Thompson Aire Flight Program Review.

Our flights are flown daily (Weather Permitting) at sunrise. We start our program at 6am.  Plan on three to four hours for the entire program.  We will be outdoors for about two hours. 
We will start our adventure with a pre-flight briefing at the Maingate Lakeside Resort There we will introduce you to your Pilot(s) and Flight Crews.   We will talk about your mornings adventure and answer any questions you may have about the flight. 

We have found that people enjoy the whole program even more when they know what to expect each step along the way.

After our pre-flight briefing we will step outside and launch a small helium balloon to determine the wind direction for the morning.
See "About the Aircraft" for more on this.
Balloons float with the wind and we want to make sure we have landing fields in the direction we are going.  Once we have selected a launch site we will climb aboard our vehicles and head to the launch site.
At the launch site you may become a member of the ground team as we inflate the balloon and prepare for flight.  Many people love our hands on approach.  To help or not is your choice.
Once the balloon is inflated and ready for flight you will board and liftoff into the heavens.
Our flight will last approximately an hour.  During the flight we will point out all of the spectacular sites this area has to offer.  Make sure your batteries are charged on your camera and maybe an extra set or another memory card to be safe.  The area we fly has a great variety of things to see.  The entire area is a great mix from swamps and forests to resorts and residential.  Theme parks and wildlife.  You may see a 4 foot alligator or even a 4 foot mouse.
As we mentioned above we plan our flight using the layers of wind in the atmosphere.  We do our best to create a flight plan where we can both fly up high and have a look around and also come down to the tree tops and view the swamps and forest up close where you can actually see the wildlife!
Please have a look at some of our videos on the "TA Video" page. LANDING CLIPS is a great video!
At our landing site our ground support team will be waiting for us.  Once the balloon has been stored away will will have the traditional champagne toast.  We will explain some of the history of balloon flight as well as how the tradition of champagne upon landing came about.  You will also be presented with your Thompson Aire custom champagne cup!
We will then return to the Greenhouse Restaurant for an all you can eat buffet breakfast  The Buffet breakfast has over 65 items you can choose from and an Omelet Chief on duty to make eggs and omelets any way you would like.  During our breakfast we will award all the passengers with their first flight certificate suitable for framing
Plan on about 3 to 4 hours for the entire trip.
Don't want to fly but want to come along?   Ask about the Chase Package!

Included in our program.

  • Pre-Flight briefing with our pilots.

  • Transportation from the Maingate Lakeside Resort to one of our many launch sites.

  • Participate in the inflation of your Balloon. (voluntary)

  • Photo of your group in the balloon. (Posted to our Calendar after the flight)

  • Approximately one hour of flight in the Disney World area.

  • Champagne ceremony after the flight with a brief history of balloon flight.

  • Custom souvenir Thompson Aire Champagne cup.

  • Transportation back to the Maingate Lakeside from landing site.

  • All you can eat buffet breakfast including an Omelet Chief on duty to make eggs or omelets any way you like right in front of you!

  • Official First Flight Certificate.

  • In flight photo and flight video available online after the flight.

  • All the bad balloon jokes you can stand.

Pricing

(Family Rates)

  • Adult Fare $185.00 per Person (Adult)
  • Jr. Adult Fare (10 to 15 Years) $105.00
  • Children 5 to 9 years old  Free with paid adult.
Please be aware when bringing children under the age of 5 years old.  The burner on the balloon can frighten very small children.  Please see information on the FAQ page.
Only one child free per adult.   Additional children will be charged at the Jr. Adult price.

Group Discounts,

  • Four Adults booked together reduces the price to $180 each.
  • Five Adults, booked together can fly for $175 each.
  • Six  Adults or more, booked together can fly for $170 each.
See pricing page for conditions on reduced rates.
Junior adults and children's prices are with a full paying adults.  To receive the family rates you must pay full adult rates.  You may not combine Family Rates and Group Discounts. You may choose the pricing that fits your group best.
Before asking for any other discounts please read about Discounts on our FAQ page.

NOTE:  These are not private flights!  You may have other people with you in the balloon depending on the number of people in your party.   Private flights are available.

To book your flight you will need a credit card to reserve your spots.  No charges will be made until after the flight.  During breakfast we will ask you how you would like to pay for your flight.  Here is a link to our cancellation policy page.