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BALLOON FIESTA HOP

October 2-11, 2015

Balloons, balloons, and more balloons!

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Imagine each morning as dawn breaks over the beautiful Sandia Mountains; the skies are filled with bright colors as 600 majestic hot-air balloons, from all over the world, hover overhead.

 

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is considered the most photographed and largest hot-air balloon festival and is the only location in the world where "the box" effect comes into play. The “box” is wind patterns that can help the pilots navigate the balloons in a box effect. It also allows the balloonists to land back on the launch field or right next to your RV.

 

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The dawn patrol lifts off first to observe the weather conditions. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in mass ascension. The “zebras,” dressed in black and white, coordinate the launching of the balloons. With 600 balloons in the air, it is truly a spectacular display of color.

 

One of the most exciting ascensions is the Flight of the Nations mass ascension, where balloonists from each nation proudly wave their nation’s flag.

The balloon fiesta will consist of the traditional shapes, but the most popular of the balloon launches are the special-shape balloons, which can be seen in all shapes and sizes. The most popular shapes are the cow, pig, clock, Noah’s Ark, stagecoach, and the sweetest mother, daddy, and baby bumblebees. The bumblebees have hands with velcro; when they touch in the air, it appears they are holding hands.

 

This fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons - America's Challenge race, which is based on the longest distance traveled. Track their progress on the Fiesta website.

 

At dusk on the launch field, see the burners of the balloons when they are ignited and watch the evening sky fill with a bouquet of bright colors. The night will finish with a remarkable display of fireworks.

 

 

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Escapees will have boondock camping, a private tent for inclement weather, games, catered breakfasts and dinners.

 

For the first time, Escapees will offer three options for the Balloon Fiesta HOP.

 

You may purchase option #1; the first five days, arriving October 2 and leaving the morning of October 7, which will include the traditional shape (not the special shape) balloons flying, a special presentation by an experienced hot-air balloon pilot, one entrance into the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, an entrance ticket into the morning and evening session of the balloon launch field, plus the below activities from October 2 – 7, 2015.

 

Subject to change.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Arrive after 10:00 a.m.

Balloon pilot presentation

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol Show

Morning Glow

Opening ceremonies

Mass ascension

America’s Challenge gas balloon race inflation

Announcements and social hour

Welcome dinner

Twilight Twinkle Glow™

America’s Challenge gas balloon race launch

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol Show

Morning Glow

Mass ascension

Fiesta of Wheels Car Show - balloon launch field

Balloon Fiesta pin trading – north end of launch field

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

Balloon Glow

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol

Flying competition

Free day

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol

Flying competition

Free day

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol Show

Morning Glow

Flight of the Nations mass ascension

Leave - option #1

Prices for Option #1 Oct. 2 – 7, 2015

Two-person rig: $895.00

Additional person: $395.00

One-person rig: $595.00

 

You may purchase option #2, the last five days, arriving the morning of October 7, leaving on October 11, which will include the traditional-shape balloons, the special-shape balloons, one entrance into the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, an entrance ticket into the morning and evening sessions of the balloon launch field, plus the below activities from Oct. 7-11, 2015.

 

Subject to change.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Arrive - option #2

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol

Special Shape Rodeo™

Flying competition

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

Special Shape Glowdeo™

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol

Special Shape Rodeo™

Flying competition

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

Special Shape Glowdeo™

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol show

Morning Glow

Mass ascension

Balloon Fiesta pin trading

Music Fiesta™ (own your own)

Announcements and social hour

Farewell catered dinner

Night Magic™ Glow

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Continental breakfast

Dawn Patrol show

Morning Glow

Farewell mass ascension

Safe travels and SKP hugs

Prices for Option #2 Oct. 7 – 11, 2015

Two-person rig: $875.00

Additional person: $375.00

One-person rig: $575.00

 

Or, you can purchase option #3, the entire stay at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, one entrance into the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, two morning and two evening entrance tickets to the balloon launch field, plus the below activities for nine nights, ten days.

 

Subject to change.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Arrive after 10:00 a.m.

