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Great Park Balloon

Soaring Above Orange County. Flights departing every Thursday-Sunday.

The Great Park Balloon is the Orange County Great Park’s iconic attraction.

With the ability to hold up to 25 to 30 passengers, and soar 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, it serves as a public observation deck for the Great Park’s development and offers an unmatched 360° view that spans 40 miles on a clear day.

Hours & Directions

Thursday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Monday–Wednesday: Closed
Holiday Hours  

Availability to fly is on a first-come, first-serve basis and dependent on wind and weather conditions. Map & Directions

Rates

Family & Friends Passes
For larger groups, a Family & Friends pass is available for either Great Park Balloon or Carousel rides. Visitors can purchase four adult Balloon flights and receive a fifth adult Balloon flight free (five adult Balloon flights for $40). Visitors can also purchase 10 all-day Carousel rides for $20 (savings of 30 percent on all-day pass).

Great Park Balloon:

  • Adults (19 and older): $10
  • Children (12-18 years old): $5 without paid accompanying adult
  • Children (18 years old and younger)*: Free with paid adult
  • Family & Friends Pass: $40 for five adult flights

*Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult on Balloon flights.

Great Park Carousel:

  • All-Day Pass: $3
  • Single Ride: $2
  • Family & Friends Pass: $20 for 10 all-day passes
Did you know the Great Park also hosts a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year? It’s true! Check out our events page to see a full list of upcoming things to do at the Orange County Great Park.

Parking InformationParking & Ticket Purchase

Parking opens 30 minutes before operating hours. Registration begins 30 minutes before operating hours in the morning, and one hour before night flights resume in the evening. A registration waiver (available at the Visitors Center) must be signed by every potential passenger prior to getting a boarding pass. A parent or guardian must sign for children under 18. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please note: Registration is on a first come, first served basis and does not guarantee balloon flights, as all rides are weather permitting.

AccessibilityAccessibility & Restrictions

There are no age, height, or health restrictions to fly on the Great Park Balloon.

The Balloon is also wheelchair accessible, allowing guests with wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV) to remain in their seat during flight. Should a wheelchair or ECV exceed the maximum dimensions permitted (25″ wide by 48.5″ long), the options to transfer to a standard wheelchair or folding chair are available at the Visitors Center.

Did You Know?Did You Know?

The Great Park Balloon is one of the largest tethered helium (not hot air) balloons and the first of its kind in the United States. It is environmentally safe, non-polluting, and virtually silent.

Standing 118 feet tall with a volume of 210,000 cubic feet, the Balloon can hold up to 30 passengers in its 1,810-pound gondola. Flying at an altitude up to 400 feet, it is always tethered to the ground by a steel cable with the strength of 99,000 pounds, making it a safe and fun experience for everyone.


Questions, comments, or concerns?
Please email or call the Visitors Center at 1-(866) 829-3829 (toll-free).

Great Park Holiday Hours (2012)


Date

Holiday

Status

November 11 Veterans Day Closed November 27 Thanksgiving Day Closed December 24 Christmas Eve Closed December 25 Christmas Day Closed