parks] were the quietest we have seen them for ages.
     
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    wow fantastic :)
     
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    Great pics, Terry!

    Carol said I could go on it if I wanted but there was no way she was getting on that thing!

    For anyone who might be wondering, here's what it looks like from the outside! Just not all the way up by any means.

    Tom :)macwave:... kept my feet on the ground!)
     

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    Great pictures Terry.
     
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    Fantastic pictures.

    Still not sure that I want to be in a little basket up in the air....though that does look larger than I imagined.
     
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    They told us that it could hold 30 passengers. It`s quite a lot bigger than it first appears.
     
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    Brilliant photos :thumbsup:
    We're hoping to give it a go on our next visit :fingers:
    Wow....I've never seen the DTD car parks so empty. We normally have to park way at the back!
     
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    We got in Oct 6th and the parks were practically empty until the weekend.
     
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    It looks brill. Is it still attached to the ground? If so, I think they have the same one in ocean park in Hong Kong :yes:
     
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    Love the photos. Thank you for posting.

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    Yes it is tethered to the ground Josh.
    The pilot told us that it was the largest helium balloon in the US and would continue to soar upwards if it wasn`t anchored down.
     
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    we have one here in bournemouth its called the bournemouth eye
     
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    The pics are beautiful! I'm not sure if I will ever be doing this or not as I do have a bit of a fear of heights & it just looks plain scary to me, lol. I would love to be able to see this view & get pictures like you did though so that makes it more tempting :)
     

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