JANUARY 15, 2014 949-724-6574


More Flights and More Rides as New Great Park Balloon and Carousel Pricing Launches
Thursday, January 16

• New "Family & Friends" passes provide discounts for Balloon flights and Carousel rides for larger groups
• Children 18 and under fly free on Great Park Balloon with paid accompanying adult
• $3 for all-day pass for Carousel rides

IRVINE - The Orange County Great Park launches a new standard pricing structure for the Great Park Balloon and Carousel tomorrow, January 16, designed to provide more opportunities for families, children, and large groups to enjoy the iconic Great Park attractions.

The new standard pricing includes "Family & Friends" passes for both the Great Park Balloon and Carousel that offer discounts for larger groups. Visitors can purchase four adult Balloon flights and receive a fifth adult Balloon flight free (five adult Balloon flights for $40). Visitors can now also purchase 10 all-day Carousel rides for $20 (savings of 30 percent on an all-day pass).

Children 18 years old and under now fly free on the Great Park Balloon with a paid accompanying adult. Children age 12-18 years old can fly without an adult for $5. Balloon flights for visitors 19 years old and up remain $10. Single ride tickets for the Carousel remain $2.

The new pricing structure was approved by the Irvine City Council at its January 14 meeting and is a modified version of the popular holiday pricing program that ended January 5.

Great Park Balloon:
• Adults (19 and older) $10
• Children (12-18 years old) $5 without paid accompanying adult
• Children (18 years old and under)* Free with paid adult
• Family & Friends Pass $40 for five adult flights
*Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on Balloon flights.

Great Park Carousel:
• All-Day Pass $3
• Single Ride $2
• Family & Friends Pass $20 for 10 all-day passes

Since it was launched in July 2007, the Great Park Balloon has become an Orange County icon. With the ability to hold up to 25 to 30 passengers and soar 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, it serves as a public observation deck for the Great Park's development and offers an unmatched 360° view that spans 40 miles on a clear day.

Featuring hand-painted artwork inspired by vintage orange crate labels and Orange County scenes, the Great Park Carousel debuted at the Great Park in October 2010. It is a favorite for kids of all ages and carries up to 36 passengers.

The Great Park Balloon and Carousel are open Thursdays-Sundays every week. Availability to ride is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and may be subject to weather conditions. Both the Great Park Balloon and Carousel are wheelchair-accessible.

The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways. For more information, visit, please visit or call 866-829-3829.

About the Orange County Great Park
Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the Orange County Great Park's array of recreational and educational opportunities and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air. Other Great Park features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area, South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex, and Historic Hangar 244. In addition to sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit