The Sun Wheel
was the name for the Ferris wheel
with 48.8 meters diameter, at Disney's California Adventure Park
at the Disneyland Resort
in Anaheim, California
. The attraction's name came from the sun face theme at the center of the wheel and was inspired by Coney Island's 1927 Wonder Wheel.
The variation from the standard Ferris Wheel is that the 16 orange and purple gondolas are able to ride on interior rails so that they slide inward and outward with the gravitational force during the wheel's rotational movement. This provides for a quite a disorienting and intense experience. Motion sickness bags
are even provided in each of the gondolas due to the disorienting nature of the ride. The 8 red gondolas which are on the outside of the wheel remain stationary. Guests may choose to ride either the swinging gondolas or the stationary ones upon entering the queue.
Disney's California Adventure
is currently undergoing a $1.1 billion (US
) renovation, including a re-theming the Sun Wheel into Mickey's Fun Wheel
which will begin on October 13th 2008, while the closing date of the Sun Wheel is October 12th 2008. The ride will not be completely removed or changed, but they will remove the sun from the attraction and replacing it with a giant Mickey Mouse face. Also new LED lighting effects will be added as well as some additional Victorian theming.