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Characters in Flight balloon

The Characters in Flight balloon ride at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney has reportedly closed to undergo maintenance, and is expected to reopen within a few days.

The Laughing Place reports that the balloon is currently out of action. It offers guests a birds-eye view of the Walt Disney World Resort, floating into the skies from its tethered position in Downtown Disney's Village Lake.

Characters in Flight was one of a spate of minor additions to Downtown Disney in 2009 following criticism that the closure of the Pleasure Island nightclubs had reduced the area's appeal. Flights on the balloon are available from 10am to midnight, at a cost of $18 for adults and $12 for children aged 3-9.

The balloon can hold up to 29 guests at a time, and currently holds the title of being the world's largest tethered gas balloon.

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