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Special Update: Downtown Disney's Characters In Flight – Balloon Flight Testing – Exclusive Photos And Video

Hi everyone!

Denise from partner site MouseSteps was at Downtown Disney early this morning (7:30!) to see if Characters in Flight was testing.  It was, and following are photos and videos from the hour and a half she spent there.

The balloon reaches a height of about 400 feet (below left) and below is a close-up view of it’s basket (below right), which can hold up to 20 riders. When speaking to one of the Pilots about what would happen if the tether broke or came undone, he said they had a contingency for free standing flight and could land no problem.

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The Characters in Flight balloon lifts above the ticket kiosk (below left). From Saratoga Springs, you can see a new skyline emerging (below right).

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Beyond Fultons Crab House, Characters in Flight lifts (below left). The balloon and it’s tether (below right).

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Stitch at the Marketplace appears to make a balloon grab (below left). The balloon in air (below, right).

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For many more great photos, please check the latest MouseSteps update HERE.

Characters In Flight Testing, Early Morning – 3/30/2009

Video #1 – Liftoff from the platform.

Video #2 – The Characters In Flight balloon landing back on the platform.

Video #3 – The Characters In Flight balloon rising above Fultons Crab House restaurant taken from the marketplace!

Video #4 – The balloon landing, recorded from Saratoga Springs Resort.

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