Sun Wheel
Website: California Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Spinning Wheel
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.0323
TPC Overall Rank: #154 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 35
Last Review: 3/31/2009 9:13:00 AM
In User Top 10: 1 times.
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SunWheel w/ Screamin

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Sun Wheel
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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up biosciking on 6/13/2004 9:57:00 PM
This is a spectacular ride to look at, probably the centerpiece of the very photogenic Paradise Pier at DCA. As far as the ride experience itself, this one is good, but definitely not the best the park has to offer. Let me begin with the negatives. The line moves extremely slowly, though I guess that is to be expected from a ferris wheel. The ride is also not incredibly long (probably necessary to keep the wait in line from becoming interminable). You get one full rotation around the wheel without stopping, and another rotation that stops and starts as people are loaded / unloaded. This loading / unloading procedure unfortunately accounts for the majority of the duration of the ride, so the great swinging sensation is constantly interrupted as you basically sit there and do nothing. There is of course the view, but the cabins are so enclosed that the view is somewhat impeded. However, let me turn to the positives. Though the view is slightly blocked, you do reach a reasonable height, so it is actually quite neat to not just be able to see the surrounding pier area, but all the way over into Disneyland as well. The highlight of the ride is without question the swinging of the cabins. During the full rotation without stopping and starting, the swinging does get going quite nicely (and actually quite thrillingly), probably making this a no-go for people with motion sickness or a fear of heights. I have never ridden in the stationary cabins, which take riders even higher, and though I keep saying I will give one a try someday, I always gravitate toward the swinging cabins, as that is in my opinion what this ride is all about. I am torn between a 7 and an 8 for the Sun Wheel, though I think I will give the ride the benefit of the doubt, mainly because it is such an icon for the park and because it gives the world a modern incarnation of the famous Coney Island Wonder Wheel. It sounds like the theming of this ride is going to flip-flop with that of the California Screamin coaster during the DCA make-over. While the coaster loop will lose its Mickey Mouse ears and instead get a sun emblem, the Sun Wheel will reportedly become the Fun Wheel, with a giant Mickey face instead of a sun. I hope they know what they are doing, as the Sun Wheel looks pretty good as it already is.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Andrea02 on 6/10/2004 10:38:00 AM
Nice ferris wheel, BUT, the swinging motion of the cars made me uncomfortable. Found out afterwards that yoy can request ones that dont move! LOL But a nice view from the top!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rct247 on 3/14/2004 3:55:00 PM
The best ferris wheel Ive been on. Make sure you get a swinging car though. That is where the thrill is and dont worry, you will not fly off. The wheel is also nicely themed.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up scubadude on 10/18/2003 3:32:00 PM
I have been on many ferris wheels in my life but this one is by far my favorit. The swininging cars add excitment to a noraml boring ferris wheel. The ride offers great view of the parks and the city. I reconmend this ride if you have never been to the parks or you are scared of heights. The only other ferris wheel that I feel comes close is the London Eye. While similar they can not be compared. The London Eye is an observation wheel. The Difference I do not know. But if you find your self at DCA take a ride on the Sun Wheel. You will be plesentley surprised even if you are not a fan of a ferris wheel.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Axman on 10/8/2003 6:01:00 PM
This was by far the coolest ferris wheel I have ever ridden.It was practicaly a rollercoaster on a ferris wheel.:trophy: :thumbsup:

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Broduer477 on 8/14/2003 2:12:00 PM
Definitely the best ferris wheele ive been on, it brings more excitement and thrills, this ridee can be pretty scary too.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sixflags20 on 7/15/2003 2:54:00 PM
I was pretty surprised. This ferris wheel was great. The swing cars are fun, and If you ride during the Electrical Parade, you get a pretty good view.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up thechad on 6/15/2003 8:42:00 PM
Its fun, the ones on the tracks make this ferris wheel more unique than others. Plus this ride greatly contributes to the themeing of Paradise Pier.

3 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up LaffnStock on 3/22/2003 6:28:00 PM
A decent ride turned into a total waste of time because Disney cant bother to load the thing properly. Instead of stopping every 1/10th of a spin, why not stop every 9/10ths? Idiots.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SpaceCadet on 2/9/2003 5:27:00 PM
The swinging cars are most likely the biggest thrill in the park. Its very scary for anyone with the slightest fear hieghts. Though, it does offer spactacular views of both parks. (Yes, you can see Disneyland!)

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