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EBay sale means Balboa Fun Zone is losing its carousel

September 22, 2011 |  2:05 pm

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The long-spinning merry-go-round at the Balboa Fun Zone will be dismantled, packed up and trucked down the freeway to a new home –- so far undisclosed.

The Fun Zone attraction, a remnant of the once-bustling amusement park in the heart of Balboa, was purchased for $149,000 on EBay.

Patrick Moore, who had owned the merry-go-round, confirmed that the attraction –- painted ponies and all -– had been sold, but declined to say who bought it. Moore was equally vague on where its new home would be.

In an email to the Daily Pilot, Moore said he had “discounted the price to the buyers in order to keep it somewhat local."

He said the ride will be "within about 15 miles from here along the 405, if all goes according to plan."

In July, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum told the Fun Zone that it would not renew the carousel's lease. The museum intends to use the patio area for outdoor classes and activities.

This will be the final weekend for rides on the historic amusement, which coincides with the Fun Zone's 75th anniversary. Anniversary celebrations will offer 5-cent rides. The attraction will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ferris wheel, also owned by Moore, will stay put. It has 25 years remaining on its lease.

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-- Sarah Peters

Twitter: @speters01

Photo: Balboa Fun zone merry-go-round. Credit: Mark Boster

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