I did not know Disney had a hot air balloon ride! Even when I took this picture in Downtown Disney.
No idea. Didn't make the connection. But next visit, I am definitely getting on this ride. It's called Characters in Flight and you go up 400 ft in the air right over Walt Disney World Resort for eight to ten minutes. The gondola attached to the balloon holds up to 30 people including the pilot.
Ride is $18 for guests at least 10 years old, $12 for guests 3 - 9 years old, and free for guests 2 years old and younger. Tickets can be bought at a counter next to the hot air balloon. The ride is pretty much open all day every day, but most of the time is even open before and after the parks are open, 8:30am - midnight for those packing in a full day.
It's a little different from a traditional hot air balloon ride in that it's tethered, but should still be a good time not to mention a great view!