Pixar-Pal-A-Round, Anaheim

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Ride / Activity · Hidden Gem · Fun & Games
Pixar Pal-A-Round (formerly known as the Sun Wheel and Mickey's Fun Wheel) is a 150-foot-tall (46 m) eccentric wheel at Disney California Adventure, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The attraction opened to the public on February 8, 2001 as the Sun Wheel. Inspired by Wonder Wheel at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, Coney Island, which also features both sliding and fixed gondolas, Pixar Pal-A-Round has a large Mickey Mouse face at its center.

From 2001 to 2008, the attraction featured a sun face on the front along with a yellow color scheme. In 2008, the attraction was rethemed as the Mickey's Fun Wheel, which opened on May 8, 2009. The sun was replaced with a Mickey Mouse face, and images of Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Minnie Mouse were added to the gondolas. On November 2, 2017, Disney announced that the ride would be renovated, which would include Pixar characters on the gondolas but with Mickey's face remaining on the side. On June 23, 2018, the attraction reopened as the Pixar Pal-A-Round. As part of this transformation, the attraction features characters from Pixar films on its gondolas.
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  • We came here with the family (9 year old and 3 year old) and a wife who recently had vertigo. We opted for the "static" car (make sure you ask which queue to follow or you can waste a lot of time to....  more »
  • This was the scariest ride I did at the park, much more so than Incredicoaster. The ride carts are very big and enclosed and hold a lot of people. The downside is there is no fastpass for this and.....  more »
  • Great ride overall. (Keep in mind that this review is for the SWINGING version) It really is like two rides in one, the ferris wheel portion (duh) and kinda like a...mini pirate ship. At one point it looks like your gondola is about to go right off into the lake in the center of the whole section of this theme park, but it was a great experience. However, I would not recommend this ride to anyone who has a fear of heights (it's a ferris wheel), motion sickness (the constant swinging could cause discomfort for some people), or people who like to take in the view or take photos (I'd recommend the non-swinging version). Still managed to get a decent shot overlooking this section of the park.
  • I didn’t think I would find this ride scary- I was wrong! I thought my car was going to swing off into the lake! By the end I was so ready to get off, but it’s a fun ride that’ll have you laughing and maybe a little sick... (don’t worry, they have sick bags inside the cars!) it’s a classic park staple, and you have to ride it at least once. You can do the regular Ferris wheel cars if you’re prone to sickness, plus they usually have less of a wait. :)

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