DCA's Sun Wheel --> Mickey's Fun Wheel conversion nearly ready for unveiling!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:22 PM

The gondolas have been unwrapped, new Mickey face adorning the face of the coaster wheel.

It looks great. However, looks like they've given the queue area the pink slip. Hopefully it's only temporary so that they can get the attraction open by the May 8 deadline and in time for summer crowds.

Wheel, Before: http://www.flatrides.com/Ride%20Index/IntaminCoasterWheel.jpg

Wheel, After: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/dustysage/FridayVisions/2009...G_2482.jpg


Gondolas before: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1217/846431178_088e125abf.jpg?v=0

Gondolas after: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/dustysage/FridayVisions/2009...G_2541.jpg


Wednesday, April 29, 2009 1:32 AM

Nice pictures. It looks much more colorful and cheery. I especially like the character faces on the gondolas, reminds me of old Disney cartoons.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 11:27 AM

I do hope that queue is only temporary.... but I have a feeling it's not.

We have yet to see what the signage is going to look like, maybe that will improve things a bit.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:07 PM

I like the new colors and paint. Quite an improvement. Now if only they'd get of that S&S Tower that looks more and more out of place.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:36 PM

Talk about old school. When can we expect Steamboat Willie: the Ride?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 1:31 PM

^^I thought removal of the S&S towers was part of the makeover plans. kRaX...?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 1:50 PM

That's what I thought, but lately I've been hearing the removal of the Mailboomer is on the back burner. Which makes it easy to shove off the stove.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:28 PM

I think the wheel looks great. I'd rather they cut a corner on the queue than the E tickets planned. The remaining theming in the area will still have that wonderful victoian theme. I'm just hoping Silly Symphony Swings end up somewhere close to the concept are.

Anybody see some of the newly installed spigots for the World of Color? Looks like there will be a LOT! Cool. I think I'll start a rival site called Spigotbuzz, portal to the squirt. :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:58 PM

That sounds dirty.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:44 PM

Mamoosh said:
^^I thought removal of the S&S towers was part of the makeover plans. kRaX...?

Yup. It was.

However, it looks like it won't happen until phase 2 (yeah! there's a phase 2!) of the DCA face-lift/expansion. We're looking at 2011 and later.

Ugh Mali-boomer is such an eyesore.

Thursday, April 30, 2009 9:09 AM

Even though it's an amusement ride, I think the park will look better without the tower. It takes away from the classic look created by the coaster (fake wood, but still looks like wood) and the Ferris wheel.

Thursday, April 30, 2009 5:04 PM

Plus they already have a drop ride.

Friday, May 1, 2009 12:51 AM

DCA doesn't currently have that many good rides. I would think that removing the Maliboomer would not be a very good idea. Maybe if they have more good rides 2 years from now, it would not matter as much if they remove something.

Friday, May 1, 2009 9:08 AM

It's going to have a few more good rides added in upcoming seasons, ones that will absolutely humiliate a standard S&S Tower when it comes to theming and immersion. And I never really thought about how DCA has TWO drop rides (not to mention how one is so awesome compared to the other!)

Friday, May 1, 2009 12:06 PM

What's the other one?

Friday, May 1, 2009 12:07 PM

Tower of Terror.

Friday, May 1, 2009 12:08 PM

Oh yeah. Why is Maliboomer still around? ;)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:01 PM

A YouTube video showcasing the high-tech (and super trippy/hypnotizing) LED lighting schematics on Mickey's Fun Wheel.


Hopefully it will play a part in the lighting effects for the World of Color show.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:27 PM

Looks awesome...but I hope they get those missing sections fixed.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:35 PM

Missing sections?


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