By Mike Ellis.
Hello everyone, and thanks for coming to visit today at My Dreams of Disney! Today I have a confession to make — I have a fear of ferris wheels! When I was a kid, I read way too many horror books about the freak in the funhouse who stalked everyone at the carnival, and as a result, I became convinced that the ferris wheel would fall apart right when I made it to the top. If you were to ask my wife and daughter, they would tell you that I would be as far away from the ferris wheel as possible!
Well, when we got to Disneyland, one of the things that I really wanted to check out was Mickey’s Fun Wheel, which is, in my opinion, a state of the art ferris wheel the likes of which I’ve never seen before. You may remember that Mickey’s Fun Wheel was my featured post for day 96 in our countdown to Disneyland series.
Looking it over, I saw really quickly that I was going to enjoy this ride — and that I would have anything to worry about — for the following reasons:
- It’s a Disney attraction — not some cheap imitation that showed up one night — so I knew that it was going to be okay.
- As you look at the pictures, you’ll see that you have an enclosed car, which makes it safer, at least in my mind.
- There are two sections — a stationary section on the outside of the wheel, and one that swings on the inside. I made sure that we tried them both for comparison.
- The fun wheel stands up at 160 feet tall, so you can get some incredible shots of the park from there!
I really enjoyed my rides on Mickey’s Fun Wheel, as well as the other attractions in Paradise Pier. In fact, I feel like Paradise Pier is my favorite part of California Adventure, despite the beauty of Cars Land. Take a look at these photos, I hope you enjoy them!