When it's time to go, it's time to go. That applies to people, light bulbs and carousels, and for the carousel at Fashion Island, last January was time to go.
The merry-go-round had served well, kids and non-kids loved it, it went round and round, which is a good thing, but Fashion Island was getting fluffed and folded in an Italian village makeover and a whirling, twirling carousel was not the best fit. The carousel was dismantled, packed up in lots and lots of bubble wrap and shipped back to its maker, Barrango Manufacturing.
That might have been the end of the story, but carousels can be stubborn things and sometimes they can't be stopped, so to speak. Just this week, a decision in the not-distant city of Irvine means the former Fashion Island carousel will soon become the Great Park carousel.