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->''"You'll never know how great a kiss can feel,''\\
''[='til=] we stop at the top of a Ferris Wheel..."''
-->-- ''Palisades Park'', Freddy Cannon

No date at the AmusementPark, whether planned or [[NotADate unplanned]], "Just the two of us" or "Let's all go together", is complete without a ride on the Ferris Wheel. In most {{Shoujo}} animes with such a date, the Ferris Wheel is the replacement for the often cliché Tunnel of Love: the cars only seat two people at a time, are [[NothingCanStopUsNow perfectly private with no chance for interruptions]], provide a romantic view of the city and amusement park lights, and encourage that [[RelationshipUpgrade now or never]] moment for the couple to share their feelings for each other.

The scenes are easily predictable, based upon the viewers' current knowledge of the characters and plot from previous episodes/chapters. Some recurring examples:
* Often times, the [[CannotSpitItOut less-forward]] of the two will say something to the effect of "Actually, there's one more I wanted to ride, if that's okay with you." Cue the LuminescentBlush, ShyFingerTwiddling, and the shy loss of eye contact.
* One can expect, since the situation calls for it, that the Ferris Wheel is the last ride for the couple in the episode.
* [[GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies Stereotypically, the female]] in the car invariably has [[PrimalFear acrophobia]].
* Following the previous or not, a [[ContrivedCoincidence sudden jerk]] by the wind or a technical glitch in the system causes her to [[SecurityCling cling]] to him in a [[{{moe}} rather adorable]] way.
* May even lead to the couple's FirstKiss, unless of course the aforementioned [[WillTheyOrWontThey sudden]] jerk says [[AlmostKiss otherwise]].
* In hentai series, the above could have [[ThanksForTheMammary ecchi results]].
* If anyone is trying to spy on one or both protagonists, inevitably he/she drags someone else with them, and any of the aforementioned points above [[HilarityEnsues may occur]] to this pair as well.

Not to be confused with the FerrisWheelOfDoom, or eating a date while on a ferris wheel.

'''Be advised! This trope generally occurs at the end of an episode/chapter/series and may spoil a RelationshipUpgrade or HappilyEverAfter for you!'''



