Will the balloon leave the ground during the balloon glow?
Nope. Balloons do not leave the ground during balloon glow events. In order for balloons to fly at night, they need special lights, a full moon, and an area without any powerlines.
Can you go up in a balloon during the Walla Walla balloon festival?
Yes! Seattle Ballooning provides both shared and private hot air balloon rides during the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede. Your other option is to sponsor the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede and fly in a private small balloon from Howard Tietan Park.
How long is the balloon ride during the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede?
It really depends on the wind. If the wind is slow and in a good direction, balloons launching from Howard Tietan Park can fly up to an hour. If the winds are faster, the balloons typically land within 30 minutes of launching. Seattle Ballooning has multiple launch locations just South of Downtown Walla Walla allowing for 60 minutes of flying at altitude.
Why don’t the commercial balloon ride companies fly from Howard Tietan Park?
Commercial hot air balloons are 2-3 times the size of privately owned hot air balloons. Due to the increased size, it is easier to let the smaller balloons launch at the same time and have the large commercial balloons join them in flight. Commercial balloon rides also have a different goal than the private balloon pilots at the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede. The goal of the Balloon Stampede is to fill the air will beautiful balloons with no minimum or maximum time of being in the air. Some pilots land after 20 minutes and others fly for an hour depending on the speed and direction of the wind. Commercial hot air balloon rides typically last right around an hour and that often requires launching from different locations based on the winds that day.
Covid-19 concerns and the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede?
Seattle Ballooning has always been committed to the safety of its pilots and guests. Our pilots and crew are all vaccinated. Although hot air ballooning is an outdoor experience, it is not possible to social distance on any type of aircraft. Vaccinated guests can choose to wear a mask or not during the activity itself. All guests are required to wear a mask in the transport vans regardless of vaccination status.