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Old 8 Jun 15, 05:03 PM  
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IPW 2015 - Orlando Day 7 - DTD Characters In Flight


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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Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing! Sad that we didn't get a chance to do this whilst we were there last month. Will definitely out it on the to-do-list for next time when the DTD construction is complete!
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Oh my word you just don't realise the extent of the work until you see it like this l fab photos though x
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Fab photos, we have Groupon tickets for our August trip.
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Superb pics Simon, loving the destruction of Downtown, NOT! Is PH being relocated within the complex or is it going altogether?
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Planet Hollywood is not moving. It is closing for a few months for them to re-theme it to look like an observatory.

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Planet Hollywood is not moving. It is closing for a few months for them to re-theme it to look like an observatory.

Not liking that too much but suppose it has to blend with the rest of the area. Shame as it was cool entering planet Earth to eat your meal...
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I think it will look cool. Reminds me of Greenwich, where I was born.
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