Tuesday, March 24, 2009
First Disney Balloon Ride Pics
© 2009 Thommy Sandvick
Here are perhaps the first photos on the internet of the new tethered balloon ride located at Downtown Disney Westside. Installation began late last night after nearly everyone had departed DTD. Large helium tanks on a flatbed truck were involved. The lower picture in the dark shows the balloon just partially inflated.
We're told that testing will take at least 2 weeks but no opening date has been announced as of yet. The middle picture was also taken last night; the top photo was taken earlier this evening and shows that the passenger gondola is now installed.. This one can be clicked on to see more detail. Rides will cost $16 for adults, $10 for children. The ride is operated by Aerophile, not by Disney. In other words, this is outsourced too.
Thanks to our roving reporter Thommy for getting this for the Save PI Blog.