You may not be familiar with the fact that the origins of Disney World balloons date all the way back to the 1940s.
This is when Treb Heining, also known as Confetti King, began his lifelong career as a balloon man when he was 15 years old. He later started selling the original Mickey Mouse helium balloons at Disney World.
When we hear the words “balloon” and “Disney World,” a fun image comes to mind; that of a floating Disney-themed bubble that our children and other loved ones enjoy playing with.
If you’re in Disney World or are planning on going there soon for a vacation, and you’re looking to score some balloons, this guide is for you. We’re going to highlight all you need to know about Disney World balloons.
Hey, make sure to read till the end; there’s a little secret.
Where to Find Disney World Balloons
Disney balloons are available for purchase at several locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. You can find Mickey balloons and more in the Disney parks Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and also in Disney Springs.
Note: EPCOT and Disney’s Animal Kingdom do not sell balloons. Due to animal safety, you may bring previously purchased balloons into EPCOT but not into Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Balloon vendors are all around Disney World, and if there isn’t a balloon in your line of sight, rest assured that one is nearby.
The most famous place to buy a Disney balloon is at the Magic Kingdom’s entrance. That said, if you’re looking for the best place to buy a Disney balloon, Main Street USA is your best bet.
You can also buy them along Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as anywhere crowds gather, such as parade routes and nighttime spectaculars.
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Themed Balloons Available at Disney World
Here’s a list of the well-known Disney characters featured on themed balloons Disney World has:
- Mickey Mouse: The classic Mickey balloon is a must-have for any Disney fan. The balloon is black, yellow, and white, and it features Mickey’s iconic red shorts, black shoes, and a big, yellow smile.
- Donald Duck: Donald Duck is a classic Disney character. His black and yellow balloon features a red bowtie, an orange shirt, and a big, yellow face.
- Daisy Duck: The female counterpart to Donald Duck, Daisy Duck is a classic Disney character. Her balloon is white, purple, and pink.
- Goofy: This is another classic Disney character. His black, yellow, and red balloon features his signature white gloves and a big, yellow, goofy face.
- Cinderella: If you’re celebrating a special occasion, like a trip to the ball, the Cinderella balloon is a great option. Her purple balloon has a white heart and features her iconic golden shoes.
- Prince Charming: If you’re celebrating a special occasion, like a trip to the ball, the Prince Charming balloon is a great option. His purple balloon has a white heart and features his iconic golden shoes.
Tips for Keeping Balloons Looking Their Best
To keep your balloon looking its best, try to keep it away from crowds and out of direct sunlight. The combination of heat and moisture is the leading cause of balloon damage, so it’s best to keep your balloon out of the way.
If your balloon does get damaged or deflated, don’t worry. You can use a marker to cover up the damage or use a helium inflator to make your balloon look brand new again.
If your balloon is hanging, be sure to fold the ribbon in half so that it’s not dragging on the ground. This will keep your ribbon clean and help your balloon last longer. If you’re hanging your balloon from a wall, be sure to attach it with a ribbon and not a tack.
Most of the damage that gets caused to a balloon happens in the crowd, as we mentioned. It might (sadly) get lost or stolen from your child, so try to buy it at the end of the day when you’re going home to make the best use of your $18!
Keep going, the secret is to be revealed very soon!
Types and Cost of Balloons at Disney World
Balloons at Disney World could cost you anywhere from $12 to $18, depending on the type of balloon you choose.
There are two types of balloons:
- Standard balloons
- Specialty balloons (Glasshouse)
Standard balloons are usually regular Disney-themed balloons filled with helium, and that’s typically why they are lower in price, whereas specialty ones are more expensive.
You’re probably thinking, “Why would I buy the expensive one when I can go for the cheaper option?” “It’s just a balloon!”
Well, there’s a reason for that. Specialty balloons are basically a balloon inside another clear balloon, hence the name “Glasshouse.” It lights up and glows in the sky of your magical night at Disney World; how cool is that?
I know you’ve waited long enough for this, but I guarantee you, it’s worth it. Remember when we mentioned earlier that your balloon could get lost in the crowd or stolen?
I’m happy to be the bearer of good news and tell you that if this happens to you and you still have your receipt, you can go to the nearest balloon vendor and show them the receipt, and they’ll get you a new one while you’re in the theme park.
I told you, it’s worth it! Isn’t Walt Disney Company amazing? They have the best service.
Another incredible fact about Disney World is that if you want to take a picture with a bunch of balloons but can’t bring yourself to pay $1800 for 100 balloons, you can ask a balloon salesperson for a handful so you can take a picture!
The happiest place on earth, indeed!
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