Balloon pilot presentation

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol Show

Morning Glow

Opening ceremonies

Mass ascension

America’s Challenge gas balloon race inflation

Announcements and social hour

Welcome dinner

Twilight Twinkle Glow™

America’s Challenge gas balloon race launch

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol Show

Morning Glow

Mass ascension

Fiesta of Wheels Car Show - Balloon launch field

Balloon Fiesta pin trading – north end of launch field

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

Balloon Glow

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol

Flying competition

Free day

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol

Flying competition

Free day

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol Show

Morning Glow

Flight of the Nations mass ascension

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol

Special Shape Rodeo™

Flying competition

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

Special Shape Glowdeo™

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol

Special Shape Rodeo™

Flying competition

Announcements and social hour

Catered dinner

Special Shape Glowdeo™

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Catered breakfast

Dawn Patrol Show

Morning Glow

Mass ascension

Balloon Fiesta pin trading

Music Fiesta™ (own your own)

Announcements and social hour

Farewell catered dinner

Night Magic™ Glow

AfterGlow™ fireworks show

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Continental breakfast

Dawn Patrol Show

Morning Glow

Farewell mass ascension

Safe travels and SKP hugs

Minimum registration must be met for each HOP event; otherwise, the event will be subject to cancellation. Full refunds would be given.

Prices for Option #3 – Oct. 2 – 11, 2015

Two-person rig: $1,300. 00

Additional person: $570.00

One-person rig: $975.00

 

There will be a considerable amount of walking; please bring comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, and a camera for the beautiful shots of the balloons hovering overhead.

 

Registration includes:

RV parking at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Catered breakfasts

Catered dinners

Entrance into the Balloon Fiesta Museum

Private party tent with tables and chairs for inclement weather and games

Access to the flying competitions

Option #1 and #2 only – 2 Balloon Fiesta field entrance tickets per person

Option # 3 only – 1 water fill and 1 dump

Option # 3 only – 4 Balloon Fiesta field entrance tickets per person

Games and prizes

Your HOP hosts

Souvenir HOP lanyard and name tag

Gratuities

and much more

 

To register for this HOP, contact:

The HOP Department

888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873

 

For more information see: http://www.escapees.com/HOP/balloonfiesta.aspx

 

I know you will have a wonderful time on this HOP!

 

Lisa Koca

HOP Director

Escapees RV Club

100 Rainbow Dr.

Livingston, Texas 77351

888-757-2582

Email: headout@escapees.com

Website: www.escapees.com/hop

Facebook: www.facebook.com/escapeeshops

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Hello,

 

We have made reservations for Balloon HOP 2015 Option #3. Would it be possible to arrive early? It is my understanding they charge 1/2 price ($15) per night. Could we stay after the event with same arangement? Looking for two (2) or three (3) days before and after event. Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Bob

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Hi Bob,

 

I’m delighted you signed up for Option 3 of the Balloon Fiesta HOP; you’re going to have a great time! During the mass ascension, when 600 balloons arise, it’s a very impressive site! Plus, there are a number of great activities planned; so much to take in, so little time to see and do it all!

 

I have emailed my contact point at the Balloon Fiesta to see if we can come in earlier/stay later. As soon as I hear from her, I’ll let you know.

 

I am looking for people to help on the parking team. If you are interested, please email me at headout@escapees.com.

 

Thanks for your email.

 

Have a good day.

Lisa Koca

HOP Director

Escapees RV Club

100 Rainbow Dr.

Livingston, Texas 77351

888-757-2582

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Hi Bob,

 

Sorry, I’m so late getting this to you but was waiting on the Balloon Fiesta (RV Parking) committee.

 

You can arrive as early as Sept. 28th for the Balloon Fiesta HOP. Since the HOP doesn’t start until Oct 2, please let the Fiesta parkers know you are with the Escapees HOP. That way, they will park you in the correct area for the HOP.

 

 

Please have your HOP parking sign displayed in your windshield, when you park. This will let the HOP hosts know you are with the HOP, once they arrive.

 

We can stay until Monday, Oct. 12th but will need to leave no later than 12 noon.

You will pay the RV park office, once you are in the parking area for any extra days.

 

Thanks for signing up for the Balloon Fiesta HOP. You will have a wonderful time!

 

See you at the HOP!

 

Have a good day.

 

Lisa Koca #86367

HOP Director

Escapees RV Club

100 Rainbow Dr.

Livingston, Texas 77351

888-757-2582

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The Balloon Fiesta HOP sold out and I want to thank everyone who registered for this spectacular HOP!



At this time we have a waiting list, please call 888-757-2582.



See you at the HOP!



Lisa Koca


HOP Director


Escapees RV Club


100 Rainbow Dr.


Livingston, Texas 77351


888-757-2582


Email: headout@escapees.com


Website: www.escapees.com/fun/hop


Facebook: www.facebook.com/escapeeshops

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