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December 17, 2011
What has 30 jumping horses, eight stationary ponies, two chariots and plays by the seaside? The answer is the Balboa Fun Zone's iconic carousel of course! But unfortunately, it will no longer be gracing the bayfront carnival wonderland. The Balboa Peninsula's most famous horses have stopped galloping after delivering 25 years of rides and memories to visitors and local families alike. The Ferris wheel, arcade and trampoline are scheduled to remain on the site. But for the first time in its 75-year history, the Fun Zone is without a carousel.
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Peter Buffa | May 23, 2010
W hen 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...
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By Erik Holmes and OCLNN.com | May 13, 2010
The Irvine City Council this week approved the purchase of a hand-painted carousel that used to be at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The Venetian-themed carousel, which has 32 colorful animal figures and two chariots, can accommodate up to 40 children at a time. The 38-foot-diameter carousel is expected to become part of the Great Park's Kids Rock playground, which is under construction. "The carousel will be an attractive addition and will add a dimension to the preview park that I know people will enjoy," Councilwoman Beth Krom said in an e-mail.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
The Festival of Children Foundation is taking its carousel-driven fundraising techniques to the Chicago area this weekend. The Costa Mesa-based nonprofit is calling the event "The Carousel of Possible Dreams. " Participants will ride a European salon carousel, cell phones in hand, to "dial for donations" at the Saturday event. Their efforts will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital of Memphis, Tenn., and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
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By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | July 26, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Balboa Peninsula's most famous horses will stop galloping come September. The Balboa Fun Zone will likely close its iconic merry-go-round after the Fun Zone marks its 75th anniversary Sept. 24, according to manager Patrick Moore. The landlord, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, is not renewing the amusement's lease. The museum gave Moore notice to vacate the space on Monday. Moore said the Fun Zone must remove the ride by Sept. 30, but it will likely stop running Sept.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
Among the iPods, cameras, family heirlooms and bestsellers being auctioned off on EBay, online shoppers can now bid on a Newport Beach landmark: the Balboa Fun Zone carousel. The iconic merry-go-round has been placed on the auction block with an opening bid of $149,999 . Fun Zone Manager Patrick Moore said he hopes that interested parties will spot the attraction online and reach out to him. "If I happen to sell it, wonderful, but I don't expect to," Moore said. Moore has been with the Fun Zone since 1989, not long after the carousel was installed in 1985.
FEATURES
March 16, 2009
A group of well-dressed local adults will ride the carousel at South Coast Plaza Wednesday afternoon, not getting off until they have successfully solicited at least $4,000 for charity. The fundraiser is an attempt by the Festival of Children Foundation to generate excitement during the tough financial climate in which many charities have found themselves. The participants, dressed in suits and ties, will use their cell phones to hit up acquaintances for money to benefit 10 children?
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | February 15, 2012
The sale of the Balboa Fun Zone carousel, which was expected to land the iconic ponies in the Westminster area by spring , has fallen through, the owner said. Buyers informed Fun Zone Rides owner Patrick Moore that the purchase of the carousel, which had been listed for $149,999 on eBay back in August, would no longer be possible following the collapse of a redevelopment project that was to be the ride's new home. Redevelopment projects statewide have fallen apart after Sacramento decided to keep funding in state coffers.
FEATURES
By Peter Buffa | May 22, 2010
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...
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NEWS
November 14, 2013
Supporters cheered as volunteers rode King Arthur's Carrousel at Disneyland last week on behalf of 10 local nonprofits. The early morning event, dubbed "The Carousel of Possible Dreams," raised $208,575 for Orange County charities that benefit children. "How fitting to host Carousel of Possible Dreams at the place where dreams come true every day," Disneyland spokeswoman Jill Bolton said in a news release. "We are honored to host this program, which aligns with our focus on promoting the happiness and well-being of kids and families.
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NEWS
August 16, 2013
A recent fundraising event in Illinois organized by the Festival of Children Foundation raised a little more than $150,000 for two charitable groups, according to a news release. The effort by the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. More than 180 people attended the Aug. 3 event , including Daniella Guzman and Stefan Holt, news anchors for NBC Chicago.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
The Festival of Children Foundation is taking its carousel-driven fundraising techniques to the Chicago area this weekend. The Costa Mesa-based nonprofit is calling the event "The Carousel of Possible Dreams. " Participants will ride a European salon carousel, cell phones in hand, to "dial for donations" at the Saturday event. Their efforts will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital of Memphis, Tenn., and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | May 3, 2013
South Coast Plaza played host to a recent letter-writing campaign that organizers believe broke a world record for most cards written for the troops in a single afternoon. The children who participated in the April 27 "Letters from Home" campaign at the Costa Mesa shopping center wrote 507 letters within a four-hour window, according to a news release. The Festival of Children Foundation, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit, and the Irvine-based Team Kids organized the effort, which took place in the center's Carousel Court.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | April 4, 2013
Some 30 years ago, my wife and I traveled to Denver for an annual gala hosted by Barbara and Marvin Davis , which they called "The Carousel Ball. " Fast forward three decades and the Carousel Ball still unfolds annually, now in Beverly Hills with Barbara and committee at the helm. Marvin, Denver oil man and former owner and chairman of 20th Century Fox Studios, passed away a number of years ago. The ball, which originated in their hometown of Denver, raised millions of dollars at a time when a charity event was considered a success raising $50,000.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 15, 2013
The Orange County Great Park once again raised the Irvine's City Council's hackles. The carousel and balloon rides starred prominently at Tuesday's meeting, as did the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. These items, pulled from the meeting's consent calendar, led to a heated debate, pockmarked with insults, from both factions of the divided council. The lengthy discussion, in which the audience was given yet another walk through the park's history, ended in a 3-2 vote; Larry Agran and Beth Krom dissented.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | February 15, 2012
The sale of the Balboa Fun Zone carousel, which was expected to land the iconic ponies in the Westminster area by spring , has fallen through, the owner said. Buyers informed Fun Zone Rides owner Patrick Moore that the purchase of the carousel, which had been listed for $149,999 on eBay back in August, would no longer be possible following the collapse of a redevelopment project that was to be the ride's new home. Redevelopment projects statewide have fallen apart after Sacramento decided to keep funding in state coffers.
NEWS
December 17, 2011
What has 30 jumping horses, eight stationary ponies, two chariots and plays by the seaside? The answer is the Balboa Fun Zone's iconic carousel of course! But unfortunately, it will no longer be gracing the bayfront carnival wonderland. The Balboa Peninsula's most famous horses have stopped galloping after delivering 25 years of rides and memories to visitors and local families alike. The Ferris wheel, arcade and trampoline are scheduled to remain on the site. But for the first time in its 75-year history, the Fun Zone is without a carousel.
NEWS
From the Los Angeles Times | November 24, 2011
Location: 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine. It is easily accessible from the San Diego (405) and Santa Ana (5) freeways. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday What you'll find: More than 130 merchants, anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's and Target, with a mix of smaller shops, including Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Claire's, H&M, Lululemon, White House/Black Market,...
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By Sarah Peters | November 10, 2011
The iconic Balboa Fun Zone carousel is expected to reopen under new ownership in the Westminster area in the spring, said its previous operator. While Patrick Moore, the longtime operator of the Fun Zone rides, could not go into details with the Daily Pilot on Thursday because the sale is not yet finalized, he said that the carousel would land somewhere off the San Diego (405) Freeway close enough for locals to enjoy it. "One of the reasons that I agreed to this sale is that it would keep it nearby and open to the public," Moore said via email to the Daily Pilot.
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