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By Alicia Robinson | September 16, 2006
BALBOA FUN ZONE — There is such a thing as a free ride, at least this weekend in Newport Beach. The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum on Saturday opens a preview center to hint at how the planned new museum will look. Visitors can get free tickets for rides on the fun zone bumper cars and the Scary Dark ride, which close forever after the weekend. The museum was founded in 1986 and for the last 10 years has occupied a riverboat near East Coast Highway and Bayside Drive.
NEWS
September 21, 2006
An era didn't quite end as scheduled Wednesday when the last of three Balboa Fun Zone rides slated for removal didn't get taken out. A Temecula museum that was set to take the Scary Dark Ride backed out at the last minute. Installed in the late 1980s, the rides are being removed to make room for the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum's new on-land location. Fun zone ride operator Joe Tunstall already sold the bumper cars for $14,000, and he was there Wednesday to oversee removal of parts of the Drummer Boy ride.
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By Alicia Robinson | September 2, 2006
A ride on the bumper cars, a spin on the carousel and a chocolate-covered ice cream bar never seem to get old. Maybe that's why the Balboa Fun Zone is still fun. If you ignore the bungee jumping attraction and digital cameras, the fun zone could be from any time period in the last 60 years — kids begging their parents for candy or a ticket for a rides. Moms snapping pictures and waving as their little ones revolve on the carousel or chase each other in the bumper cars. The old-timey rides and the seaside-holiday atmosphere are what make the fun zone, but part of that equation is about to change.
NEWS
May 4, 2005
My answer is a resounding no! First we had the removal of the beautiful canopy of ficus trees on Main Street, and now we can anticipate the replacement of the bumper cars, the arcades and the scary ride with the nautical museum. The bumper cars are one of the last opportunities for kids to enjoy what was once a great thrill for their parents and grand- parents when they were young. The nautical museum belongs elsewhere, perhaps at Marinapark. BARRY WHYTE Corona del Mar I've lived here for more than 15 years, and now I have young kids, and they're finally getting tall enough to drive the bumper cars alone.
NEWS
By: Alicia Robinson | August 14, 2005
If the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum closes escrow in December on a spot at the Balboa Fun Zone, the Pride of Newport, which now houses the museum, will sail away forever. David Muller, the museum's executive director, said the boat was built with an intended lifespan of 20 years -- and that was 40 years ago. The nautical museum's board of directors is now working on a plan for facilities at the Fun Zone site, he said. The Daily Pilot reported in April that the museum had opened an escrow account for the Fun Zone site, with an eye to relocate there.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 20, 2010
CORONA DEL MAR — A Lynwood man was arrested this morning after police said he got behind the wheel drunk and, from a review of a police account, essentially played bumper cars down a Newport Beach street before coming to a stop on a front lawn. Joshua Mario Muniz, 24, was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and felony vandalism in the 200 block of Larkspur Avenue in Corona del Mar about 3:44 a.m. Newport Beach police said that Muniz deliberately drove into cars in the beachside neighborhood before he ended his rampage, crashing into a wall causing thousands of dollars in damage.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | August 10, 2006
After 10 years on the water, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is moving to solid ground. Museum executive director David Muller hopes its new home -- a building with vaulted ceilings and a public wharf in front -- will be a landmark in Newport Beach.  A "preview" of the new museum's exhibits is set to open at the new site at the end of August. Muller on Monday revealed drawings of plans for the $8.5-million facility, which will be built in phases over a five-year period.
NEWS
August 24, 2002
COSTA MESA Trains on the tracks On the third weekend of each month, engineers climb aboard their trains and travel on three miles of track at Fairview Park to display their steam and diesel engines. The public is welcome to join them at the park at Placentia Avenue and Estancia North. The Orange County Model Engineer program started in 1989, when engineers wanted to display their engines, while educating and entertaining the community about the past.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 20, 2010
CORONA DEL MAR — A Lynwood man was arrested this morning after police said he got behind the wheel drunk and, from a review of a police account, essentially played bumper cars down a Newport Beach street before coming to a stop on a front lawn. Joshua Mario Muniz, 24, was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and felony vandalism in the 200 block of Larkspur Avenue in Corona del Mar about 3:44 a.m. Newport Beach police said that Muniz deliberately drove into cars in the beachside neighborhood before he ended his rampage, crashing into a wall causing thousands of dollars in damage.
