There are so many toys and games and stuff you can buy at Walt Disney World, and we have all brought home many of them. But one always intrigued me which I finally acted upon in December 2009 when I purchased my first Balzac balloon ball. I've purchased two others for my grandkids since then.
Cast Member Herb selling Balzac Balls in the World Showcase
We have all seen the Balzac Balls, when we pass through one of the East-West corridors at Future World in Epcot or in the World Showcase near Mexico. I've also seen them at Downtown Disney and in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom.. What a wonderfully simple invention this was, to surround a balloon with a durable cover that creates a toy for both indoor and outside use. It is also addictive, OK maybe just for me; but I find myself bouncing it against the furniture when my grandchildren are not around to play catch.
The Balzac Balls are very light, almost weightless. It seems to float in the air, without injuries or breakage with normal play. And since the structure is basically a balloon, even if the inside balloon breaks or loses air, the cost to replace it is pennies. And with the cloth covering, it is almost indestructible.
You get instructions with the package and a few extra balloons, but I also recommend picking up an extra package of refills. Simply fit the balloon into a pre-cut hole in the cover, blow it up and tie it. That's it. Have fun.
There are a variety of ways you can enhance the experience, such as adding rice to the balloon so when blown up it will add sound to your throws. Give it a little weight by adding water and flight will be a little more controlled; make it heavier with more water in the balloon and it can be rolled on the ground or even over water. Plus the exterior cover can be put in the washer.
Disney Mom Mary Ann next to a nearly life-size Balzac Ball.
You can also place a coin or coins between the balloon and the cover on the inside, which make for a wild throwing game as it appears to bounce in the air. More variations of play are possible; clearly the Balzac Ball is almost the perfect toy. Easy to use, inexpensive, quick to repair, versatile to modify and it has Mickey Mouse (or some other Disney character) on the cover. What more would you want?
There are stores online where you can purchase the Balzac Balls. I've seen them in school sports and recreation catalogs for example. The designs are generic in that case and available in several sizes. Your WDW Store has a pretty large collection of sizes that range from 12 inches to 4 ½ feet. E-Bay is also a good place to check, even for a used ball since the cloth cover will last a long time without any tears. For me, the 15" size is perfect since I use it inside; but I may take a step up to a larger size to play with the kids outside in nicer weather.
Of course, the best place to buy a Balzac Ball is at Walt Disney World. You get to select from various character scenes, see the product in action in order to make the best decision for you and your family, and the package is so small, it can be carried easily. So don't forget to pick up this great Disney toy and relive the memory on your next trip every time you play.