Balloon Information

Balloon Information 2018-05-20T22:19:39+00:00
Skyline photo of the balloons inflated on the main field at dusk.

The Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival displays a wide variety of Balloons including sport balloons, specialty shape balloons, and sponsored balloons. The Festival typically draws between 20 and 30 balloons and balloonists each year. Due to weather restrictions balloons only fly in the morning (starting at 6:00 AM) and in the evenings (starting at 6:00 PM), and flights are completely weather dependent.

The Morning Flights do not require the $10 Festival Admission and remote parking & shuttle service is NOT available.

BALLOON FIELD LAYOUT

As you face the balloon field the display balloons will be on your right and the tethered balloons will be to your left. Balloon inflations will happen on both sides of the field, the glow and some launches will take place from the display side of the field, the tethered balloons will always be secured to the ground.

(Balloons “launched” from the display field will fly off the field, launches from the display field are viewable by the public but no rides are available for those launches. Only tethered rides are available to the public.)


TETHERED BALLOON RIDES

Tethered balloons will rise up 50 feet or so on the tether, remaining there for a short period of time, allowing you a panoramic view and pictures of the festival, and then come back down.

Tethered balloons are always secured to the ground at multiple points on the field and will NOT fly off the field.

There will be two balloons available for tethered rides each morning and evening, except for Friday morning, June 29, 2018, when only one tethered ride balloon will be available.

Tethered rides are given when weather permits. If rain or winds exist that the Balloon meister determines not to be favorable for safe tethered rides, tethered rides will be delayed or cancelled until conditions improve.

(We do not offer un-tethered balloon rides.)

Morning Tethered Rides ($20.00 per adult/child – Cash Only):
Simply show up in the morning and purchase a ticket.

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE EACH DAY AND RIDING IS COMPLETELY WEATHER DEPENDENT INCLUDING WIND SPEEDS BASED ON FAA RULING ON THE FIELD AT TIME OF FLYING.

Evening Tethered Rides ($20.00 per adult/child Cash Only):
To allow people to enjoy the entire festival, we use a numbered voucher/reservation system for the tethered rides. This system helps people avoid waiting in line all day for their opportunity to fly.

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE EACH DAY AND RIDING IS COMPLETELY WEATHER DEPENDENT INCLUDING WIND SPEEDS BASED ON FAA RULING ON THE FIELD AT TIME OF FLYING.

  • Fireworks

    Friday, June 29 - 9:45 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Fireworks

    Saturday, June 30 - 9:45 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Fireworks

    Sunday, July 1 - 9:45 PM - 10:00 PM
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Balloon Ride Reservation

  • At 1:00 pm each day on the balloon field, we will begin to hand out colored/numbered vouchers to anyone who would like a ride.
    (Only one voucher will be given per person).
  • On the balloon field there is a designated passageway and sign indicating where the line will form for the distribution of these numbered vouchers starting at 1:00 pm. each day of the festival. The voucher given to each person asking will be for the evening ride on that day only.
  • At 5:00 pm each day, a notification will be displayed above the same designated passageway on the sign indicating the series of numbered vouchers that are being accepted at the present time. This notification will change as the rides progress throughout the evening.
  • Festival volunteers will be there to assist riders in getting into the proper order based on their voucher number. If a rider is not present when their numbered voucher is called, the next person(s) will move forward. When they do arrive, they will be placed in the queue of existing riders as soon as possible.
  • There is a waiver that must be signed by all riders in the presence of festival staff. If a rider is less than 18 years of age, the parent or guardian must sign the waiver for the minor. Any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult on the tethered ride.
  • Payment is due ($20.00 per adult/child – Cash Only) when voucher is presented and waiver has been signed. Should the weather prevent the tethered rides, anyone that has paid for their ride will be reimbursed.

Remember:

    • $20.00 cash only per rider irrespective of age
    • Rides are given at scheduled times if winds permit and no rain or storms are in vicinity
    • A numbered coupon and signed waiver is needed to purchase a ticket
    • Balloon pilots have sole discretion as to who rides
      (If rider is refused, there will be a full refund of balloon ride ticket price)
  • The recommendation is to arrive to ride the balloons 30 to 45 minutes before the scheduled times for tethered rides.
  • The morning flights do not require the $10 festival admission; however, the evening flights and glows will require a paid admission.
  • All flights will originate at the Lisle Park District Community Park or attempt to fly towards the park (see map and directions for details).
  • Weather Permitting, various balloons will be inflated during the day and evening. Should the weather prevent balloon inflation, the pilots and their baskets will be on the display field for anyone to visit.

 

Serena’s Song 2018

Tethered Hot-Air Balloon Rides for people with disabilities (Registration Form)

A unique opportunity awaits you June 29 – July 1 at the Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle

Through the coordination and support of SEASPAR and the Eyes to the Skies Committee, We are proud to present the wheelchair accessible hot-air balloon, Serena’s Song, as part of the Eyes to the Skies Festival!

Free tethered rides are available to people with physical and developmental disabilities. A family member or attendant may share in this exciting experience. Launches are held June 29 through July 1, from 6:00- 7:30 a.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m. Each ride takes approximately 15 minutes.

To schedule a ride in Serena’s Song, please complete and return the attached registration form to SEASPAR, 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515, as soon as possible. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Following registration, your launch time will be confirmed with you.

Please call SEASPAR at 630-960-7600 for additional information or go to seaspar.org

We hope you will take part in this very unique opportunity.


Balloonist Volunteer Information

If you would like to volunteer and help out with the balloons, please fill out the Volunteer Form below and if needed contact valocityfactor@gmail.com
Balloon Volunteer Form
Balloon crewing information: http://cazooee.com/crewing/

Balloonist Information – This is a link to the schedule for all balloonist and their flight crews so they know where and when they need to be in certain locations.