5 amazing helicopter rides in Orlando

Helicopters on the landing pad

The sky’s the limit when you take a luxury helicopter ride in Orlando, taking you higher above the city than even the tallest roller coaster can reach. An Orlando helicopter tour is the perfect way to get a magical bird’s eye view of the Florida landscape stretching out beneath you. If you’re thinking of taking to the sky on your Orlando vacation, take a look at our guide to some of the best helicopter rides in Orlando.

Grand Park Adventure Tour

Take a “flightseeing” tour over all of Orlando’s world-famous parks on this helicopter ride run by Orlando Heli-tours. Highlights of the tour include views of the great ball of Epcot, Universal Studios, 8 Disney resorts and parks, and Old Town Orlando. The Grand Park Adventure Tour lasts for approximately 20 minutes and is a wonderful way to get a unique view of the renowned theme parks of Florida.

A view of Lake Eola from above

Orlando Space Coast

It’s not quite as high as the Cape Canaveral launches, but this awesome helicopter tour in Orlando is still out-of-this-world. This Adrenaline tour departs from Kissimmee and lasts for 1 hour, taking in spectacular views of Port Canaveral, the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building, and the Shuttle Runway. One for space lovers, this amazing helicopter flight also takes in some stunning coastal views as you fly out east from Orlando and along Cape Canaveral.

Celebrity Grand Tour VIP Experience

Get a taste of the celebrity high life in this luxury trip by Orlando Heli-Tours. Not only will you fly over the theme parks of Orlando, but you’ll also pass over the gator-rich Butler Chain Of Lakes and numerous multi-million dollar homes owned by celebrities. The tour lasts for around 25 minutes and departs from Premium Outlets in Orlando. This is a great tour for seeing more of Orlando from the air beside the theme parks. It is a great choice for those wanting to see a mixture of man-made and natural beauty.

A helicopter on a landing pad

Fireworks Tour

For something a little bit different and very special indeed, take this magical fireworks tour with Orlando Helicopter Adventures. This nightly flight lasts for half an hour and coincides with the firework displays at Disney World, giving passengers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see fireworks from eye level. This is a unique and spectacular experience, as the night sky above Orlando is illuminated by the technicolor sparks of light erupting from the Disney fireworks, creating a twinkling sea of sparks all around you.

Lake Toho Eco Tour

This 15-minute flight takes passengers over one of the beautiful natural sights of Orlando. Flying around the edge of Lake Toho, you might spot airboats in the water, cattle on the bank, and even wild gators that live in the lake. Max Flight Heli is the provider of this tour (they also do awesome night tours over the parks and Downtown Orlando). If you want to get an overview of some of Florida’s iconic natural spaces, then this is the helicopter tour for you.

Bird's eye view of Orlando

Orlando helicopter tours FAQs

How long do helicopter tours in Orlando take?

It’s up to you! Helicopter rides in Orlando can last from a few minutes up to an hour, during which time you can easily see the highlights of the city from above.

Where do helicopter rides in Orlando depart from?

The answer to this depends very much on which tour provider you book with. Most depart from around the Downtown Orlando or Kissimmee areas. Double-check the company website or your booking details for exact departure points and times for your Orlando helicopter ride.

Can children go on Orlando helicopter tours?

Yes, children are welcome on almost all helicopter tours, with some companies offering reduced prices for kids. 

Do you need to book in advance?

It is well worth booking your Orlando helicopter tour in advance. This will ensure that you secure the date, time, and tour that you want. The majority of helicopters only seat 4 people, so spaces fill up fast for popular flights. However, there are some companies, such as Orlando Heli-Tours, which accept walk-in passengers.

Do I need to bring anything for my Orlando helicopter tour?

Most companies require passengers to bring a photo I.D with them, as well as their booking confirmation.

Can I take photographs on my helicopter tour in Orlando?

Most companies will allow you to take photographs once you are inside the helicopter. That being said, selfie sticks and similar devices are generally not permitted for safety reasons. For specific rules and regulations according to your tour provider, check on their website.

Helicopter taking off

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