The famous merry-go-round was shut down this past September after the landlord, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, refused to renew the attraction’s lease in July. The merry-go-round was first listed on eBay for $149,999, but the owner discounted the item in order to keep it local. It is to be moved somewhere in Westminster, CA, along the 405 freeway, so that people can still go visit it. The bumper cars and Scary Dark Ride were closed back in September 2006 despite groups of old traditionalists having formed groups on Facebook to try and preserve the Balboa FunZone.
The nautical museum plans run about $40 million. They plan to have a “4-D” sensory theater, submarine simulators, and other family oriented attractions.
ExplorOcean revealed its design for the park back in October and is set to open gradually over time.