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''LightNovel/{{Akikan}}!'': Najimi takes Kakeru up on the Ferris Wheel at the water park in episode 8. Her affection is clearly one-sided, however, and a lot of the moment is made possible, and then ruined, by Kakeru's sleepiness. Also, PlayedForLaughs, Kochikaze and Amaji ride it to spy on the former pair.
* ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' has Marron and Chiaki end up in the ferris wheel together and a sudden blackout stops them mid-air. Since it's dark, Marron manages to sneak out and do her Kaitou Jeanne duty and returns in time, before the ride keeps going. [[spoiler:Chiaki mentions later that he was fully aware that she left.]]
* ''Manga/DengekiDaisy'': Kurosaki and Teru attempt to have one in Chapter 33 but [[spoiler: that goes horribly wrong.]] Then in Chapter 68 [[spoiler:they finally have a real date on the Ferris Wheel and Kurosaki confesses his love for Teru]]
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Urumi drags Onizuka out on a [[NotADate date]] and tries to kiss Onizuka, but he's too honorable to go through with it, wherein he knocks himself unconscious.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': In the anime, Kaito and Lucia have a moment like this that ends in ''jumping out of the ferris wheel car''.
* ''Manga/{{Hajiotsu}}'' plays with this. Kai and Himari are at the amusement park for a date and do pick the ferris wheel at the end of the day. But Himari is too nervous and slow to get into the carriage in time, she ends up getting into the next one.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'' has one of these. It's when Yukiteru Amano begins to genuinely return [[AxCrazy Yuno]] [[{{Yandere}} Gasai]]'s feelings for him. Too bad that same night doesn't end nearly as well as the day itself went...
* Ganta Igarashi promises to take Shiro on one of these in ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' at the end of the [[LaResistance Scar Chain]] arc. [[spoiler:He keeps this promise, but [[http://www.mangareader.net/deadman-wonderland/54/34 this]] probably wasn't what he had in mind.]]
* ''[[LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza]]'': Classic example in episode 9 on the Ferris Wheel shown above, with the [[AlmostKiss interruption]] being [[spoiler:a phone call from Haruka's annoying little sister]].
* ''Manga/{{Nononono}}'': Shiriya convinces Nono to ride the Ferris Wheel with him and Kishitani. [[spoiler:Once up high, Shiriya throws Kishitani out of the cab and into the lake so he can put the moves on Nono. She panics, naturally, and kicks him out too, though he was less fortunate to already have a broken leg from before.]]
* ''[[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Shingetsutan Tsukihime]]'': Subverted in the amusement park episode (perhaps the only part of the adaptation that didn't have ''anything'' to do with the original game). Unable to decide who rides with whom, the characters draw lots, and [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire Arcueid]] ends up in one car with her {{rival}} [[VampireHunter Ciel]]; [[TheProtagonist Shiki]], with [[NotBloodSiblings his own sister Akiha]]; and his best buddy Arihiko, with their classmate Satsuki (which is less obvious, but Arihiko tried hitting on Akiha, while Satsuki has a crush on Shiki). The ride is pretty awkward for all of them.
** Played straight in the manga adaptation - Arcueid and Shiki are the only ones who went to the park, and the Ferris Wheel provides a quiet moment for Arcueid to reflect on how all the knowledge she absorbed about human society never prepared her for the fun of actually experiencing it for herself.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}!'': Rin nearly [[SpaghettiKiss shares a cookie]] with Asa on the Ferris Wheel towards the end of Episode 18, but the ride's abrupt end spoiled it for them.
* ''Manga/TotallyCaptivated'': PlayedForLaughs when Ewon gets [[ShipperOnDeck forced]] into a Ferris Wheel ride with Mookyul and Killer Bear (a former mafioso), the latter of whom thinks Ewon is Mookyul's lover. All kinds of awkwardness ensues.
* Ryo Urawa invites Ami Mizuno to go on the Ferris wheel with him at the end of an episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon.''
* Played with in ''Manga/KokoNiIruYo''. Hikage goes on a date with Hinata at an amusement park, but it's ''Teru'' who she shares a ferris wheel moment with to cheer him up.
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' features one between Tomoe and Nanami, though [[BelligerentSexualTension considering the nature of their relationship]], it is a little more conflict driven than other examples.
* In the first episode of ''Manga/KoiKaze'', Koshiro and Nanoka go to an amusement park together. They ride the ferris wheel, and have a conversation that leads to them feeling a very strong connection. [[BrotherSisterIncest This was before they knew that they were siblings.]]
* ''Liar and the Ferris Wheel'' is an oneshot about two girls that go on a date to the amusement park. It mainly takes place on the ferris wheel, obviously. The "liar" part comes from the fact one of them is [[DisguisedInDrag pretending to be a boy.]]
* In chapter 10 of ''Manga/SwapSwap'' Natsuko and Haruko go on the ferris wheel together, a sign that their relationship is getting more intimate. The ferris wheel operator opens the door to let them out at the end of the ride just as they're getting ready to kiss. In this case, though, the kiss is to facilitate their ability to switch bodies.
* Several chapters of ''Manga/InsideMari'' revolve around Yori and Mari going to an amusement park [[spoiler:to trigger memories of Mari's]]. Most of it comes off as cute and romantic [[spoiler:however the actual ferris wheel ride ''does'' invoke memories. Mari ends up becoming [[EmptyShell catatonic]] due to remembering the memories.]]


