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    Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    My mom has been going through some old photos and located this shot in front of the train station. I don't ever remember seeing a ferris wheel at the entrance but as you can see below, there it is. Does anyone remember details about this short lived ride?


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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    I believe it was a late 80s/early 90s promotion celebrating the Circus. I think there was a Big Top or another Ferris Wheel in front of the castle at the hub?



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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    Wow, that is pretty bad I have to admit. There is a reason why people are drawn to Disneyland over CARNIVALS so why would they think a trashy circus theme would make Disney fans flock to the park? Maybe all the "Year of a Million Dreams" cynics can at least thank their lucky stars it is not the "Year of a Million Carnies"

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    It was for one of the many annual promotions that Disneyland used to do.

    they were very popular. This specific promotion was about country fairs. They had all kinds of activities that represented a country fair. The ferris wheel was there to promote the event.

    I ams ure you could find information regarding the event online. If i find anything i will post it

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    They had the California State Fair there in 1987-1988.
    Edited to add: They had a pig race down Main Street as well. Also this was mentioned in one of the Mice Chat roundups.
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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    Quote Originally Posted by TicTocDragon View Post
    They had a pig race down Main Street as well.
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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    Well I have to admit a county fair theme sounds a little less trashy than a carnival theme, especially when it is centered around Main Street USA. Plus, who wouldn't want to see pigs race?

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    That brought back memories.

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    here is a little information about it.

    The State fair was then replaced by "Blast to the Past" which was also a fun event

    " Blast to the Past (1988-1989): For this event Disneyland was transformed into a large sock hop! You could find the 1950's-themed Rainbow Diner in Tomorrowland, humungous Juke Boxes above the Main Street U.S.A. train tunnels, a parade, and much more.
    Mickey Mouse celebrated his 60th Birthday
    State Fair (1987-1988): For this event Disneyland had a ferris wheel in front of the train station and games and food booths around the Hub of Main Street U.S.A."

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    Oh GAWD it's the State Fair campaign thing. Run away run away!! Everytime I think about the Sate Fair I get that damn promo music they had on the commercials.

    "Oh oh the State Fair at Disneyland the.... State Fairs coming...." AAAAAA!

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    Quote Originally Posted by claribella View Post
    That brought back memories.
    Did they involve Joe Dirt operating the ferris wheel?

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    Ahhh, cheesy at it was, it was back in the old days when we got a new parade each year...
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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut View Post
    Oh GAWD it's the State Fair campaign thing. Run away run away!! Everytime I think about the Sate Fair I get that damn promo music they had on the commercials.

    "Oh oh the State Fair at Disneyland the.... State Fairs coming...." AAAAAA!
    Wow, from the sound of that campaign it is almost as if they are trying to get you to run away!

    Thanks for the information Baloo. I have heard bits and pieces about the 1950's theming but nothing about the county fair. I was obviously at the park and still don't remember a thing about it so I guess I was less than impressed.

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    the best one of the campaigns was the "Blast to the Past" they even had an area with sand and beach music.

    Another fun one was "Toon Avenue" (something similiar) They had IASW mall dressed up to look like diferent episodes of the Disney channel cartoon programs. That is when the motorboat cruise was given an overlay. I think it was the gummi Bears. It was fun seeing all the Disney channel toons walking the park.

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    Re: Why Was There A Ferris Wheel at the Train Station?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    the best one of the campaigns was the "Blast to the Past" they even had an area with sand and beach music.
    Totally agree. And the finale to the Blast show on Main Street has never been topped, IMHO.

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