Thompson Aire, Kissimmee, FL
Hot Air Balloon Flights operated by Thompson Aire are conducted 7 days a week at sunrise. Capt Thompson is the most experienced hot air balloon pilot in the Orlando area. Jeff has been licensed to fly balloons for over 35 years. Passionate about flying his entire life, his enthusiasm and knowledge will have you spellbound.
If you are going to be in Orlando or coming to the Disney parks don’t miss one of the most spectacular rides of your life. A hot air balloon ride! See the real Florida by floating effortlessly across the pristine beauty that is the real Florida. Tour areas absolutely untouched by human hands. Nature in all of its awesome glory. This is an experience you will talk about the rest of your life. Thompson Aire provides hot air balloon passenger flights 7 days a week in and around the Disney World area of central Florida.
Capt. Thompson is a 30 year veteran balloon pilot. As a resident of Florida for over 18 years, his knowledge of the area is an education in itself. His skills as a pilot will simply astound and amaze you. Yes there are others you can fly with but none with the passion and expertise as Thompson Aire.
Earning his pilots certification at age 16 Captain Thompson’s life ambition has been this mesmerizing form of flight. No matter what your age you will be entertained and in awe with this spectacular old world form of flight.
The Flight Experience is offered each morning at sunrise and includes a pre-flight briefing with the pilot, a one hour flight, Champagne ceremony, full buffet breakfast and first flight certificate.
Your thrilling ballooning adventure begins when you meet your pilot and crew at 6 a.m. at The Best Western – Lakeside located west of Interstate 4 on Highway 192 West. (From I-4 take exit 64 and go west on 192 past the entrance to Disney World and count 5 traffic lights. Turn Right at the 5th light and you are there!)
After the pilot gauges the wind direction and checks the weather, you head out in the chase vehicle to the selected launch site. Thompson Aire has about 30 different launch and landing sites in the Disney area. Each day is different. What launch and landing sites they will use is determined by the speed and direction of the wind that day.
Launching shortly after sunrise, you will rise effortlessly from the ground to nearly 3,000 feet. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the Central Florida countryside. Balloons only float with the wind so they are limited on the direction they may travel. While Thompson Aire cannot guarantee you will fly over Disney, you can see the parks from most of their flights. During your flight, take pictures and enjoy the spectacular views. Or, relax and become one with the clouds. The length of the flight itself is approximately an hour long and the entire program takes 3 to 4 hours. You will meet at 6 am and you will be done around 9:30, just in time for the opening of the Disney Parks.
How to reserve a tour
We recommend you schedule your flight about a week in advance for a weekday flight and two weeks for a weekend.
This will allow time for Thompson Aire to contact you to confirm your reservation and make the necessary balloon arrangements.
Submit reservation request
Complete and submit the Online Reservation Request Form. During this time, a 10% non-refundable deposit is required with a major credit card to request a flight reservation. In the event your flight is grounded due to bad weather, or due to forces beyond Thompson Aire Balloon Rides’s control, and your flight cannot be rescheduled, your reservation deposit will be refunded.
Print copy of reservation request email
After making a reservation request through the online form, you will receive an email confirming your flight request information – please note this is not a reservation confirmation. Print this reservation request, as you will need to bring it with you to your flight to verify that you’ve paid the deposit.
Thompson Aire Balloon Rides will email you to confirm reservation
Within two or three business days, a representative from Thompson Aire Balloon Rides will email you to confirm your reservation request and provide additional flight information.
Contact pilot the day before flight
Call your pilot between 5 – 7:00 PM the day prior to your flight. Your pilot’s contact information is provided in the reservation confirmation email you will receive from Thompson Aire after they have contacted you and confirmed your reservation request. All passengers must call the night before the flight to check the weather forecast for the next morning’s flight. One of their Pilots will be on duty to let you know what the forecast looks like for the next morning’s flight. If the weather forecast does not look good for your flight they will simply ask if you have another day you would like to try to fly.Their pilots are the best and we respect their decision if a flight must be cancelled.
Pay remaining balance after flight is completed
The remaining balance of the total tour price is payable to Thompson Aire Balloon Rides after your flight is completed. Cash, traveler’s check and Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted. Remember to bring a printed copy of your reservation request email to verify that you have paid the 10% deposit.
If you cancel less than 48 hours in advance of your flight, your credit card will be charged for the full amount of your flight if Thompson Aire Balloon Rides is unable to book other passengers and fill your cancelled reservation. The 10% reservation deposit is non-refundable.
In the event your flight is grounded due to bad weather, or due to forces beyond Thompson Aire Balloon Rides’ control, and your flight cannot be rescheduled, there is no charge to you. Your reservation deposit will also be refunded.
For safety reasons, children under 5 years old are not permitted. No sandals or open-toed shoes allowed.
Thompson Aire, Inc. offers hot air balloon flights daily in the Disney area. Reservations are required and rides leave at sunrise from the Maingate Lakeside Hotel in Kissimmee.
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Kissimmee, FL 34747