Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2016

Puddles and Splash have returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the biggest balloon fiesta in the world!

After getting lost on their way to the Fiesta last year, the beloved penguins arrived several days early to ensure they were here with time to spare.

This year they have also invited their new friend, Simbaloo, the Longleat Lion. After being the ‘mane’ attraction at our Sky Safari at Longleat several weeks ago Simbaloo was keen to have more adventures and couldn’t resist the chance to visit the US and the famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!

Enjoying their first flight this morning, all three balloons received huge cheers from the crowds when they took off from the mile long launch site.

With up to 800 balloons launching in a mass ascent, the trio were surrounded by other balloons and enjoyed the stunning views of the New Mexico landscape.

Puddles, Splash and Simbaloo also took part in the Twinkle Glow this evening! Huge crowds gathered to see the balloons burn and twinkle after sunset.

Puddles and Splash also showed off their growing romance as during the glow turned to kiss in front of the crowds to big cheers!!

All three balloons will be here for the rest of the Fiesta which continues with mass ascents and glows until Sunday 9th October.