Glimpse breath-taking views of orange groves, swampland, and Orange County mansions in one of the largest balloons in the Western Hemisphere
What You'll Get
- What’s included: one hour balloon ride followed by a champagne toast
- Departure time: passengers and pilots meet about a half an hour before sunrise
- Departure location: Orlando Balloon Rides welcome center, 5010 US Highway 27
- Notable sights: orange groves, forests, and swamps can viewed from thousands of feet in the air
Updated dark dates: temporarily closed through April 30th, 2020
The Fine Print
About Orlando Balloon Rides
You could say that Orlando Balloon Rides' crew of FAA-certified pilots is impressive, but that would probably be an understatement. One has flown across the English Channel three times, another trained stunt pilots for the Bond movie The World Is Not Enough, and a third manned a balloon up to the stratosphere. It's a good thing they're so talented—and have an unblemished safety record among them—as they fly one of the largest balloons in the Western Hemisphere.
The 11-story, 425,000-cubic-foot behemoth can carry up to 20 people in its 1,600-pound basket, which is made of aircraft-grade steel and basket-grade wicker. Or put more simply, an average balloon can fit inside this balloon. Whether flying in this or a more traditionally-sized balloon, passengers are treated to expansive views of orange groves, swampland, Orange County mansions, and sometimes, a certain magical kingdom on the horizon's distance, which actually isn't a mirage. After any flight, a champagne toast contributes to what USA Today called a "spectacular sunrise adventure" and one of Orlando's 10 most romantic attractions.