One Million Balloons Can’t Be Wrong! Skyfest

Skyfest in Anaheim


Skyfest: One Million Balloons Rise To The Occasion

The Anaheim sky came alive with a flurry of rainbows on Thursday afternoon, December 5, when one million balloons were released on Katella Avenue adjacent to Disneyland. The event was “Skyfest,” the city of Anaheim’s celebration honoring the 84th anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth and commemorating Disneyland’s 30th year. The balloon release also placed Anaheim in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest such event in the world. 

To achieve that record, more than 3,000 volunteers filled the million balloons with 550,000 cubic feet of helium. At the same time that the city of Anaheim’s balloons were filling the sky, Disneyland released 90,000 balloons from the Park. Schools and fire stations in the area participated by releasing lesser numbers of balloons. 

Collectors and souvenir hunters were not forgotten by the city of Anaheim. The “Skyfest” logo, which features a group of muItì­colored balloons and Mickey Mouse riding in a hot air balloon, has been reproduced on T­shirts, visors, pin-back buttons and flashlights. A special commemorative lithograph has also been produced for the event from an original painting by Disney artist Charles Boyer. Disneyana Collector, Winter 1985-86

Somehow, I don’t think that Disney’s Environmentality Program would approve of Skyfest today…

Did you get to be part of Skyfest?

3 thoughts on “One Million Balloons Can’t Be Wrong! Skyfest

  1. I was there for this as a kid! My dad took me out of school early, as a surprise, and I remember how crazy and crowded it was all along Katella. I was able to find myself (a pink dot, if I recall) on the cover photo for the newspaper (OC Register?) the next day – it was a thrill. I even still have my Skyfest t-shirt!

  2. To be fair, I find it highly unlikely that the city and/or the company didn’t have a plan to deal with and handle the cleanup after the event.

  3. I was one of the many high school students that got to participate in this. We all had to get up really early to get to the school (La Quinta HS was my school), to catch a bus to Disneyland. We were inside a huge circus tent and I remember my fingers rubbed raw, from tying the ballons. We all got into the park for free this weekend with the buttons they gave to us with a volunteer sticker on it. Fun times…

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