We offer scenic balloon rides in your own private balloon. You and your guest will enjoy approximately a one hour flight that departs from a launch location in the Willamette Valley. We choose launch locations based on the foretasted weather, available landing locations, and where you are traveling from the morning of the flight. This option is popular for engagements, anniversaries, or couples wishing to enjoy a peaceful flight without the distraction of other passengers.
Be sure to bring your camera and a light jacket. It can be cool when you arrive, and quite warm by the end of the flight. Dressing in layers is ideal. You’ll arrive just before the sun rises and have an opportunity to help set up and inflate your balloon. We welcome passenger participation during the inflation phase, and many passengers enjoy having a part in bringing the balloon to life.
You will take to the air and fly approximately one hour above the beautiful Willamette Valley before landing. Our chase crew will be there to welcome you back, help pack up the balloon, and transport you back to the launch location.
Departure times depend on the season, as we always launch just after the sun rises. You will arrive approximately 20 minutes before sunrise. You entire adventure (setup, launch, flight, and balloon pack up) will take about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Cost: $600 (Fully refundable up to 2 weeks prior to your departure, after that $150 cancellation fee. Fully refundable for any cancellation due to weather.)
All passengers are required to sign a liability wavier, which can be viewed here.
A note about tips: Willamette Valley Balloons does not expect or solicit tips. We charge the market rate for our services and our pilots are compensated adequately for their services. However, our crew members are mostly volunteers. If you feel that your crew members added to your experience in a positive way, please feel free to tip them as you see fit. We have no suggested amount. Anything is appreciated, but nothing is expected.
The ballooning season runs March through October. Cancellations due to weather are common during the early and late parts of the season. Please understand this when choosing a date. Any cancellation due to weather is entitled to a full refund or re-book on a different date, at the choice of the customer.