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“Wedding in the sky!”
Review of Thompson Aire

Thompson Aire
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Owner description: This is one of those DO NOT MISS attractions. 7 days a week at sunrise Thompson Aire offers Hot Air Balloon flights in the Disney world area. A three to four hour adventure that will have you talking about it the rest of your life. Float effortlessly over the tree tops and see the real Florida from literally a birds eye view! See areas of swamps and forest untouched by human hands. Wildlife is everywhere and photo opportunities are endless. Flight program is offered each morning at sunrise and includes a pre-flight briefing with the pilot, a one hour flight, Champagne ceremony, full buffet breakfast and first flight certificate. Reservations are required. Book online. Reduced rates for ages 10 to 15 and children 9 and under are FREE with a full paid adult.
Reviewed 12 June 2012

My husband Neil and I got married in a balloon above Orlando in April, and we are SO happy we choose Thompson Aire Balloons. They made us feel welcome and safe and really included us in the entire process. These guys are profesional,friendly, fun, and above all else these guys have a passion for flying these balloons! Jeff the "flight captain" made our wedding day truely magical.

Overall the experience was perfect, from the weather to the company. I would recommend this to EVERYONE, locals and visitors.

Date of experience: April 2012
Thank merlinormartin
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We booked a balloon ride for our daughter's 16th birthday and we could not have been more pleased. Thompson Aire is run by very experienced knowledgable people and very friendly folks who explain everything that is going on and a lot about the history and mechanics of ballooning. This was really the highlight of our entire trip and I highly recommend Thompson Aire!

Date of experience: March 2012
Thank Sherry R
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

My wife wanted to do this I was not so sure.Anyway I booked this for our aniversary and kept quiet about the nerves.Our first attempt was cancelled as a thunderstorm was on the way(went back to bed)re- booked for a week later and I have got to say one of the best things I have ever done the crew are friendly, safety is number one and you just know they love doing this.Big breakfast to finish off. A* chaps

Date of experience: July 2011
1  Thank roddisfamily
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

We had done a bit of research on the various companies offering balloon flights in the Orlando area, thinking a balloon flight can't vary all that much. All I can say is how glad we are that we chose to fly with Captain Jeff and Thompson Aire!

From start to finish you know you are in safe hands and don't have to worry about a thing-they run through exactly what's going to happen and what to expect, which was very reassuring. The team are all fantastic and have a LOT of experience between them; they really know what they are doing! Captain Jeff himself is very friendly, helpful and has a whole stock of terrible jokes!

When we got to the launch area a couple of balloons were being inflated by a rival company (one of the ones we checked out) and they were twice the size of our balloon and took at least 15 people, compared to the four that were in our balloon! you definitely get a more intimate and personal service with TA.

The flight itself was great, had nothing to worry about-it was funny to see the other balloons miss the landing site and start panicking on the radio trying to find somewhere else to land!

All in all it was a great experience and one we won't ever forget!

Date of experience: December 2011
3  Thank crumpo
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

Thompson Aire is a family run business with a number of smaller basket balloons which mean that you are never going to be more than six in a basket and often only four. When we flew we saw some rival companies with baskets of 18 people. Not only were there balloons harder for the operator to manouvre but there was a lot less personal interaction between passengers and pilot. On our visit two out of three rival baloons missed the landing area but all four of ours touched down within yards of each other.

The pilots and ground crew are great, very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We flew over our pilots house and he shouted down to his neighbours!

Unfortunately our youngest son was sick on the way to the balloon ride but the people were fantastic. He sat in one of the ground crew vehicles with one of us and we did not get charged for the rides for child and parent that we had to forego while the other two of us completed our ride and met them with the ground crew on landing.

Hugely recommended. Might be slightly more expensive but you will get what you pay for

Date of experience: October 2011
5  Thank mickthemunch
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