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

Hi everyone!

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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Pleasure Island, Contemporary Bay Lake Tower, Magic Kingdom: Photos & Video – Production Update: Flower & Garden 09 DVD

Hi everyone!

I just returned from a quick trip to Walt Disney World where I recorded footage for my upcoming DVD, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden 09 DVD (my 2008 edition is available HERE). I was also able to see the Characters In Flight balloon testing and learned that the opening date has been pushed back pending building permits and further testing.

I have some photos and video from around Walt Disney World starting with Pleasure Island (below). It seems the Celebrate Tonight theme has made it’s way to the Island and I am told there will be nighttime entertainment offered going forward.

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Next is the Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower (below left). The Fantasia Market (below right) will replace the Concourse Sundries-Spirits shop which closed on January 20th.

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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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Downtown Disney's Characters In Flight, Contemporary Bay Lake Tower, Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland – Updated Photos & Video

Hi everyone!

I am very excited about my latest DVD release, Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 5! This is the fifth in a series that commemorates vintage Disneyland attractions (Volumes 1-4 available HERE). I have also recently released 2 videos in my new series of Walt Disney World parade DVDs!  Please check below to order Magic Kingdom Parade Classics and Magic Kingdom Parade Classics 2.

Today I have updated photos of the upcoming Downtown Disney balloon attraction Characters In Flight!

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Downtown Disney Balloon Experience "Characters In Flight" Extensive Photo & Video Coverage Plus The Disneyland Paris Original

Hi everyone!

Today the new balloon experience at Downtown Disney began testing and Denise from partner site MouseSteps was there! Below is extensive photo & video coverage of “Characters In Flight”!

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Part 3: Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Pre-Opening Photos and Video – Pleasure Island: “Characters In Flight”, “Paradiso 37"

Hi everyone!

I have recently released a series of Walt Disney World parade DVDs, Magic Kingdom Parade Classics and Magic Kingdom Parade Classics 2. Please check below for more details or to order. I am now working on my next release which I plan to be Disneyland related, check back soon for more details!

Thanks again to site partner MouseSteps, we have this third installment of great pre-opening photos from the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!

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Above and below are the Simba’s Birthday Celebration topiaries in a classic scene based on the Disney animated film “The Lion King”. CLICK HERE FOR BONUS VIDEO!

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Photo Update: Pleasure Island – "Characters In Flight", "Street Foods of the Americas", Contemporary Resort

Hi everyone!

I have recently released Volume 1 in a series of Walt Disney World Parade DVDs. The first volume is called Magic Kingdom Parade Classics (if you enjoyed past parades like “Mickey Mania” and the “Remember the Magic Parade”, then check below for more details or to order!)

Here are some more photos from around Walt Disney World, taken by Denise at Mousesteps!  She is still experiencing site update problems and wanted to get these great timely shots posted. Below are her photos and words:

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(Above) A sign  for the “Characters in Flight” balloon attraction at Downtown Disney.   I was able to see the Disneyland Paris version in person  a couple of years back.

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For some interesting history of the Disneyland Paris version of the upcoming attraction, please click HERE.

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