Balloon Race (ride)

The Zamperla Balloon Race is a tilting, circular motion amusement park ride manufactured by Antonio Zamperla S.P.A. The ride makes its way up a structure, and at a certain height, it starts tilting.

Type of Seats

Twelve balloons with cars hold up to 4 passengers each. The ride also comes in 8 balloon and 12 balloon versions. There is also an essentially identical ride with pirate ships instead of balloons. Seat belts and locking doors provide safety. At some installations, a rider may exit themselves, while in other installations, an operator must let them out.

Another Manufacturer

The Morgan company manufacturer a version of the Balloon Race, which is similar except the balloons are much bigger.

Balloon Race Locations

Number of balloons or pirate ships is in parenthesis.
*Big Easy Balloons(12)--Six Flags Great America
*The Pirate's Flight(12)--Geauga Lake in Ohio (themed to pirate ships instead of balloons)
*Up, Up, and Away(8)--Six Flags Over Georgia
*Boots' Ballon Race (8)--Carowinds
*Balloon Race(8)--Idlewild and Soak Zone*Ballons (8 Samba)-- Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

The Kiddie Version

Zamperla has made a smaller version of this ride. The ride does a similar motion, but the people riding the ride have an option of spinning the balloon. The ride still has balloons, but it's manufacturing name is Samba Balloons. This ride may be found in the kids area of amusement parks, and at carnivals.

Ride Manufacturer Site

* [ Zamperla Rides]

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