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Pixar Pal-A-Round - Swinging

Pixar Pal-A-Round - Swinging

An Attraction in California Adventure

Last updated: May 3, 2023

At a Glance
Higher than the Matterhorn attraction at Disneyland Park, this whopper of a Ferris wheel tops out at 160 feet. Absolutely spectacular in appearance, with an enormous Mickey head in the middle of its wheel, Pixar Pal-A-Round offers stunning views in all directions. Unfortunately, however, the view is severely compromised by the steel mesh that completely encloses the passenger compartment. In essence, Disney has created the world's largest revolving chicken coop. As concerns the ride itself, some of the passenger buckets move laterally from side to side across the wheel, in addition to rotating around it. Because it feels like your bucket has become detached from the main structure, this lateral movement can be a little disconcerting if you aren't expecting it. If the movement proves too disconcerting, motion sickness bags are thoughtfully provided in each swinging car.
Current Standby Wait Time
Park Closed
Guest Overall Rating
Our Overall Rating
Preschool
Grade School
Teens
Young Adults
Over 30
Seniors
Duration
9 min
Rider Switch?
No
Minimum Height
None
Queues
  • Standby
Accessibility
  • Must Transfer to Standard Wheelchair

Touring Tips

When To Go
The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing.
Loading Speed
Slow
Early Entry?
No
Ferris wheels are the most slow loading of all cycle rides. Thus, we were very curious to see how the loading and unloading are engineered. Pixar Pal-A-Round has a platform that allows three compartments to be loaded at once. The lateral sliding buckets are loaded from the two outside platforms, while the stationary compartments are loaded from the middle platform. Loading the entire wheel takes about six and a half minutes, following which Pixar Pal-A-Round rotates for a single 2-minute revolution. The Fun Wheel rotates so slowly that the wonderful rising and falling sensations of the garden-variety Ferris wheel are completely absent. For our money, Pixar Pal-A-Round is beautiful to behold but terribly boring to ride. If you decide to give it a whirl, ride the first hour the park is open or in the hour before the park closes.

The Swinging version usually has the longer wait of the two, with sometimes double the wait (hey, if you're going on a Ferris Wheel, you might as well do it right, right?). It has twice the capacity than the non-swinging version, but the longer wait makes it load approximately even. loading of the two versions, but has only half the capacity (loads one car at a time instead of two). Also, be prepared during the busier season to double up with another small group if you are a group of 1, 2, or 3.

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Wait Times

Here's roughly how many minutes you'll wait for Pixar Pal-A-Round - Swinging at each California Adventure Crowd Level.

1
9 to 24
2
10 to 26
3
13 to 28
4
15 to 30
5
18 to 37
6
21 to 39
7
24 to 43
8
25 to 46
9
30 to 50
10
35 to 60
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Dec 6, 2023
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December 6, 2023

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21 min Actual Standby at 12:03pm
25 min Posted Standby at 12:03pm

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