PanoraMagique (Disneyland Paris Resort)

Opening in April 2005, PanoraMagique is truly a great experience. Located on a permanent platform on Lake Disney is a large, brightly painted, helium filled balloon. Suspended beneath this marvel is a metal “cage” capable of carrying 30 guests high above the resort. This six minute ride takes you 100 meters (328 feet) into the sky for a magnificent view of the Disneyland Paris Resort and beyond. The balloon is tethered to a high-speed winch that silently controls your assent and decent. Once aloft, a 360° view is yours to enjoy. On a clear day you can see 20 kilometers (12½ miles).

PanoraMagique is operated by Aerophile, not Disney, and it requires a separate ticket. When I was there in 2005 the cost was 12€ but I’m sure prices have risen since then. Operation is dependent on weather conditions. Wind is a definite deterrent.

I’m not to keen on heights, but I didn’t hesitate for a minute to hop aboard and take some magnificent Disney photos. I would highly recommend budgeting some time during your trip to experience this unique adventure.

Ticket booth

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

Balloon and Hotel New York

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

Balloon with Sequoia Lodge in the background

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Park

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris


Walt Disney Studios Park

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel and Train Station

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

Disney Village

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

Hotel New York

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

Sequoia Lodge

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

Newport Bay Club

PanoraMagique at Disneyland Paris

It was announced last year that a PanoraMagique-type balloon would be coming to WDW’s Downtown Disney as part of the Pleasure Island make-over. Since then, little information has been forthcoming. Only time will tell if the gloomy economy will delay or derail this new attraction.

In my next blog I’ll be discussing the Disney Village.

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