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Balboa Fun Zone's famous carousel set to close at end of summer

July 27, 2011 |  7:42 am

The Balboa Fun Zone will likely close its famous merry-go-round in September, according to manager Patrick Moore.

The landlord, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, is not renewing the attraction'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 that it will likely stop running Sept. 25. He said he is scrambling to figure out if he can keep, relocate or sell the attraction. Moore told the Daily Pilot that news of the carousel's closure will put a "very dark spin" on the Newport Beach landmark's 75th anniversary celebration.

The Nautical Museum bought the land the Fun Zone occupies in 2006. The bumper cars and Scary Dark ride closed in September 2006 as part of a gradual plan to phase in the museum. Although the Ferris wheel and other attractions will remain, Moore said the surrounding businesses are worried about the disappearance of the carousel.

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Photo: The carousel at the Balboa Fun Zone on Tuesday. Credit: Kevin Chang / Daily Pilot

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