|Lulu and Harry get ready to board Disney 1|
|This is EPCOT. Saturday we will be in there.|
|It was Lulu's surprise gift and it was a good one|
I do not have a bucket list - but I am 68 and Lulu and I never had ridden in a helicopter. We have had several chances in national parks - but you know how tourists whine about noisy choppers ruining the beauty of the moment. So Lulu had purchased the tickets on line - I could either go or lose the money. So off we went - flying over one of the places we love best in the world - Disney's Land.
The ride was only 15 minutes long - we were going about 110 MPH - at 500 to 600 feet above the attractions. We flew over Disney Village/Downtown Disney/Disney Springs - several hotels - EPCOT - Disney Hollywood Studios - golf courses - and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. We did not invade the air over the Magic Kingdom - but you could clearly see Cinderella's Castle.
|Last chance to back out|
This family just did a circle and landed right away.
This is our soft gentle landing.
We had headphones on - and it was surprisingly quiet. I was amazed at the great visibility without any distortion. The glass dome was sparkling clean - inside and out. They offer all kinds of flights based on time and distance. One family in front of us - took off - made a circle - and landed - in out 5 minutes of time. It costs about $300 to ride during the Disney fireworks display at night. Our flight was $50 per - and Lulu said it was just enough - she was getting a bit queasy near the end. She was in the back seat - probably not as good of a view.
I am guessing the helicopter we rode in cost $400,000. It looked like they could squeeze 5 people into it. There are several companies competing for your business. I am sure they have a deal with Disney to limit the time they spend over the holy grounds.
It was a wonderful experience and brilliant gift.
Stand by for some video of flight.
|I-4 and the Hilton in Disney Village|
|this was called Downtown Disney - now Disney Springs|
|River boat under construction|
|Hot Air Balloon|
|Disney Adult Land|
|Caribbean Beach Resort|
|Dolphin and Swann hotels|
|Tower of Terror|
|All-Star Hotels - we stayed here a lot|
|Last December we took kids here - All-Star Hotels|
|Really clean windows|
|Lulu had my back|