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Arizona Balloon Safaris

Cave Creek, AZ, USA
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About Arizona Balloon Safaris
Join your host, Randy Long for an adventure above it all with a desert discovery tour by hot air balloon. Randy has personally flown over 20,000 delighted passengers since 1986, all with a perfect safety record. He has flown Shakira, Susan St. James and Mr. J.W. Marriott's 80th birthday party. You can be his next celebrity!
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Get idyllic desert sunrise photos from a hot air balloon ride that concludes with a champagne breakfast in the desert. For a unique insight into the hot air balloon, begin your tour by watching the balloon filling process—and even going inside the balloon as it is filling. Then, with a 45 flight, you have ample time to enjoy the ride and capture photographs.
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DeeKay wrote a review May 2021
Gilbert, Arizona3 contributions
I enjoyed my experience greatly and have been wanting to go in a hot air balloon for about 30 years. It is the largest most beautiful balloon in America I get that however I guess I would have liked to go a little higher and stay a little longer. But with 18 people on board I understand why we did not go up too high The only thing that was somewhat disappointing is that the 30-minute drive at 5:00 a.m. to the desert and having to stand in 65° Chile weather waiting an hour for them to completely unpack the balloon and set up. It would have been beneficial if one crew could have at least had it unpacked on the ground ready to go. But the crew made up for that weight with a marvelous breakfast and sweet ceremony after the ride. I do totally recommend
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Kristina B wrote a review May 2021
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This is the second time they have canceled. The first time they canceled the night before. This time they drove us around for 2 hours where we saw other balloons in the air only to be brought back to our cars and cancelled again. There was another couple who said this was the third time. We live out of town and can't afford to keep taking off of work for this.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Ginger E wrote a review May 2021
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Dealing with the 'company' is terrible. Perhaps it was a fluke. We purchased this as a Birthday gift for my 81 year old father who was recently diagnosed with a progressive dementia. We made the reservations in March for May 10th. 2 days before their trip they are notified that it is cancelled due to maintenance issues?? When trying to reschedule for sometime in the month, they made NO ACCOMODATIONS and nothing was offered to compensate. They stated that they were booked and would open reservations for Dec in June- and there was NO WORKABILITY even thought they were the ones unable to fulfill the reservation . All we got was "the Groupon is good for a year but we are booked now" My father may not be able to engage in such a joy by then. Luckily Rainbow Ryder has 5 star review and were able to accommodate my parents.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Randy L, Owner at Arizona Balloon Safaris
Responded 12 May 2021
Sorry for your disappointment but as with everything mechanical, it will sometimes need maintenance. We have been fortunate to avoid cancelling any flight due to mechanical reasons for over five years. I think our extension of the validity of your third-party voucher for one year is pretty reasonable. If you don't feel one year is long enough, please call me and I will make longer. I can't however make room on sold-out flights. That would involve cancelling someone else's flight to accommodate you. I am happy you found another company with available space and hope it was an enjoyable experience for your parents.
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D.RodAnt wrote a review Apr 2021
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Enjoyed seeing the hot air balloon rise, and allowing us to get a look from inside. The view was average, sun was up already by the time we got up, view was ok, didn’t really go high up as we saw others go. Stayed relatively low. Ride was short. Everyone else went up before us, and we came down before them. Landing was fun though. Nice experience, should put more information about actual time one flies for, and location you fly it around. Just so one doesn’t have other expectations.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Randy L, Owner at Arizona Balloon Safaris
Responded 27 Apr 2021
From the FAQ section of our website: How long is the flight? Flights are normally around 45 minutes but may be longer or shorter depending upon weather conditions and availability of landings sites. How far will we fly? Every flight is different and we are at the whim of Mother Nature. A typical flight is approximately five to seven miles in distance. How high will we fly? Every flight is different depending upon wind/weather conditions. A typical flight is anywhere between tree-top and 5000 feet above ground. Will I see the sunrise from the balloon flight? No, we launch shortly after the sun has already risen.
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Brian Shields wrote a review Apr 2021
Vancouver, Washington1 contribution
We had such a great time. The Balloon is huge and the basket is extremely stable. If you are scared of the heights or basket movement in the air this is defiantly the balloon for you to be on. The crew was so friendly, funny and engaging. They made it a great experience for all that were aboard.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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