Jump to content

Recommended Posts

Balloon Fiesta HOP

(Head Out Program) 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Option #1: October 2 - 7, 2020

Option #2 October 7 - 11, 2020

Option #3: Oct. 2 - 11, 2020

 Balloons, balloons and more balloons! 

 

If this world premiere event is on your bucket list, join the Escapees RV Club HOP for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 

Each morning, as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains, the skies will fill with 600 bright, beautiful hot-air balloons from all over the world.

From its beginnings in 1972, the Balloon Fiesta has grown into the largest International Balloon Fiesta, with a 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park and a launch field the size of 54 football fields (78 acres). It is the most photographed hot-air balloon festival in the world, with 886,307 attendees in 2019.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the only Balloon Fiesta where the "box effect" comes into play. The "box effect" is a unique wind pattern that helps pilots navigate their balloons in a vertical, rectangular path; allowing them to return to the launch field, or even landing next to your RV.

The Dawn Patrol lifts off in the dark, with specially-fitted lights, to observe weather conditions at different altitudes, such as the wind speed and its direction. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in a mass ascension. The "Zebras," dressed in black and white, are the ones who coordinate the launching of the balloons. 

One of the most exciting events is the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists wave their national flag during the launch. 

Even though there are always traditionally-shaped balloons, there will be various specialty shapes, too, and some of the most popular are the cow, sun, pig, stagecoach, clock, skunk, the Ladybug and the sweetest mother, daddy and baby bumblebees. The bumblebee's hands have Velcro, so when they touch in midair, it appears they are holding hands. 

When visiting any of the balloon pilots, remember to ask them for one of the trading cards, which will explain all the pertinent information about their balloon. 

This fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons – America’s Challenge race, with the winner being the one that has traveled the farthest. Past gas balloons have gone as far as the East Coast and across Canada. You can track their progress on the Fiesta website.

At dusk, you can see the Twilight Glow on the launch field. This is when the burners are ignited, filling the balloons with a bouquet of bright colors. Then, the nights will finish with an extraordinary display of fireworks.            

Escapees will have Boondocking, “rally style” parking and a private tent for inclement weather, socials, games and catered meals.

There will be a considerable amount of walking, so please bring comfortable walking shoes, as well as binoculars and a camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime special moments.

Early arrival - Options 1 and 3  

Due to the popularity of this event, we recommend early arrival for parking at the HOP location for Options 1 and 3 only.

Early arrival is September 29, 2020. The cost for early entry is $22.50 per night up to the date of the HOP.

While registering for the HOP, please let headquarters know which day you plan to on arrive early.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Three options will be offered for The Balloon Fiesta HOP.

 

Early parking is not available for Option #2

Option 2 sites will not be available for early arrival at the HOP. If you are registered for Option #2 and want to arrive early, you may call the Balloon Fiesta for any additional parking (for any dates outside of the HOP event) and pay the Fiesta directly. You will be parked in the Fiesta camping area, but will need to move your rig to the HOP camping location, with the HOP arrival date and time for the Option #2.

Option #1:

You may purchase the first five days (arriving October 2 and leaving the morning of October 7), which will include the traditionally-shaped balloons, a special presentation by a Professional Hot Air Balloon Pilot and two balloon launch field entrance tickets per person, plus the activities below.

 

Friday, Oct. 2

 

Options #1 and #3

Arrival

 

Professional Balloon Pilot Presentation

 

Announcements

 

Meet and greet

 

*Catered dinner

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 3

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow

 

Opening Ceremonies

 

Mass Ascension

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers

 

America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race Inflation

 

Announcements

 

Socials – get together

 

*Catered dinner

 

Twilight Twinkle Glow™

 

America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch

 

Laser Light Show

 

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

 

 

Sunday, Oct. 4

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow

 

Mass Ascension

 

Fiesta of Wheels Car Show

 

Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers

 

Announcements and social

 

Balloon Glow

 

Laser Light Show

 

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

 

 

Monday, Oct. 5

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Show

 

Balloons launch

 

Balloon Flying Competition begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving demonstrations

 

Free afternoon

Tuesday, Oct. 6

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Show

 

Balloons launch                                       

 

Balloon Flying Competition begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving demonstrations

 

Free afternoon

 

*Farewell catered dinner for the Option #1

 

 

Wed., Oct. 7

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow

 

Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension

 

Balloon Flying Competition begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations – Professional carvers

Option #1 - leaves

Farewell Option #1. Safe travels!

     

 Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice 

Includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. 

*Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated.

Prices for Option #1: October 2 – 7, 2020

Two-person rig:                               $1110.00                                                             

Each additional person in RV         $755.00   

One-person rig                                 $999.00                         

Option #2: You may purchase the last five days (arriving the morning of October 7 and leaving on October 11), which will include the traditional shape balloons, the special shape balloons and two balloon launch field entrance tickets per person, plus the activities below.

