Hot air balloon rides Orlando has to offer are operated seven days a week at sunrise by Thompson Aire. Captin Jeff Thompson is one of the most experienced hot air balloon pilots in the Orlando area and has been licensed to fly hot air balloons for well over 38 years. He’s been taking people just like you on the most amazing hot air balloon rides Orlando has seen for over 30 years.
Thompson Aire’s primary goals are to conduct each phase of their ballooning operation as safe and fun as possible. Because they focus so much attention to each detail they have been able to take thousands of people on the most amazing and fun hot air balloon rides Orlando has ever seen without ever having a single injury.
Perfection is not our “Goal”; Perfection is our “Standard”.
On your next vacation to Orlando, we highly recommend you take one of the hot air balloon rides over Disney World. The flight process begins at 6 am just outside of the main gates of The Walt Disney World. You’ll begin with a preflight briefing, this is where you’ll be introduced to your pilot and will have all your questions answered prior to the flight. People tend to enjoy their hot air balloon experience, even more, when they’re informed of what to expect during the entire flight experience. At the launch site, you have the opportunity of becoming part of the ground team as the hot air balloon is prepared for flight; to help or not is totally your choice.
Hot air balloon rides over Disney World will last approximately one hour, however, the entire ballooning experience will last between three to four hours. We highly recommend you bring your cameras with fully charged batteries and large memory cards to hold all your pictures and videos from your hot air balloon ride over Orlando. During the flight, your pilot will point out many of the spectacular Orlando sites such as theme parks, resorts, forests, and wildlife.
You never know what you might see during your flight, you might see a 4-foot alligator or even a 4-foot mouse. Thomson Aire will do their best to create a flight a plan where they can fly up high as well as down low. Flying high will offer you spectacular views of Orlando, theme parks, resorts, and breathtaking landscapes. Flying low will allow you to see the local Florida wildlife up close as well as lakes and forests.
Once the hot air balloon lands, you’ll take part in the traditional champagne toast. During this process, your captain will explain some of the histories behind ballooning and how the traditional champagne toast upon landing came about.
Once the hot air balloon is securely stored in the Thompson Aire trailer the entire group will all head to an all you can eat breakfast buffet that includes over 65 items including an omelet chef.
A hot air balloon proposal is a great way to ask for the hand in marriage. Thompson Aire has a proven system for creating the best wedding proposal hot air balloon flight. A custom banner is printed for the morning flight which will read “WILL YOU MARRY ME (HER NAME)”. The morning starts off just as any other hot air balloon ride in Orlando. You’ll begin the morning with the pre-flight briefing then will make your way into the hot air balloon basket.
The ground crew will then get into position with the hidden rolled-up banner. As the balloon is about to fly over the ground crew, they’ll pretend the two-way radio has malfunctioning and the ground crew needs to relay a message. As she looks down to see the message you’ll get into position; she’ll never see it coming! We promise the look on her face will be absolutely PRICELESS!
Thompson Aire can also provide a unique hot air balloon wedding flight. They understand the importance of planning everything out so the day goes without a hitch on this special day. Thompson Aire decorates their hot air balloon basket which screams out “Just Married” to the world.
Marriage services could be conducted either on the ground or while in flight; whichever way you decide, they’ll have the resources in place to capture your entire service on video.
If you’re unable to fly with your loved ones but would like to share the entire experience with them, Thompson Aire provides a service called “The Chase Package”. During this experience, you’ll be part of the entire ballooning process from attending the pre-flight briefing to the all you can eat Breakfast Buffet and everything in between.
During the chase, you’ll ride along with the hot air balloon ground crew where you can listen and communicate with your loved ones via a two-way radio. You also have the opportunity of capturing the most amazing pictures and videos of the balloon during its flight. Be part of the memory and stories that will live on for years.
Please make sure to add the chase package to your order at the time of booking. If booking online you’ll see a box on the booking form where you could add the chasers package, extra charges do apply, usually $20.00 per person.
The winds have welcomed you with softness
The sun has blessed you with its warm hands
You have flown so high and so well that God has joined you in your laughter
and set you back again
into the loving arms of mother earth.