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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

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

    Balloon Statistics

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

    General Hot Air Balloon Info

    · Launch locations are variable and dependant on weather, balloon safety and FAA restrictions
    · 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
    · Once the balloon is inflated there are three ways to operate it
    - Static inflation (ground)
    - Tethered (Just off the ground)
    - Free flight
    · The Happiest Balloon On Earth balloon requires a 150' x 150' of an unobstructed footprint and preferably grass
    · 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.
    · Manufacturer: Cameron Balloons US (Ann Arbor Michigan)
    · Balloon Pilots: Scott and Laurie Spencer, Lighter Than Air America, Inc.

    Balloon Tour Locations & Dates

    · Tucson, AZ March 30-31
    · Phoenix, AZ April 3-4
    · San Diego, CA April 6-7
    · Fresno, CA April 17
    · San Francisco, CA April 19-20
    · Sacramento, CA April 25-26
    · Vancouver, BC May 2-3
    · Seattle, WA May 9-10
    · Portland, OR May 15-16
    · Salt Lake City, UT May 22-23
    · Albuquerque, NM May 25 - 26
    Check out my Theme Park Photos at


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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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