Characters in Flight at Walt Disney World Closing for Refurbishment

The huge helium balloon attraction located at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World will be closing from January 9 through January 13 for a refurbishment.  It is expected to re-open to guests on January 14.  The refurbishment will also include a brand new theme for the balloon. It is expected that the design for the balloon will more closely represent the new theme for Disney Springs, rather than the original Downtown Disney.


The Characters in Flight balloon is actually a tethered helium balloon.  Many guests assume that it is a hot-air balloon before they actually enjoy the attraction.  Since it is helium, the balloon has to be refilled every so often with new helium in order to keep the balloon able to operate safely and lift guests hundreds of feet in the sky over Disney Springs.  We are extremely excited to see what the new look for the balloon will be!

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!