What's on your bucket list? You may remember when I headed to Orlando to spend a few days Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa. Yes, it was amazing, and yes, I made a visit to the Serenity Spa! The resort is fabulous! While I was in Orlando I got to mark another item off my bucket list. I've got a list a mile long; things like jumping out of an airplane: check! Walking a red carpet in Hollywood: check! Marrying a really great guy and having amazing kids: check, check! Okay, I'm getting carried away. Back to Orlando.
Orlando Balloon Adventures took six of us up for an incredible balloon ride over Orlando! Was I nervous? Yes. But let me tell you, these guys are so careful about safety, you have nothing to worry about.
I had no idea what went into a balloon ride, but we were about to find out! We met at 5:30 A.M. Yes. It was early! You don't arrive to a waiting balloon. You are part of the whole process. We watched the balloon get inflated, which was amazing in itself. We all took turns holding the balloon open so the fan could blow into it.
Mary was tweeting and working the balloon!
It was magnificent once it was completely up!
Time is really of the essence on a balloon ride, so we were told to quickly jump in the basket. We were ready! That's me in the front, Mary from Couponers United behind me, Tara from Trippin With Tara behind her, Carlee from Frugal and Fun Mom to my left, Amy from Who Said Nothing in Life is Free behind her, Jennifer from My boys & their Toys behind Amy, and Pat, our pilot, in the back. Did you know you have to have a pilot's license to fly a balloon? It's true!
Our view was spectacular. As a couple of balloons usually go up in the same area, it's really fun to watch it all unfold.
We were getting up pretty high! It was so peaceful. You have to try it. And I highly recommend Orlando Balloon Adventures.
There's a hidden Mickey. Can you find it?
Pat had a go-pro!
We were up for over an hour, but it went by so fast. Once we were down, it was hard to believe we were all up in that basket! I thought you'd like to see what the inside looks like, too. The red straps are for holding on, which we only did as a precaution when landing. It was all really smooth, with just a couple of small bumps when we landed.
If you ever get the chance to take a hot air balloon ride, I highly recommend it! Orlando Balloon Adventures has flights departing daily from the Disney area at sunrise, and they fly 365 days per year if the weather permits. Each Orlando Balloon Ride last about one hour, with a total experience of about three hours.
Pat and his crew present snacks and a Champagne toast at the end of each flight:
The winds have welcomed you with softness
The sun has blessed you with his warm hands
You have flown so high and so well that God has joined you in your laughter
And set you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth
You can contact Pat at (877) 475-9386, or visit the website at Orlando Balloon Adventures. If you go, please tell him I sent you, and come back and let me know how much fun you had!
I had such a blast meeting the other writers and staying at Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa! It's a fabulous resort! Check them out when planning your next Orlando vacation!