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:
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?