I don’t think anyone who has seen Disney’s Up can forget the profound and deeply-moving animated sequence detailling the story of Eric and his wife, progressing from excitable and adventure-driven school children, to married and sadly, childless, to an elderly couple who revisit their dreams for adventure.

The adventure is eventually realised by Eric and Carl, a lonely school boy who joins him on an epic flight to Paradise Falls.

At the 2016 Canberra Balloon Spectacular in Australia, this Up-inspired hot air balloon was unveiled to delighted spectators.

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Officially known as Cameron TR-84, the balloon has 600 tiny balloons sewn into its outer skin. The main balloon is 84,000 cubic feet in size, which is considered small compared to standard balloons.

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Simon Askey, the balloon’s pilot, unveiled plans to actually “travel the world” with the balloon.
“It was created to support the Disney/Pixar movie, Up. And we’re hoping to send the balloon to Japan later this year,” Askey said.

Adventure really is out there!

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