[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''The Life Story of ComicBook/TheFlash'': Barry [[spoiler:proposes to Iris]] on a Ferris Wheel.
* In an Franchise/ArchieComics ''Super Duck'' story, Dapper, Supe's rival for Uwanna's affections, is the third wheel on their amusement park date. Dapper suggests Supe ride the ferris wheel, then bribes the operator to stop it once Supe's at the top. His scheme backfires when Uwanna decides to join Supe on the ride at the last moment, and the operator refuses to go back on the prank. The last panel shows Supe and Uwanna in silhouette after dark, enjoying a romantic moment atop the wheel.
* In the ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' sequel series ''The Young All-Stars'', Flying Fox has a date on a Ferris wheel with a girl who is a friend of the one "Iron" Munro is dating, which then gets ruined with the appearance of Axis Amerika.
* Jerrica and Rio go on the ferris wheel at least twice in ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms''. The second time it ends up badly as Rio starts complaining about Jem, who unknown to him is Jerrica's alter ego.
* Briefly happens during Big Mac's DayInTheLimelight in ''ComicBooks/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW''. Princess Luna manages to plant a kiss on him, to his bewilderment.

[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' Fanfiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2811448/1/Lyoko_Championship_The_Sequel Lyoko Chamionship: The Sequel]], Mary tells her friends she wants to invoke this trope when she finally has her FirstKiss with her [[ShrinkingViolet extremely shy boyfriend Jamie]] (they have been dating for three years at this point). Though she is completely surprised when they are on the Ferris Wheel and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he is the one that asks if he could kiss her]].
* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has a sidestory starring Yancy, who has one at the beginning and one at the end with Nate [[spoiler: who is actually Blake under a different name, and in the second one she even kisses him.]]
* In ''FanFic/TheRoadToBeAPokemonMaster'', while not a couple at that point yet, Ash and Serena do have one in Cinnabar Island's Theme Park.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'': Film/JamesBond bribes the operator to stall the Ferris Wheel, in order to give him and Kara added time alone.
* ''Film/TheNotebook'': Noah climbs onto a moving Ferris Wheel to ask Allie out, right in front of her current date. He even blackmails her by threatening to let himself fall.
* ''Film/TheThirdMan'': Invokes this trope for emotional dissonance. Instead of romantic seclusion, the setting allows an open discussion of crime and murder.
* ''Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze]] & [[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]]: Movie Wars Megamax'' has one between Gentaro and Nadeshiko.
* In ''Film/NeverBeenKissed'' Drew Barrymore and the teacher/love interest have a very romantic Ferris wheel ride.
* In ''Film/EasyMoney'', Mrs. Capuletti says this was when she fell in love with Rodney Dangerfield's character, adding that he paid the operator a dollar to stop the ride with them at the top.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'': When this happens to Fern and Henry, Wilbur realizes he is no longer the most important thing in her life.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' Lana gets one of these with a random guy in ''Magnetic''. [[spoiler:Shame he is a psycho.]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Season 2 Episode 8 "Chuck Versus the Gravitron" shows Chuck and his then-girlfriend Jill on one, leading to [[spoiler:their FirstKiss. It then gets a DarkReprise when the same thing happens years later, and Jill is a Fulcrum agent who then holds Chuck at gunpoint.]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': PlayedForLaughs. The Ferris Wheel stops, leaving Dr Cox, Jordan, JD, and Danni trapped at the top. Rather than this leading to Danni clinging to JD in an adorable way, it leads to JD [[VomitDiscretionShot throwing up]].
* On ''Series/TheOC'', Ryan and Marissa share their very first kiss on top of a ferris wheel. Marissa kisses Ryan in attempts of calming Ryan down from his fear of heights.
* Series/TheVampireDiaries: In Season 2 Episode 2 "Brave New World", Stefan leaps up with Elena (using his vampire ability of super leap or jump) onto the ferris wheel and the two share a kiss and a romantic tender moment after a day of chaos.
* In ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Richie thinks this when the light in the ferris wheel go out (believing that two girls he thought were following them would be getting on). Turns out that they have been deliberately left there by the attendants. Not to create an awkward atmosphere, but to [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution blow them up at dawn]]]] because Richie molested one of the attendants, [[DudeLooksLikeALady mistaking him for a girl]].

