Hot air balloons are favored the world over as stealthy and fast getaway vehicles for toothbrush thieves and cowardly blind-daters. Make use of the balloon’s capacity for leisure with today’s Groupon to Orlando Balloon Rides in Kissimmee. Choose between the following options:
- For $59, you get a child-admission ticket for ages 4–10 years (a $125 value; children must be accompanied on the ride by an adult).
- For $105, you get one adult-admission ticket to a sunrise hot air balloon ride, plus breakfast and a champagne toast (a $175 value).
The ballooneers at Orlando Balloon Rides have been offering professionally powered balloon flights to Florida natives and visitors since 1983. The sunrise ride begins around 6 a.m. (depending on the time of year), at which time, aerialists will meet at the Orlando Sun Resort in Kissimmee before traveling to a lush launching field to properly wake up and observe the folded balloon fill up with air. Once the bulbous vessel is appropriately aired, participants will ascend, four people per compartment, in the comfortable, padded-basket balloon over the treetops of Orlando. During the flight, balloon riders take in panoramic views of the area’s geological wonders, from orange groves and swamps to theme parks and giant butter-statue tributes to Walt Disney. After the ride touches down, a champagne toast will commence, and flight-goers will journey back to the hotel for the ceremonial presentation of commemorative flight certificates and a competitive all-you-can-eat breakfast-buffet throwdown. The entire experience lasts 3–4 hours, with an ample 60–105 minutes of flight time.
With today’s second option, sky-grasping tykes ages 4–10 can hitch a ride on an obliging basket for a fun-filled atmospheric journey. Teach aspiring breezeriders the sound a cloud giraffe makes or how to high-five passing superheroes from your majestic airborne vantage.
All of Orlando Balloon Rides’ passengers are lifted into the air aboard 2007 model balloons, fully equipped with cutting-edge safety technology and piloted by experienced and FAA-certified air-people, who double as engaging tour guides throughout the flight. The commercially insured balloonists boast a 100% safety record. Reservations are required, so call ahead to reserve your spot.
All passengers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Orlando Balloon Rides
During 29 years of drifting through the Florida skies, Orlando Balloon Rides had already amassed an impressive fleet of gargantuan flying inflatables when a new balloon arrived. The product of an ambitious factory in Spain, the newcomer holds more than 400,000 cubic feet of hot air and stands as tall as an 11-story building. Four times the size of the average hot air inflatable, it's among the most massive hot air balloons currently flown in the United States.
Now reigning as a popular vessel for the company's sunrise tours, the mammoth balloon can fly away with a basket of 24 passengers as it commands the skies, dwarfing most clouds and giving the Goodyear Blimp an identity crisis. From any of Orlando Balloon Rides' baskets, passengers take in high-altitude views of Walt Disney World and the city's skyline, sights visitors rarely get to see from above. Each of the company's hot air balloons is piloted by an FAA-certified pilot who also serves as a knowledgeable narrator of the scenery below.