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August 4th Walt Disney World Update, Including Bay Lake Tower Opening Day – Photos & Video

Hi everyone!

The last few days have been busy at Walt Disney World.  Unfortunately, one of those changes was the closing of Starabilias. A unique shop on the Downtown Disney West End, there have been rumors of it closing for a while (below left and right).

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Independence Day at the Magic Kingdom Plus "DIANA – The Peoples Princess" Exhibit at Downtown Disney Opens

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Denise Preskitt from partner site Mousesteps.com visited Walt Disney World for July 3rd and has photos to share!

The Magic Kingdom was draped in the stars and stripes for July 4th. The train station is a backdrop to the growing crowds (below left) and the moon shines behind the American flag (below, right).

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Walt Disney World Update: Pixar's Up Balloon at Downtown Disney Photos and Video, Magic Kingdom Hall of Presidents Photos

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Pixar has an UP balloon display outside of the AMC theaters at Downtown Disney (Orlando), Denise Preskitt from site partner Mousesteps was there to get photos and video! The Up balloon flies above the house (below, left). She then took a photo of the balloon from behind the fountain (below, right).

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Paradiso 37 adds Vibrance and Variety to Downtown Disney Pleasure Island!

Review by Steve Buddin, photos by Denise Preskitt

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Characters In Flight Grand Opening! – Photos & Exclusive Video

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Yesterday, Denise from site partner MouseSteps attended the Grand Opening of the new Downtown Disney balloon experience Characters In Flight! We have previously featured the progress of this unique attraction and have photos and video from onboard the balloon available HERE. We have also just released a new Screensaver/Photo CD featuring Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2009 – Available HERE.

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First Look: Onboard The Characters In Flight Balloon Experience At Downtown Disney – Photos & Exclusive Video

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Today, Denise from site partner MouseSteps finally made it onto the new Downtown Disney balloon experience Characters In Flight! Enjoy a full report on her two flights with photos and exclusive video.

Characters In Flight Balloon Experience – Onboard Photos – 4/15/09:

Characters In Flight (operated by Aerophile) is a tethered helium-filled balloon that takes guests 400 feet above Downtown Disney. The ticket counter (below right) is where you can purchase your ticket immediately before entering the final queue for your flight.

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

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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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