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“Our Wedding Anniversary Celebration”
Review of Rainbow Ryders

Rainbow Ryders
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$159.00*
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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
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$199.00*
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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunset
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Owner description: "The Experience of a Lifetime Happening Right Now!" Rainbow Ryders Inc. Hot AIr Balloon Company is proudly celebrating 30 years of flight experience. Offering hot air balloon rides first thing in the morning at sunrise year round and sunset flights in the winter months. Enjoy your hour long flight over the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, upon landing you will be welcomed back to the ground with a celebratory toast and a light continental breakfast as you are presented your commemorative flight certificate. We have proudly flown over 170,000 passengers and are the official balloon ride operator of the Worlds Largest Balloon Event. Flying in PHOENIX and ALBUQUERQUE year round!
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Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Our Wedding Anniversary Celebration”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Phoenix, Arizona: What a perfect beautiful day for a mile high ride above the desert with pure drifting silence. Our pilot was an experienced veteran who took us through a mountain pass while other balloon companies were taking the easy route. It was a perfect day to celebrate our lives together and toasted joyously with a lovely Mimosa at the end of the ride. Everyone was so warm and generous in helping some of us knee challenged adults board and de-board the basket. We would definitely encourage you to choose Rainbow Ryders for a great hot air balloon ride for a time to remember. Thank you Rainbow you all are terrific!

Visited October 2012
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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“A Great Experience”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

No need to be apprehensive. These people know what they are doing. Gentle lift off and landing. Went very close to the Rio Grande and then lifted off again. Payment after the ride was very organized and my friend and I were surprised that they had separated our two fares just in case we wanted to pay separately, which we did. Champagne toast with o.j. or cranberry was great. Randy, our pilot, was very reassuring and
funny.

Visited October 2012
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Naples, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Heavenly experience”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

The staff at Rainbow Ryders was so helpful at the time the reservation was made, and again when we made contact 24 hours before our scheduled flight . We needed to arrive at their site before daybreak, so they had coffee waiting for those who wanted it. We were bussed to the lift off site and those who wanted to were allowed to help with the set up of the balloon. A professional photographer was there to record those special minutes as we climbed into the balloon basket and as we took off. It is hard to put into words the beauty of the ride as we floated over the Rio Grande river, along the banks of the gorgeous fall colored trees. When we landed we were treated to a champagne toast, along with breakfast type nibbles. Everyone was so gracious as they wanted this to be an experience for us to remember.

Visited October 2012
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The Villages, Florida
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Truly an amazing experience”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

We had the chance to go up in a balloon during the 2012 Balloon Fiesta and let me tell you - don't miss it if you have the chance. I found Rainbow Ryders the most professional company that I have come accross in recent times. During the Fiesta, this company handles 32 balloons with 250 persons riding each day of the festival. They have service down to a tee. We also had James a pilot on a contracted company balloon and he couldn't have been more professional the entire day. My only suggestion is don't be late and get there early. I couldn't believe how they handled so many people. The Rainbow Ryders go up first during the Fiesta and they are the official Ballon Ride company during the Fiesta. They have been doing this for 30 years!!! They have it down to a science.

Visited October 2012
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Waterville, Ohio
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“Rode During Fiesta!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Although we were rained out for our scheduled ride on Friday, we were able to go up (via StandBy List) on Sunday. It was beautiful. Our pilot Troy was great.

Visited October 2012
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