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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!

    Mickey-Shaped “Happiest Balloon On Earth” to Visit Western U.S. and Canada;First Hot-Air Balloon to Rise Over Grand Canyon



    Anaheim, Calif. (March 30, 2006) - - The Disneyland Resort 50th anniversary celebration is taking to the skies with a 100-foot tall, Mickey Mouse-shaped hot air balloon dubbed “The Happiest Balloon On Earth” (a twist on Disneyland’s famous moniker of “The Happiest Place on Earth”). With golden ears high atop its head, the Mickey balloon will travel throughout the western United States and Canada during its 11-week tour. “The Happiest Balloon On Earth” will also become the first hot air balloon to ever rise over the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

    “We're excited to bring a touch of the excitement of the continuing 50th anniversary celebration at Disneyland to major cities in the form of ‘The Happiest Balloon On Earth,” states Matt Ouimet, president of the Disneyland Resort. “Our milestone celebration won’t last forever so I hope eveyone can join us while there’s still time.”

    The specially created hot air balloon will be seen against such scenic and familiar backdrops as Grand Canyon West (part of the Hualapai Tribal Nation in Arizona), San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the San Diego city skyline and the International Balloon Museum in New Mexico. The one-of-a-kind balloon is unique in many ways including 6 ft. wide pupils, a 5.5 ft. wide nose and the use of over nine miles of thread to create the special balloon form.

    “It is indeed one of the most unique and specialized hot air balloons we have ever piloted,” says Scott Spencer, who along with his wife Laurie, serve as the balloon’s pilots. “When the balloon comes in for a landing it gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘ears to the ground!’”

    “The Happiest Balloon On Earth,” comprised of Mickey’s familiar smiling face, is topped with an enormous pair of gold “Mickey Mouse Club” style “Mouse Ears” which have served as a favorite Disneyland souvenir for millions of guests since the 1950s. These particular ears, however, span 53 ft. from ear-to-ear and are comprised of approximately 750 Sq. yards of gold fabric.

    “This tour is an invitation to everyone to visit us this summer at the Disneyland Resort and experience all the new amazing entertainment, incredible attractions and “golden” touches that make the Disneyland 50th anniversary celebration so spectacular,” says Becky Phelps, 2006 Disneyland Resort Ambassador. “All new adventures and experiences such as “Turtle Talk with Crush,” "Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters,” “Space Mountain,” and the recently opened “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” makes this unbelievable celebration too special to miss.”

    More information about “The Happiest Balloon On Earth” tour, the 50th anniversary celebration, plus vacations at the Disneyland Resort is available at www.disneyland.com, 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!

    THE HAPPIEST BALLOON ON EARTH
    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
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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...

    http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22965
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