3 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Balloons

It’s rainy, cold, and dreary here in Chicagoland, so I wanted to write about something cheerful today. And as my good friend Winnie the Pooh says, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” That reminded me of this delightful shirt someone posted a picture of on Twitter recently; I love the Up/theme park crossover! And in my attempts to refind that picture, I stumbled upon this awesome craft with instructions to make your own balloon-floating house from Up. Plus, I found this great photo by the talented Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs:

Photo by Trey Ratcliff (stuckincustoms.com) of balloons in front of Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World

See how much fun we’re having, and we haven’t even gotten to today’s list yet! Speaking of . . .

Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love balloons:

1. Buy a balloon on Main Street U.S.A.

Yes, you could buy a balloon just about anywhere in Walt Disney World (except for Animal Kingdom), but there’s something just extra special about buying one on Main Street U.S.A. It’s all that old-fashioned, hometown, Fourth of July fun, I think. If you ever wondered how they get the Mickey balloons inside the clear balloons, take a look at this video from the Disney Parks Blog.

2. Get a balloon bouquet delivered to someone special (or yourself!)

Disney Floral & Gifts has all kinds of cool stuff that can be delivered to your resort room or even to the Parks, including an assortment of balloon bouquets. Yes, they’re a bit pricey, but it might be the perfect memory-making surprise for a special occasion.

3. Take a ride on Characters in Flight

If you’ve been to Downtown Disney, you’ve probably spotted the giant yellow balloon floating overhead. Apparently it’s the world’s largest tethered gas balloon! For $18 (adults, $12 for kids), you can take an 8- to 10-minute flight and get great views of the resort in all directions. I’ve never actually gotten a chance to experience it, but you can get a preview in this video Lou Mongello of WDW Radio made when it first opened in 2009.

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This list is quick and easy to do in one day. I’d start off in Magic Kingdom (because who doesn’t love a morning in Magic Kingdom?) and get a balloon to start the day. Then you could arrange for a balloon surprise either at the Parks or at the hotel if you head back in the afternoon for a rest. When it’s starting to get dark, go on over to Downtown Disney and see if you can time a flight to catch IllumiNations, Wishes, or both!

Which of these experiences have you done? Any balloon-related memories from Walt Disney World?

2 thoughts on “3 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Balloons

  1. Yes! The balloons are indeed magical – I do private photography at DL and I make sure to ask to have the kids I’m capturing hold them. You can take a peek at that here… (http://smu.gs/nSySho )The seasonal balloons like Jack Skellington right now are so great!

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