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‘The Happiest Balloon on Earth’ Flies for Record-Breaking Crowd at Leon International Balloon Festival

posted on November 23rd, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


‘The Happiest Balloon on Earth’ Flies for Record-Breaking Crowd at Leon International Balloon Festival

Hola from León, Mexico, and the 11th annual León International Balloon Festival! The four-day event, from November 16-19, was filled with great music, lots of fantastic food, Mickey Mouse, my favorite balloon – “The Happiest Balloon on Earth” – and around two hundred other hot air balloons. Our friend Mickey Mouse was there on opening day to help kick off this wonderful event, which broke previous attendance records with 350,000 spectators – and that’s not counting the tens of thousands that watched from outside the Festival grounds over the four days. Personally, I think the record-breaking crowd had something to do with a Mouse and “The Happiest Balloon on Earth.”

I didn’t think just a few photos could do justice for “The Happiest Balloon on Earth,” so here’s a slideshow with my favorites. I thought it only fitting to start with Mickey Mouse taking a tethered ride in the balloon.

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Andrea on November 24th, 2012 at 11:30 am

I remember seeing Ear Force One here in my city of Charlotte. This was years ago.

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Martha on November 26th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Hello Paul

You took a picture to my little boy in the León International Balloon Festival, Do you remember? It was the boy with a plush Mickey Mouse.
I thought I’d be here in the blog the picture!!! :(

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