Tracy Bates

Published: December 9, 2013 at 3:15 AM

Do they still let park guests sign up to be balloon handlers? The pass holder site doesn't mention it anymore and I don't eee anything on the universal site about it.

In did it back in 2011 and it was a lot of fun.

James Rao

Published: December 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Thanks, Krista. I really appreciate your contribution to TPI and look forward to more of your reviews and great photos in the weeks and months ahead!

Published: December 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Yes, they still do. My wife and I handled one of the White Stars on the 7th. They were taking volunteers over by Woody Woodpecker Kidzone next to the ET ride. It was fun and you didn't have to be an annual pass holder (although we have annual passes).
Good Luck
Krista  Joy

Published: December 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Thank you so much James! Tracy - yes! Guests may still sign up to be balloon handlers. Registration opens two hours before parade time in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone (so normally 3:00pm or 6:00pm depending on the parade schedule), and is first come, first served for everyone. The only requirements are that you must be 48 inches or taller, and you must be wearing closed-toe shoes. Coordinating jump suits and gloves are provided. Remember that the parade is about 45 minutes and starts at dusk or later. This means you may be fairly warm when you go to sign up (especially if it’s still sunny out), but two hours later as the parade starts, it could be quite chilly — dress accordingly!

Published: December 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Awesome report. Thanks!