Balloon Wonderland to benefit Give Kids the World happening this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — A huge event this weekend involving thousands of balloons is putting a happier spin on the word “inflation.”

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Give Kids the World Village is hosting its Qualatex Balloon Wonderland Friday and Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

The hotel will come alive as more than 300 balloon artists from around the world create a life-sized replica of Give Kids the World using 500,000 balloons.

Guests will be able to walk through the spectacular display, participate in fun family activities, take one-of-a-kind photos, enjoy delicious treats and interact with performers such as magicians and balloon artists.

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The event is sponsored by Pioneer Balloon Company.

An opening night party takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, followed by the main event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday then an after hours party from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here. All proceeds benefit Give Kids the World.

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“We are very excited about bringing the wonder and excitement of balloon artistry to Orlando while raising funds for such an impactful charitable organization,” said Pioneer Balloon Company Marketing Strategies Director Cyndra Perez. “We invite the entire community to join us for this truly monumental and meaningful event!”

Give Kids the World is an 89-acre whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee.

“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness,” Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World, said. With support from partners like Pioneer Balloon Company, we are thrilled to be able to provide these children and their families with a magical week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend priceless time together in a fantastical storybook oasis which attendees will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of during Balloon Wonderland.”

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