[[folder: Music ]]
* ''Palisades Park'' by Freddy Cannon: See the lyrics at the top of this trope.

[[folder: Pinball ]]
* Seen on the ferris wheel playfield toys for ''Pinball/{{Cyclone}}'' and ''Pinball/{{Hurricane}}'', as part of a FirstKiss sequence.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': At the Gold Saucer; whomever ends up sharing the cab with Cloud depends on certain conversation choices you've made up to that point. Play it [[strike: wrong]] right, and you have a date with [[spoiler:''[[ScaryBlackMan Barret.]]'']]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': In Nimbasa City, a total of five different trainers can be battled outside of the Ferris Wheel over the course of the game, one of them being [[spoiler:[[FoeYay Team Plasma's N]]]]. Upon winning, you get a cutscene of both characters riding the wheel. The conversations are [[IncrediblyLamePun coupled]] with [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]]. Toned down/censored in the English versions.
** In VideoGame/PokemonSpecial'', the aforementioned [[spoiler:date with N (which has [[NeutralFemale White]] on it instead of [[SuperOCD Black]], the real protagonist of that storyline,]] is [[ShipSinking sapped of all possible shipping moments]] and [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog replaced]] [[MoralEventHorizon with]] [[WhamEpisode trauma]] [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation instead]].]]
** The Ferris wheel returns in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' with a new set of rotating "dates" for both player characters as well as a handful of special encounters with various [=NPCs=]. Both Nate and Rosa get at least one seasonal date [[CallBack who also showed up in the previous games]].
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' during a date to the amusement park in the winter season after Shiori is in "enraptured" state, choose to ride the ferris wheel (Shiori's favorite ride). During the ride the Ferris wheel stalls, leaving the pair trapped up high. Shiori becomes frightened, but the protagonist takes her mind off it by showing her what a great view it is from up there.
** Happens again in the first [[DistaffCounterpart Girl's Side]] game: during a date with Kei on the ferris wheel, it stops and he calms the protagonist down by telling her a story from his past.
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TheSecretIslandOfDrQuandary'', the player is at a carnival and can get different comments from clicking on the crowd, the ticket booth, the fortune-teller's booth, and the Ferris Wheel. One of the Ferris Wheel comments is "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Harder! Harder!]]"

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Candace manages to have one of these with Jeremy in "Bowl-R-Rama Drama".
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Multiple instances between Starfire and Robin, as well as Beastboy and Terra.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Nightcrawler and Boom-Boom's [[NotADate date]] had this, although Boom-Boom being Boom-Boom, it didn't really follow the "shy, scared female" stereotype.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had an episode that involved Doug trying to have one of these with Patti. He manages to get a seat with Patti on the ferris wheel, but the fact that they're riding "the fastest Ferris wheel on Earth" dampens the romantic mood somewhat.
* [[TheHero Danny]] and [[DatingCatwoman Valerie]] on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom.''
* Played for laughs in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch, where the boyfriend convinced the operator to stop the Ferris wheel so he could propose to his girl friend. She bluntly rejects him, and they are left awkwardly stuck on the Ferris wheel until it can be started back up. It even continues into another sketch later in the episode, where they are still stuck and the boyfriend asks again, just to be sure.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': At the end of the episode "Human Flesh", Bob and Linda make out on the Ferris wheel, while the kids are in the cart just behind them, largely unamused.
-->'''Gene:''' You're a couple of sluts!\\
'''Tina:''' I think it's nice.\\
'''Louise:''' (''to the operator'') Can you get this thing moving?! I'm getting mentally scarred up here!
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': In "Put it Down", Craig tries to invoke this to distract his boyfriend Tweek from his worries about [[ItMakesSenseInContext North Korea coming to get him]], complete with a painfully stilted line about the nice view, after the latter says the ferris wheel is his favorite ride, but it fails.