Thursday, October 04, 2007

Kinga Hot Air Ballon Trips

This is easily one of my favorite details in all of Walt Disney World.

Littered throughout the architecture of Harambe Village in the Africa area of Disney's Animal Kingdom are copies of this often weather-worn poster. Kinga Hot Air Ballon Trips offers safe, unique and romantic aerial tours of East Africa.

Very cool in and of itself, but the real payoff for this minor bit of background detail comes as you walk through the queue for Kilimanjaro Safaris. Our oft-repeated mantra of "look up!" proves good advice. For there, hanging high above and pretty much unnoticed, is balloon and basket from the enterprising folks at Kinga.

Credit Where Credit is Due Dept.: Jessica first pointed out the poster a few weeks back, but in the version she featured from Tusker House, the name of the company was Shields. Lou subsequently gave us the literal heads up about the Safaris queue. Thanks guys!


Jessica said...

I'm glad you found the "real" balloon and not the one that the poor confused CM showed you! :-)

Anonymous said...

Love those Disney details!

Anonymous said... all my years of visiting WDW and in all my months of reading this site, this poster is one of the few details you've pointed out that I've actually taken note of on my own. But I never saw the actual balloon before! (Gah, you're always a step ahead...) Very cool detail.