Take flight with a giant tethered balloon experience and soar to exciting heights up to 500 feet in the air with this new iconic attraction, Wonders of Flight. Guests board a gondola beneath the blue and green 72-foot diameter helium filled balloon. The balloon will take up to 30 guests at one time. Enjoy a 360-degree panorama view of the Smoky Mountains with the whole family!
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We went first thing in the morning when it opened and the view was amazing. For people who want to take a hot air balloon ride but are not sure give this a try.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Quick ride, but beautiful view from the top. Ride attendant was friendly and took our picture. Fun extra !
I'm convinced these people don't want to fly, ever. We tried several times and we were not able to fly because of the weather. We went one morning and the radar was clear so we were going to wait for them to open. We were about a half hour early. We stood around taking pictures of the balloon and ourselves. We had several employees remind us that they don't open until 11 in a very nasty way. I can't believe that they wouldn't want people standing in line to give them money for their attraction! There were several others who stopped, but also left. We ended up leaving and not trying again. I wouldn't waste your time!
Goes 400 ft up with awesome views and great customer service, our pilot Josh was knowledgable and made it an easier / fun experience for us. Will be back
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What are Wonders of Flight operating hours?
Open Daily at 10am.
How long will a ride last?
The average ride is approximately 5 and 10 minutes long, but could last up to 15 minutes depending on wind and weather conditions.
Can I bring food into Wonders of Flight?
Outside food and drinks are not permitted at Wonders of Flight.
Can I take pictures?
Yes, you may take pictures during your flight.
Who can ride?
All ages can participate, however children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The balloon can fit standard-sized wheelchairs.
What makes the balloon fly?
It is filled with helium, which is much lighter than air. Helium won’t catch fire or explode. It’s the same gas used in party balloons.
How many people can ride at a time?
Typically around 20 guests per flight. However, the number of guests for each flight is determined by the pilot, based in part upon wind speed and weather conditions at flight time.
How much can the balloon lift?
More than 10,000 pounds! But don’t worry, it won’t get away. The winch that pulls the balloon down can hold 90,000 pounds.
Who’s flying the balloon?
Each Wonders of Flight balloon pilot is certified by the manufacturer of the balloon and has undergone intensive gas balloon training, including strict safety guidelines, FAA regulations, meteorology and emergency procedures.
What if I miss my flight due to weather?
A Staff will work to accommodate you to ride at a later time that day if weather permits.
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