Balloon Flight Program
Our flights are flown
at sunrise. We start our program at 6am. Plan on three to four hours outside.
We will start our adventure
with a preflight briefing at the
Maingate Lakeside Resort
There we will introduce you to your pilot. We will talk about your
mornings adventure and answer any questions
you may have about the flight.
We have found that people
enjoy the whole program even more when they know what to expect each
step along the way.
After our pre-flight
briefing we will step outside and launch a small helium balloon to
determine the wind direction for the morning.
See "About the Aircraft" for more on this.
Balloons float with the wind
and we want to make sure we have landing fields in the direction we
are going. Once we have selected a launch site we will climb
aboard our vehicles and head to the launch site.
At the launch site
you may become a member of the ground team as we inflate the balloon
and prepare for flight. Many people love our hands on approach.
To help or not is your choice.
Once the balloon is
inflated and ready for flight you will board and liftoff into the
Our flight will last
approximately an hour. During the flight we will point out all
of the spectacular sites this area has to offer. Make sure your
batteries are charged on your camera and maybe an extra set or
another memory card to be safe. The area we fly has a great variety of
things to see. The entire area is a great mix from swamps and
forests to resorts and residential. Theme parks and wildlife.
You may see a 4 foot alligator or even a 4 foot mouse.
As we mentioned above we
plan our flight using the layers of wind in the atmosphere. We
do our best to create a flight plan where we can both fly up high
and have a look around and also come down to the tree tops and view
the swamps and forest up close where you can actually see the
Please have a look at some
of our videos on the "TA
Pre-Flight is a great video!
At our landing site our
ground support team will be waiting for us. Once the balloon
has been stored away will will have the traditional champagne toast.
We will explain some of the history of balloon flight as well as
how the tradition of champagne upon landing came about. You will
also be presented with your Thompson Aire custom champagne cup!
We will then return to the
Greenhouse Restaurant for an
all you can eat buffet breakfast The Buffett breakfast has over
65 items you can choose from and an Omelet Chief on duty to make
eggs and omelets any way you would like. During our breakfast
we will award all the passengers with
their first flight certificate suitable for framing
Plan on about 3 to 4
hours for the entire trip.
Don't want to fly but want
to come along? Ask about the
Included in our program.
Pre-Flight briefing with
Transportation from the
Maingate Lakeside Resort to one of our many
Participate in the
inflation of your Balloon.
Photo of your group in the
balloon at the launch site.
(Posted to our
Calendar after the flight)
Approximately one hour of
flight in the Disney World area.
Champagne ceremony after
the flight with a brief history of balloon
Custom souvenir Thompson
Aire Champagne cup.
Transportation back to the
Maingate Lakeside from landing site.
All you can eat buffet
breakfast including an Omelet Chief on duty to
make eggs or omelets any way you like right in
front of you!
Official First Flight
Souvenir T-shirts and
balloon photos available during breakfast.
All the bad balloon jokes
you can stand.
Adult Fare $185.00 per Person (Adult)
Adult Fare (10 to 15 Years) $105.00
5 to 9 years old Free with paid adult.
Please be aware
when bringing children under the age of 5 years old. The burner on the balloon will
frighten very small children. Please see information on the
Only one child
free per adult. Additional children will be charged at the Jr. Adult price.
Four Adults booked together
reduces the price to $180 each.
Five Adults, booked together can fly for
Six Adults or more, booked together can fly for
pricing page for conditions on reduced rates.
Junior adults and children's prices are with a full paying adults.
To receive the family rates you must pay full adult rates. You
may not combine Family Rates and Group Discounts. You may choose the
pricing that fits your group best.
Before asking for any other discounts please
Discounts on our FAQ page.
NOTE: These are not
flights! You may have other people with you in the balloon
depending on the number of people in your party.
Private flights are available.
To book your flight you
will need a credit card to reserve your spots.
No charges will
be made until after the flight. During breakfast we will ask
you how you would like to pay for your flight. Here is a link
to our cancellation
This is an out door sport! Balloons need
large areas to launch and to land. This means open fields like
Farms, Cattle Pastures and hay fields and large open and often
UN-KEPT land. This means tall grass, Cows, Bugs, Ants and many
other items associated with large open areas. O did we say OUT
We do not choose what fields happen to be lined
up with the wind direction on any given day. SO... Assume your
shoes will be soaked and have mud all over them and your pants will
be wet all the way up to your knees.
THEN when we land somewhere nice you will be
thrilled and when you wear sandals or flip flops you will understand
why we are all laughing. O did we say OUT DOORS..
On a serious note. Fire Ants are
everywhere in Florida. Watch where you walk and where you stand.
If you stand near a colony or on a mound they will swarm and begin
to bite you. They are painful and if you are bitten enough you
may need medical attention or an antihistamine to combat the
an by the way. There are no snakes.. We put a sign up that says "No
Space is limited and
flights are weather permitting so book your flight in advance!