Wed., Oct. 7

 

Option #2

Arrival

 

Free afternoon

 

Announcements

 

Meet and greet

 

*Welcome catered dinner

Thursday, Oct. 8

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol

 

Special Shape Rodeo

 

Balloon Flying Competition begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers

 

Announcements and social

 

*Catered dinner

 

Special Shape Glowdeo

 

Laser Light Show

 

AfterGlow Fireworks Show

 

 

Friday, Oct. 9

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol

 

Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon Launch

 

Flying Competition begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers

 

Announcements and social

 

*Catered dinner

 

Special Shape Glowdeo

 

Laser Light Show

 

AfterGlow Fireworks Show

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 10

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol, Morning Glow

 

Mass Ascension

 

Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent at the north end of Main Street)

 

Music Fiesta (extra charge)

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers

 

Announcements and social hour

 

*Farewell catered dinner            

 

Night Magic Glow

 

Laser Light Show

 

AfterGlow Fireworks Show

 

 

Sunday, Oct. 11

 
 

*Catered breakfast

 

Dawn Patrol Show, Laser Light Show

 

Farewell Mass Ascension

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Q&A

 

End of HOP - Safe travels!

 

Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice 

Includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. 

*Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated.

 

Prices for Option #2 October 7 – 11, 2020

Two-person rig:                            $1095.00                        

Each additional person in RV:      $745.00 

One-person rig:                            $989.00                         

     

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________________________

Option #3: Register for the entire stay of the Balloon Fiesta HOP, which will include four tickets per person, entrance into the balloon launch field, plus the activities below for ten days and nine nights.

Friday, Oct. 2

 

 

Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP!

 

Balloon Pilot presentation

 

Announcements - meet and greet

 

*Catered dinner

Saturday, Oct. 3

 

 

 *Catered breakfast

 

Dawn Patrol Show, Morning Glow, Laser Light Show

 

Opening Ceremonies

 

Mass Ascension

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

 

Announcements and social

 

*Catered dinner

 

Twilight Twinkle Glow™

 

America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch

 

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

 

 

Sunday, Oct. 4

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Dawn Patrol Show

 

Morning Glow, Laser Light Show

 

Mass Ascension

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

 

Fiesta of Wheels Car Show

 

Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading

 

*Catered dinner

 

Balloon Glow

 

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

 

 

 Monday, Oct.5

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Dawn Patrol

 

Laser Light Show

 

Balloons launch

 

Balloon Flying Competition begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 6

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow

 

Balloons launch

 

Balloon Competition Flying Begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

 

*Farewell catered dinner

 

 

Wed., Oct. 7

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow

 

Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP!

 

Announcements and social hour

 

*Catered dinner

Thursday, Oct. 8

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show

 

Special Shape Rodeo

 

Balloon Flying Competition begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

 

Announcements and social

 

*Catered dinner

 

Special Shape Glowdeo

 

AfterGlow Fireworks Show

 

 

Friday, Oct. 9

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show

 

Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon launch

 

Competition Flying begins

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

 

Announcements and social

 

*Catered dinner

 

Special Shape Glowdeo

 

AfterGlow Fireworks Show

 

 

Sat., Oct. 10

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Dawn Patrol Show, Morning Glow, Laser Light Show

 

Mass Ascension

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

 

Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading

 

Music Fiesta (Extra charge)

 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

 

Announcements and social

 

*Farewell catered dinner            

 

Night Magic Glow

 

AfterGlow Fireworks Show

 

 

Sunday, Oct. 11

 

 

*Catered breakfast

 

Dawn Patrol Show

 

Morning Glow

 

Farewell Mass Ascension

     

Prices for Option #3: Oct. 2 - 11, 2020

Two-person rig:                              $1355.00    

Each additional person in RV:        $855.00      

One-person rig:                              $1245.00

 

Registration also includes:

·        Prizes

·        Your HOP hosts 

·        Souvenir HOP name badge

·        All gratuities

·        Locations to visit that are optional. Some past options were Santa Fe, Old Town and the Botanical Gardens. 

And much more! 

Rain or shine. 

 Itinerary subject to change without notice 

*Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated.

 

Payment options: Pay half of the fee upon registration and then make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days before the event. Ask the HOP department about this payment option.

 

Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend, too. We’d love to have you!

There is a $50.00 charge for nonmembers on land HOPs. However, if you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived.

To join the Escapees RV Club, please call 936-327-8873.

 

To register for this HOP, contact:

The HOP Department

936-327-8873

For more information, email registration@escapees.com

 

Confirmation email

Once registered, a confirmation notification will be sent via email regarding pertinent information, such as RV Park address, tour dates, times, etc.

 Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: registration@escapees.com.

 

Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance

We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance.

If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip.

You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. This insurance should be purchased within 10 business days of registering for the HOP.

 

HOP Cancellation Policy

If an attendee cancels a HOP,

     •    1 Business Day from Booking:         Full Refund

·         More Than 90 Days to the event:    75% Refund

·         30 – 90 Days to the event:               25% Refund

·         30 Days or Less to the event:          No Refunds

 

See you at the HOP!

Lisa Koca

HOP Director

www.escapees.com/hops  
www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub  
then, click on the event page

For Cruise HOPs, call:

Escapees Travel Agency
855-757-8881 (Toll-Free)

Escapees RV Club

100 Rainbow Drive
Livingston, Texas 77351
936-327-8873

www.escapees.com

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

RVers Online University

campgroundviews.com

Our program provides accurate individual wheel weights for your RV, toad, and tow vehicle, and will help you trim the pounds if you need to.

Rv Share

Rv Insurance Benefits.com Logo

Dish For My RV.

Find out more or sign up for Escapees RV'ers Bootcamp.

Advertise your product or service here.

The Rvers- Now Streaming

AGS Now Hiring

RV Pet Safety

RVTravel.com Logo



×
×
  • Create New...