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NEWS
September 24, 2006
Possibly for the first time ever, adults last week had reason to be frightened by the Balboa Fun Zone's Scary Dark Ride. Relatively notorious for not being terribly scary, although certainly dark, the ride — as well as the Drummer Boy ride and the bumper cars — were removed from the Fun Zone to make way for the new Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, which is in the process of moving into the space. The museum's addition to the peninsula is sure to provide a revitalization to the area, which slowly has been undergoing cosmetic improvements during the past few years.
NEWS
September 21, 2006
An era didn't quite end as scheduled Wednesday when the last of three Balboa Fun Zone rides slated for removal didn't get taken out. A Temecula museum that was set to take the Scary Dark Ride backed out at the last minute. Installed in the late 1980s, the rides are being removed to make room for the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum's new on-land location. Fun zone ride operator Joe Tunstall already sold the bumper cars for $14,000, and he was there Wednesday to oversee removal of parts of the Drummer Boy ride.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | September 16, 2006
BALBOA FUN ZONE — There is such a thing as a free ride, at least this weekend in Newport Beach. The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum on Saturday opens a preview center to hint at how the planned new museum will look. Visitors can get free tickets for rides on the fun zone bumper cars and the Scary Dark ride, which close forever after the weekend. The museum was founded in 1986 and for the last 10 years has occupied a riverboat near East Coast Highway and Bayside Drive.
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By Alicia Robinson | September 9, 2006
A ride on the bumper cars, a spin on the carousel and a chocolate-covered ice cream bar never seem to get old. Maybe that's why the Balboa Fun Zone is still fun. If you ignore the bungee jumping attraction and digital cameras, the fun zone could be from any time period in the last 60 years — kids begging their parents for candy or a ticket for a rides. Moms snapping pictures and waving as their little ones revolve on the carousel or chase each other in the bumper cars. The old-timey rides and the seaside-holiday atmosphere are what make the fun zone, but part of that equation is about to change.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | August 10, 2006
After 10 years on the water, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is moving to solid ground. Museum executive director David Muller hopes its new home -- a building with vaulted ceilings and a public wharf in front -- will be a landmark in Newport Beach.  A "preview" of the new museum's exhibits is set to open at the new site at the end of August. Muller on Monday revealed drawings of plans for the $8.5-million facility, which will be built in phases over a five-year period.
NEWS
By: Alicia Robinson | August 14, 2005
If the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum closes escrow in December on a spot at the Balboa Fun Zone, the Pride of Newport, which now houses the museum, will sail away forever. David Muller, the museum's executive director, said the boat was built with an intended lifespan of 20 years -- and that was 40 years ago. The nautical museum's board of directors is now working on a plan for facilities at the Fun Zone site, he said. The Daily Pilot reported in April that the museum had opened an escrow account for the Fun Zone site, with an eye to relocate there.
NEWS
May 4, 2005
My answer is a resounding no! First we had the removal of the beautiful canopy of ficus trees on Main Street, and now we can anticipate the replacement of the bumper cars, the arcades and the scary ride with the nautical museum. The bumper cars are one of the last opportunities for kids to enjoy what was once a great thrill for their parents and grand- parents when they were young. The nautical museum belongs elsewhere, perhaps at Marinapark. BARRY WHYTE Corona del Mar I've lived here for more than 15 years, and now I have young kids, and they're finally getting tall enough to drive the bumper cars alone.
NEWS
July 11, 2004
Deepa Bharath Amid the din of high-energy music, vendors selling their wares and people talking, the shrill screams of people on scary rides pierce the air. What's a carnival without rides? Probably Newport Beach without the ocean. The Orange County Fair, in its 112th year, is no exception. Organizers of the annual event, which is a tradition for many families in the area and for visitors from out of town, have made it a point to introduce bigger, better and more thrilling rides every year.
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