Video: Wind Shears Rock Iconic Disney Springs Attraction with Guests On Board

Disney Springs Balloon
Credit: @csteidinger (TikTok)

If you have ever visited Disney Springs, you have probably seen a large blue hot air balloon rise into Disney World skies.

Officially named the Aerophile, this 8-minute tethered balloon experience allows Guests to get a bird’s eye view of stunning panoramic vistas of Disney Property from Disney Springs’ West Side. However, it is an experience that is subject to weather conditions–especially the wind.

Aerophile, Disney springs

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Before the attraction is open to Guests, Cast Members specially trained in operating the balloon will test to see if wind conditions are suitable for flight. Sometimes it is a smooth, steady rise to altitude. Other times, not so much. But the wind does not always appear on-queue.

One such case occurred this past weekend. It was a beautiful clear day, and the Aerophile took off with Guests on board. Shortly thereafter, wind gusts picked up on Lake Buena Vista, causing the balloon to sway erratically. The video was caught by TikTok user @csteidinger, who was filming her 6-year-old’s flight from the ground.


The #disneysprings #aerophile balloon went up this morning and the winds were definetly too fast. #disneyparks #waltdisneyworld #disney #crazy #crazywind #orlando

♬ original sound – Cecelia Steidinger

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The Aerophile is always attached to its safety tether–which also controls its ascent and descent. Employees in the balloon basket and on the ground would have gone right to work to get everybody back on the ground safely. Fortunately, the shears picked up while the craft was at a much lower altitude.

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Aerophile, Disney Springs

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One of the oldest attractions at Disney Springs, from the days of Downtown Disney, the Aerophile is a magical experience for romantic and family occasions.

Disney World describes the experience as the following:

A Flight of Fancy

Ascend 400 feet into the sky and enjoy breathtaking, 360-degree views during a tethered 8-minute balloon ride experience.

Spot iconic Walt Disney World sights down below. On clear days, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas up to 10 miles away.

Soar into an enchanting fantasy on this one-of-a-kind adventure!

Direct from France

Custom-built for Disney by Paris-based company Aérophile S.A., the Aéro30 is filled with 210,000 cubic feet of helium. The balloon’s 19-foot-diameter basket holds up to 29 people, plus one Aérophile-certified pilot.
Disney makes it clear that the balloon will not fly in winds exceeding 22 miles per hour or in a storm, suggesting that these wind gusts picked up right after the flight began. Bags, food, drinks, and strollers are not permitted aboard the craft, and all Guests under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Park news and stories as more continue to come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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