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“What a cool experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rainbow Ryders, Inc. Hot Air Balloon Company

Rainbow Ryders, Inc. Hot Air Balloon Company
1725 W Williams Dr Suite 39, Phoenix, AZ
+1 480-299-0154
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Ranked #7 of 105 Activities in Phoenix
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: The Experience of a Lifetime, Happening Right Now! Offering launch times of sunrise and sunset, our year-round flights are approximately one hour over the beautiful North Scottsdale and Sonoran desert area. We provide our guests a traditional champagne ceremony to commemorate your flight, a first flight certificate and post flight food catered by Locally renowned Wildflower Bread Company. We have proudly flown over 170,000 passengers and are the official ride operator of the World's Largest Balloon Event. Call to reserve your flight today and check this once in a lifetime experience off of your bucket list!
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Portland, OR
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“What a cool experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

Myself, my 2 kids (11 & 9) and my parents enjoyed a fabulous sunset float. We had plenty of room to relax and enjoy the experience. We had 5 people (3 adults, 2 kids) on our side and there were 4 people (4 adults) on the other side. I can see if there were 6 adults on each side that it might be a bit crowded, but I think everyone would still have a good view along the edge of the basket. We saw a coyote racing across the desert and a family of havelinas (wild pigs) running around. The crew who helped get the balloon set up and the pilot were all really cool. The whole experience was fantastic and a great memory for our family!

Visited March 2011
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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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“Great Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

We enjoyed our second trip with pilot Brooke Owen with Rainbow Ryders in Phoenix. Our first trip was in Albuquerque for a sunrise launch in June 2010. It was a great flight with a smooth landing followed by a simple champagne/continental breakfast. On our second voyage in North Phoenix, the trip was again outstanding. We were able to fly higher than in Albuquerque which was amazing. The only issue we had was a bumpy landing to try and avoid hitting a saguaro cactus. We had confidence in our pilot, Brooke, to keep us safe but anyone going on a balloon flight needs to understand each flight is different. We enjoyed the cheese and cracker appetizers and champagne toast at the end of the flight. Brooke was real knowledgeable and answered all of our questions about the flight and the area that we were flying over. We would definitely recommend this company if you are interested in a hot air balloon experience.

Visited February 2011
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“Go Elsewhere”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2010

The pilot was courteous and we felt we were in good hands but if I were to do it again I'd go elsewhere. We were really crammed in the basket, for starts. While we were waiting for the van to leave, a crew member was smoking outside the vac and the van filled with smoke that my kids and I had to breathe for the trip out. We also found the "pressure" to tip more than 20% (on the liability form we signed) to be really tacky. The credit card machine then broke so that added 30 minutes. All in all, we expected better for the money we paid

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“A Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2010

We booked our hot air balloon ride via Green Zebra at the Hyatt Regency. Green Zebra had just opened a few days before and we were the first customers from the Hyatt to go on a balloon trip with Rainbow Ryders (who are just breaking into the Phoenix market having been established in Albuquerque for 27 years). The pilot picked us up at the hotel exactly on time (at 6.45 am) and drove us to meet the rest of the team. We headed to the planned launch site but they found that
it was too windy at that location so we drove to a second location where, thankfully, the conditions were suitable and we were able to launch the balloon.

The Rainbow Ryders team were friendly, professional and inspired us with confidence. We were pleasantly surprised that we were the only customers that day which made it even more special. We had a wonderful ballon trip over the desert and towards the end also flew over a neighborhood. The take off and landing were smooth and well organised and we helped the team fill the balloon. After we landed we helped fold the balloon and then had celebratory sparkling wine and a snack.

What a great way to start the day!

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