Legendary Arcade to close after 30 years of business
After decades of entertaining visitors, the beloved arcade of Balboa Fun Zone is set to close its doors at the end of this month. Park, who co-owned the arcade with her late husband, Max Moore, has been paying month-to-month since 2021 and received the unfortunate news of the lease termination.
To commemorate this closing, Park is organizing a grand farewell party on December 28th, the arcade’s last day of operations. Following the party, the arcade’s games and memorabilia will be auctioned off at an Anaheim auction house.
The Pyle family, long-time residents of Newport Beach, acquired the entire block-long Fun Zone in 2021 from the Discovery Cube. Henry Pyle, a family representative, expressed their intention to revitalize the aging property, adding more restaurants and keeping the fun alive with a new concept arcade.
Moore and Park stepped in to purchase the arcade in 2007, ensuring the continuation of its cherished tradition. Moore passed away in 2018, and Park has faithfully maintained the arcade in his memory.
The arcade, nestled along a walkway bordering Balboa Bay, is a stone’s throw from the dock of the iconic Balboa Island Ferry. It also faces the peninsula’s renowned Ferris wheel, which will represent Visit Newport Beach at the Tournament of Roses Parade this year. The Ferris wheel was previously owned by Moore’s son, Patrick, who recently sold it to the Pyle Family.
If all goes according to plan, the new arcade will be operational by spring. The Pyle Family has ambitious plans to revamp the entire Fun Zone area, but the specifics are still being finalized.