Hot Air Balloon Ride With #OrlandoBalloonAdventures at Sunrise! Here Is What to Expect!

Orlando Balloon Adventures invited me to experience a Hot Air Balloon Ride. Expenses were covered and all opinions are my own.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Orlando 5 Things To Expect

I am still in awe of the fact that recently took my very first Hot Air Balloon Ride with Orlando Balloon Adventures.  

To make this once in a lifetime opportunity even more special, I got to ride at sunrise along with 5 other great ladies and of course our very talented pilot, Pat.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Orlando Setup

Pictures truly do speak a thousand words and the photos really show what this ride was all about.

However I will give you a little bit of background of how we actually got up in the air that morning.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Orlando Setup 2

We first headed out at 5 am and met our pilot at a local Starbucks.  We got introduced to the gentlemen who would coordinate our adventure, and also signed off on wavers for our flight.

After the pilot determined the wind direction, we then headed off to a field for take off.

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Once we arrived at the location, the equipment was pulled out, and the staff immediately started setting up the balloon.  This included laying the balloon out in front of the basket and starting the inflation process with a fan.

The other ladies and myself each got a chance to hold on while it was being blown up.

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Once it began to rise up,  it was time to turn on the heat.

I could feel the warmth on my face and see just how powerful this vehicle was as it rose up higher.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Orlando Setup 4

At this point, it was time for us to make our entrance.

Along the sides of the basket there are notches to step up on, and with a little assistance, we entered inside.

Boarding the Hot Air Balloon Orlando

Here I am with Kelly, Mary, Amy, Jennifer, and Tara as we are getting ready to go.

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Right after take-off, Crew member Adam took this photo. Thank you to the Orlando Balloon Adventures May 30 Facebook Post for supplying this picture.

Picture of our Hot Air Balloon from Orlando Balloon Adventures

As we went up into the sky, this is one of the first things I saw.  Breathtaking Sunrise.

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Next, the pilot maneuvered us over a body of water so we could see our reflection.

Reflection of Hot Air Balloon

Pat also told us, that we might also see wildlife and he did not disappoint.  We saw a large group of deer.

Aerial views of deer from a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Of course one of neat things was seeing the other balloons around us.  It was such an awesome sight.

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As we floated along, I snapped a picture of our shadow as well.

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I think what was the most eye-opening to me on this flight was just how small we are, being up this high was a big reminder.

Aerial views from the Hot Air Ballon Ride

As we went over other bodies of water, we were also reminded that Florida has Alligators.

I zoomed in on this one poking his head out of a pond.

Hot Air Balloon Ride and Alligator View

Check out how small that  person is in the pool below.

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Do you see the famous Mickey Mouse Ears power line? It is next to the push pin.

From up at this height, we were also able to see Epcot and other Disney World Attractions.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Orlando Mickey Mouse Ears

As we heading towards the field we would be using for our landing,  I caught another neat photo of the other 2 balloons.

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At our descent,  one of the balloons was getting pretty close to the water.

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I thought this was a great photo of it hovering over the pond.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Orlando

As we were coming in to land, we were instructed to bend our knees a little and hold onto the ropes on the inside of the baskets.

It was a smooth touchdown thanks to Pat.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Orlando breaking down

After the landing, the balloon was immediately deflated and came down a lot faster than it went up.

Pilot of of Hot Air Ballon Ride Orlado Florida

I actually was very calm through the whole process, and only after landing did I get emotional. They were happy tears.

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Our stats for the day included reaching a top altitude of 1476 and top speed of 17 mph.

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We weren’t finished after the landing though.  Just as the day began, we ended our trip by helping to dissemble the aircraft.

Breaking down the Hot Air Balloon in Orlando

A couple of the ladies helped break it down and load it back up.  It was fun to watch.

The Pilot toasting after our Hot Air Ballon Ride

Of course an Orlando Balloon Adventures ride would not be complete without some history and a toast.

Crew member Adam and Pat even set us up with a great breakfast, and furnished Mimosas to complete our, “Cheers!”.

Toasting after Our Hot Air Ballon Ride Orlando Florida

We were even entertained with “The Balloonist Prayer”.

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


Hot Air Balloon Ride Expectations

I highly recommend taking a Hot Hair Balloon Ride with Orlando Balloon Adventures. The Crew, Pat and Adam, were professional and at no point in time did I ever feel scared. They did a great job of lifting us off and bringing us in for a safe landing.

This was such an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful to have seen such wonderful views from that height and perspective.

Have you ever been in a Hot Air Balloon before? Is this something you would like to do?

Visit or call (877) 475-9386 to find out more information and to make a reservation.

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  1. What an awesome fun adventure! I love that you did it, I’m not sure I’d be able to go through with it to the end. 🙂

  2. Some of those views are breathtaking. I would love to go sometime!

  3. This looks amazing! Taking a hot air balloon ride is on my bucket list of things that I want to experience. My parents are moving near Orlando, so this place would be perfect to check out when we visit them.

  4. What an adventure you had! Wow! I think I’d be quite nervous but it certainly looks like an exhilarating ride!

  5. Rebecca Swenor says:

    Glad you had awesome time but I don’t know if I could do this because I am afraid of heights.

  6. I have always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride. That looks amazing.

  7. This looks like so much fun. I have always wanted to do this. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow! Look at all the stuff you can see from a hot air balloon. I love the deer on the forest line there! This is a bucket list item for me. I’m only scared at where those things decide to land.

  9. What a neat adventure! I’m so scared but would love to conquer my fear and get up on a hot air balloon in the future.

  10. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That looks like an amazing adventure! I have never seen a hot air balloon in person before.

  11. How fun is that! I’ve always wanted to try a hot air balloon.

  12. I’d be totally terrified, but yep, I would absolutely do it! It sounds pretty darn cool.

  13. A hot air balloon ride is on my bucket list. I’m glad you ladies had such a great time.

  14. Oh my goodness, I would seriously be freaking out about that awesome balloon ride. I’m terrified of heights, but still I have always wanted to go on a hot hair balloon ride! So cool!!!!

  15. Ooooh! I’m so jealous. This is something I would so love to do. It looks like it was an amazing. experience.

  16. Just looking at these pictures makes my heart jump! I’m so scared of heights!!!

  17. I have never been in a hot air balloon before, but it looks like an awesome experience! I would love to do it one day.

  18. What an experience! This looks amazing and the pics are GORGEOUS! I wish I would have done this when I was younger and fearless, because you would never get me up there now! 🙂

  19. that is awesome, sounds like an amazing experience – beautiful aerial views!

  20. The ballooons are so pretty! And those views are breathtaking!

  21. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Awesome photos! I would love to go on a balloon ride but I am afraid.

  22. I would love to ride in a hot air balloon. It’s one of those things that I have on my bucket list – but I’m afraid once I get up, I’ll freak out. LOL

  23. Wow! What fun adventure that is 🙂 You all look like you had a blast 🙂 Beautiful views from above too 🙂

  24. That is so cool, I’ve always want to do this. Next time we go to Florida!!

  25. We went to a show once but didnt go up in one. Hubby is terrified of heights but looks like fun!

  26. What a great experience. I’d love to take a Air Balloon Ride. It seems like so much fun plus great scenery.


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