This past Sunday, I was treated to one of the coolest adventures I have been on in a very long time. My good friend Erika has just opened Air Force Fun which offers helicopter tours of the Orlando attractions area. Air Force Fun is the new kid on the block when it comes to tours but I will tell you from first-hand experience that they are probably one of the best. Located right next to the Orlando Premium Outlets near Lake Buena Vista, Air Force Fun is open seven days a week from 9:30 AM until sunset.
If you have any reservations about going up in a helicopter, the friendly staff will put you at ease very quickly. Obviously, there are safety precautions to take, but those are things that you worry about while you are still on the ground. It's 100% pure fun while you're up in the air!
The pilots are very knowledgeable, very friendly and are quick to point out exactly (with great detail) what you are looking at 600 feet below you. On a clear day, it's so incredible what you can see. Some of the views are quite outstanding, and as a local, it gave me a much better appreciation of what I see each and everyday. Joseph Lando was my pilot and he was OUTSTANDING!
Air Force Fun offers six (6) different tours that range from 4-5 minutes all the way up to approximately 25 minutes. Tours feature flyovers of Downtown Disney, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, the International Drive Resort Area, SeaWorld, Aquatica and Universal Orlando. Unfortunately, flyovers are not permitted over the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom. But don't worry, you will definitely have plenty to see. Prices start at $20.
Air Force Fun does follow FAA guidelines, so there are a few restrictions required to fly. There is a maximum weight requirement on the aircraft, so please do not be offended when they ask to take your weight. You will be given a safety briefing prior to boarding - there are also no bags, purses, weapons or smoking allowed on the aircraft. You may use your camera while in the air; Air Force Fun will soon offer ground pictures to capture your pre-boarding.
I would definitely recommend Air Force Fun over any other helicopter tour in Orlando. The friendly staff, professional pilots, beautiful location, attention to safety and some of the most awesome views of the attraction areas definitely put them at the top of my list. Once you try them, I know they'll be at the top of yours, too!
Check them out at www.airforcefun.com (please note their website is under construction)
Air Force Fun is located at:
12211 Regency Village Drive Suite #13
Orlando, FL 32821
(Right behind McDonald's and Outback Steakhouse)
In the meantime, enjoy the great views below!
|Headed into Downtown Disney|
|This is one way to beat I-4 gridlock!|
|Downtown Disney and Saratoga Springs|
|Sorry about the glare. Dang sun!|
|Headed towards Typhoon Lagoon|
|Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort|
|Epcot and World Showcase Lagoon|
|Headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios - Tower of Terror is on your left. Please wear your seat belt Erika.|
|Disney's Boardwalk Resort and the Swan and Dolphin|
|Disney's Hollywood Studios|
|Can you see what's left of a giant Hidden Mickey?|
|Disney's Blizzard Beach|
|Look at that tube ride!!!|
|Disney's Art of Animation Resort|
|Art of Animation and Pop Century|
|Waldorf Astoria Golf Course|
|Hilton and Waldorf Astoria at Bonnet Creek|
|Team Disney and Downtown Disney|
|Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs)|
|Lake Buena Vista and I-4 headed east|
|Coming in for a landing - Orlando Premium Outlets|
|Almost there! I can see my car!|