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Heart of America Balloon Festival

2018

Heart of America Balloon Festival

2018

Get ready to have a ball at the Heart Of America Balloon Festival.

Fun for the whole family, this balloon bonanza features three days of balloon launches, tethered rides, dazzling balloon glows and more. Plus, food trucks and crafters will set up shop to display their eats and treats. It all gets underway July 6th – 8th at Mohegan Sun.

Three Day Event!

Single Day Tickets: $16.50 | 3 Day Ticket Package: $40
Children 10 and Under: FREE
Veteran and Active Military: FREE

3 Day Ticket Package

Friday, July 6th
2:00pm - 10:00pm

2:15PM
Savage Brothers on Main Stage

2:30PM
Carnival Opens

5:15PM
Spinn on Main Stage

5:45PM
Balloon Flights

6:00PM
Tethered Balloon Rides

8:45PM
Balloon Glows

In the event of too much wind, a candle stick illumination will happen.
(Basket & Burner only).

All balloon activities are weather permitting.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Saturday, July 7th
5:00am - 10:00pm

5:15AM
Grayson on Main Stage

6:30AM
Balloon Flights

6:45AM
Tethered Balloon Rides

8:00AM
Food Trucks & Craft Vendors Open

9:00AM
Carnival Opens
& Sam Woolf on Main Stage

11:00AM
Children's Magic Show

1:00PM
Balloon Rodeo

3:00PM
Southern Voice on Main Stage

5:30PM
Balloon Flights

6:00PM
Tethered Balloon Rides

6:15PM
White Wedding on Main Stage

8:45PM
Balloon Glows

In the event of too much wind, a candle stick illumination will happen. (Basket & Burner only).

All balloon activities are weather permitting.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Sunday, July 8th
5:00am - 8:00pm

5:15AM
Kyle Tucy on Main Stage

6:30AM
Balloon Flights

6:45AM
Tethered Balloon Rides

8:00AM
Food Trucks & Craft Vendors Open

9:00AM
Carnival Opens

9:15AM
Alex Tuohey on Main Stage

11:00AM
Children's Magic Show

1:00PM
Balloon Rodeo

3:00PM
Wildee on Main Stage

5:30PM
Billy Pilgrim Band on Main Stage

5:45PM
Balloon Flights

6:15PM
Tethered Balloon Rides

7:00PM
Balloon Rodeo winner announced

All balloon activities are weather permitting.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO WE BOOK A BALLOON FLIGHT?

Pilots and balloons are listed on website, contact pilot directly. Pilot will arrange date, time, location and payment

HOW LONG IS A BALLOON FLIGHT?

Flights are approximately 30 to 60 minutes

WHEN DO BALLOONS FLY?

Flights are at 6:00am and 6:00om (weather and direction permitting) winds are lighter at these times

HOW DOES A BALLOON WORK?

Three components: basket, burner and envelope. Propane is used to heat up the envelope giving it a lift. There is a vent at the top of the envelope that the pilot can open to release hot air so the balloon can come back to land.

HOW TALL OR OLD DOES A CHILD HAVE TO BE TO DO A FLIGHT IN A BALLOON?

A child should be over 10 years old and at least 45 inches tall, all passengers must be able to stand for one hour, and be able to get in and out of the basket unassisted. All children must be with an adult.

HOW TALL OR OLD DOES A CHILD HAVE TO BE TO DO A TETHERED RIDE?

At the discretion of the pilot. Anyone doing a tether or flight must be able to get in or out unassisted.

CAN WE BOOK TETHERED RIDES IN ADVANCE?

Unfortunately no, balloons will form lines for visitors who want a ride.

HOW MUCH DOES A BALLOON RIDE COST?

$325 Per Person (Book with pilot)

HOW MUCH DOES A TETHER RIDE COST?

$20 Per Person (Book with pilot)

HOW DO I GET BACK TO THE FESTIVAL AFTER MY BALLOON RIDE?

Transportation is provided by the pilot (chase vehicle)

DOES MY BALLOON RIDE INCLUDE ADMISSION INTO THE EVENT?

yes, pilots will issue boarding passes to be shown at gate

WHERE WILL MY BALLOON LAND?

We have no steering wheel, so we go where the wind goes.

CAN MY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 18 RIDE IN A BALLOON WITHOUT AN ADULT?

No.

HOW HIGH, HOW FAR, AND HOW FAST WILL THE BALLOON GO?

The balloons can go over 1,000 feet in the air, and travel at whatever the wind speed is at the time. ;

HOW HIGH WILL I GO ON A TETHER RIDE?

Average height is around 50 feet, height is dependent on the wind.

DO I GET REIMBURSED IF MY FLIGHT DOES NOT HAPPEN?

Yes, your pilot will reimburse you.

ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS ON PEOPLE WHO FLY?

Yes, you must be able to get in and out of the basket on your own, and you must be able to stand for an hour. No one should be intoxicated or unruly.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR ON MY BALLOON FLIGHT?

Dress like you are going for a hike in the woods. No high heels, or open toe shoes, long pants and ball cap are suggested.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I SHOW UP FOR MY FLIGHT?

At least 30 minutes before your scheduled flight time, arrange in further detail with your pilot at time of booking. Flights are 6am

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME ON MY FLIGHT?

A boarding pass and a smile

CAN I BRING A CAMERA?

Yes, no selfie sticks or lenses, an no big camera bags.

CAN I DRINK ALCOHOL BEFORE OR DURING A FLIGHT?

No Alcohol before or during a flight. We recommend you drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Champagne will be offered after the flight.

WHAT IS A TETHER BALLOON RIDE?

The balloon is held down by three or four ropes attached to vehicles for safety. You go up around 50 feet and the experience is typically 5-8 minutes.

WHO CAN FLY THE BALLOON. AND CAN I FLY THE BALLOON?

Only FAA Certified Pilots can fly a balloon.

 

For additional questions please contact Kensey Marsland
kmarsland@mohegansun.com 860.862.4526

PLEASE NOTE

Mohegan Sun requires persons under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian during the Heart of America Balloon Festival. Unescorted minors will have their parent/legal guardian contacted to pick them up immediately. Mohegan Sun will be accepting tickets for any scheduled day in the event  it rains on a day your individual tickets are purchased.

For the safety of our guests, Balloon Flights and Tethered rides are weather permitting and the pilot is responsible for all terms and conditions, including but not limited to: scheduling, pricing, weather related decisions/cancellations, refunds, etc. All participants/purchasers of rides will be required to sign a waiver and release of liability.