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    Downtown Disney's iconic balloon disappears after balloon accident in Hong Kong



    A familiar sight is missing in the attractions area.

    The Characters in Flight balloon is no longer operating at Downtown Disney, following an accident involving a similar balloon at a park in Hong Kong.

    Disney fan Web sites say the balloon has been pulled for inspection, as has a similar ride at Disneyland Paris, after the recent Hong Kong mishap.

    The Standard, an English-language news Web site in Hong Kong, reports that five people were injured when a balloon sprang a leak and plunged to the ground from a height of more than 60 yards on Thursday. None of the injuries was serious.
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    There is no word yet on when — or if — the balloon will resume ferrying passengers into the sky above Downtown Disney.

    A Disney spokeswoman confirmed that Paris-based Aerophile, the company that owns and runs the balloon ride, suspended operations until further notice.

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    Re: Downtown Disney's iconic balloon disappears after balloon accident in Hong Kong

    Oh no!

    I do hope they bring back Characters in Flight - I loved it.

    I can understand that safety has to come first though. Who could argue with that?

    Just bring it back soon!


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    The hot air ballon

    Disney World took out Downtown Disney hot air ballon n out of Paris n Hong Kong.
    Hong Kongs hot air ballon had punctured n dropped injuring 6 people. They are going to be ok. But as percaution all the Balloons are pulled for inspections.


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    Re: The hot air ballon

    Quote Originally Posted by Gelebean2 View Post
    Disney World took out Downtown Disney hot air ballon n out of Paris n Hong Kong.
    Hong Kongs hot air ballon had punctured n dropped injuring 6 people. They are going to be ok. But as percaution all the Balloons are pulled for inspections.
    As we already have a Front Page News article on this story I have merged the threads together.


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    Re: Downtown Disney's iconic balloon disappears after balloon accident in Hong Kong

    I did this in 2010, right when MK was doing fireworks (not planned), and it was amazing.

    Didn't in 2011.

    I'll miss it this year.


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    We were going to go up in the balloon back in august but didn't have time I was so looking forward to riding it in december. Hope the inspections go well and its back in buisness



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    Hope it comes back. It took soooo long to do it, the winds kept grounding it.


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