General Information

Location: In the water along the boardwalk section of Paradise Pier.

Date Opened: February 8, 2001

# of Ride Units: 24 gondolas, 8 stationary and 16 free-swinging.

Ride Capacity: Up to 6 people per gondola

Restraint Method: None

Ticket Rating: D Ticket

Ride Photo: No

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Time Commitment

Open/Close: Opens with the park and closes shortly before the day's first performance of World of Color. The ride may close during bad weather.

Wait Times: 15-20 minutes, mostly due to slow loading times and which line you are in.

Length of Ride: 10 minutes

FastPass: No

Single Rider: No

Queue Description: An outdoor corral at the base of the Sun Wheel. Note which queue to get into depending on whether you want a moving or stationary gondola.

Access Information

Health Restriction: For the stationary cars there are none. The moving cars rock and may make sudden changes in direction that would be best avoided by people with back or neck problems. Guests with a fear of heights may prefer to avoid this ride.

Ride Access: The queue is wheelchair and ECV accessible.

Wheelchair Transfer: Wheelchairs can be taken into both the moving and stationary gondolas (reducing the capacity to three additional adults). It is recommended, however, that if on a moving gondola the wheelchair user transfer out of the chair. ECV users will need to transfer into the gondola seats.

Service Animals: Yes, on stationary gondolas

Audio: None

Weight and Size Issues: Plenty of room inside the gondolas.

Parenting Information

Height Restriction: No

Child Swap: No

Other Issues: The rolling gondolas may be very frightening for children. There are no restraints in the gondolas, even the rolling gondolas. Some parents have reported their children falling off of their seats in the rolling gondolas. You may want to keep a hand on children in the rolling gondolas.


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History and Trivia

  • The Attraction's History: Mickey's Fun Wheel opened witht he park in 2001 but did so with a different name and different theming. Known as Sun Wheel the ride didn't have Mickey's smiling face but rather a giant sunburst design. The new design is part of the massive redesign of Paradise Pier and the Sun Wheel closed on October 14, 2008, to reopen as Mickey's Fun Wheel on May 4, 2009.