It was my last day and I was returning to the UK on the Virgin flight at 7:35pm. So to fill in the time I walked to Downtown Disney to get some last minute photos when it wasn't so crowded. As I have never managed to get on the Balloon ride I decided to give it a go.

While queuing for tickets the wind was picking up and they were restricting the amount of people riding the balloon. I thought knowing my luck I would not get on.

My luck got a little better. As they would not let us buy tickets until the previous riders had disembarked I got chatting to a lady behind me. She was a ex-pat from the UK who lived in Orlando. She was with her mum who was visiting from the UK. She had bought a Groupon for three but her husband didn't want to come. So she gave me the ticket. Great, a freebie!



Just after take off. A view of the new Hanger bar that is still under construction. Right next to the Boathouse.



Across the lake is Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.



Looking down from the centre of the balloon.



A wider shot showing the major building work underway.



As you go up there are several times the cable jerks. But the pilot does tell you just before each one so you know to expect them. It was getting blustery now so we were being bounced around a little.



The Cirque du Soleil end of Downtown Disney has escaped the destruction.



The same cannot be said with the area around Planet Hollywood. Even the dome will be transformed into and observatory starting in January.



It is a good job most of this is hidden behind boards when walking around on the ground.



If you get to Downtown Disney or Disney Springs as it will be called soon then I would recommend going on the Characters in Flight balloon. For $18 it is well worth it. Or even better if it is free


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Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
9:00am
~to~
10:00pm
Epcot
Epcot
9:00am
~to~
9:30pm
Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
9:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
8:00pm
Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios
8:00am
~to~
9:00pm
Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach
Closed
~to~
Closed
Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure
9:00am
~to~
7:00pm
Universal Studios
Universal Studios
9:00am
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7:00pm
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10:00am
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5:00pm
SeaWorld
SeaWorld
10:00am
~to~
7:00pm
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Busch Gardens
10:00am
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8:00pm
Aquatica
Aquatica
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Legoland
Legoland
10:00am
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5:00pm
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Legoland Water Park
Closed
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Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
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7:00pm
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6:00pm
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