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Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration Takes to the Skies with Mickey Mouse!


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  • Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration Takes to the Skies with Mickey Mouse!

    Disneyland Resort Press Release

    DISNEYLAND 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TAKES TO THE SKIES WITH MICKEY MOUSE!, by calling (877) 700-DISNEY, or by visiting local travel agents.
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    Re: Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration Takes to the Skies with Mickey Mouse!

    Fun Facts & Statistics

    Fun Facts

    &#183; The Happiest Balloon On Earth will be the first hot air balloon to ever to rise over the Grand Canyon.
    &#183; 2,000 average-sized children could easily fit inside the balloon
    &#183; Mickey’s nose is 5.5 ft diameter..... a child could easily stand up inside it.
    &#183; If Mickey’s body were added to the balloon he would stand over 200 feet tall!
    &#183; The pupils of Mickey’s eyes are over 6 ft in diameter
    &#183; If Mickey’s hat was made from real gold it would require more gold than the total mined by the Roman Empire.
    &#183; The Happiest Balloon on Earth can fit into a bag which is 1,400 times smaller than the fully inflated balloon.
    &#183; On a good weather day, The Happiest Balloon On Earth can fly two miles high!
    &#183; Laurie Spencer is the first female pilot of a Disney hot air balloon (her husband Scott is co-pilot)

    Balloon Statistics

    &#183; Height: 98 ft from ground to top of ears
    &#183; Weight: Estimate 410lbs
    &#183; Circumference: 168 ft
    &#183; Diameter: 53 ft
    &#183; Volume: 90,000 cu. ft (body) - 113,000 total
    &#183; Lift capacity: 1800lb max gross lift
    &#183; Thread Used: Approximately 9 miles of thread!
    &#183; Gold Fabric for Mouse Ears: Approximately 750 Sq Yards
    &#183; Fabric: Approximately 4744

    General Hot Air Balloon Info

    &#183; Launch locations are variable and dependant on weather, balloon safety and FAA restrictions
    &#183; Weather permitting the balloon can potentially be utilized for thirty minutes to an hour
    maximum in the early morning (Sunrise to 10am on a perfect day) or prior to sunset in the summer and potentially mid-day in the fall. In most cases, mid day weather is completely unpredictable due to the heat of the atmosphere
    &#183; Once the balloon is inflated there are three ways to operate it
    - Static inflation (ground)
    - Tethered (Just off the ground)
    - Free flight
    &#183; The Happiest Balloon On Earth balloon requires a 150' x 150' of an unobstructed footprint and preferably grass
    &#183; Two vehicles and a trailer are required to the support tour:
    - Chase vehicle and a trailer
    - Motor home to use for all ground support, radio and TV remote backdrop etc.
    &#183; Manufacturer: Cameron Balloons US (Ann Arbor Michigan)
    &#183; Balloon Pilots: Scott and Laurie Spencer, Lighter Than Air America, Inc.

    Balloon Tour Locations & Dates

    &#183; Tucson, AZ March 30-31
    &#183; Phoenix, AZ April 3-4
    &#183; San Diego, CA April 6-7
    &#183; Fresno, CA April 17
    &#183; San Francisco, CA April 19-20
    &#183; Sacramento, CA April 25-26
    &#183; Vancouver, BC May 2-3
    &#183; Seattle, WA May 9-10
    &#183; Portland, OR May 15-16
    &#183; Salt Lake City, UT May 22-23
    &#183; Albuquerque, NM May 25 - 26
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      Re: Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration Takes to the Skies with Mickey Mouse!

      Check out this thread for photos of the Balloon...
      Check out my Theme Park Photos at


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