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California Screamin' was a steel roller coaster located at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California. Opened on February 8, 2001, it was one of the park's original rides, and was the only roller coaster at the Disneyland Resort to feature an inversion. Its top speed of 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) made it the fastest ride at the Disneyland Resort and one of the fastest rides at any Disney theme park. It closed on January 8, 2018 to be rethemed as Incredicoaster, based on The Incredibles as part of the new Pixar Pier.[1]

History

The coaster was designed by Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmbH and was built by Intamin. It was the eighth-longest roller coaster in the world (and third-longest steel coaster in the United States), at 6,072 feet (1,851 m) long. It was also the longest ride with an inversion. Its highest point was 120 feet (37 m) followed by a 108-foot (33 m) drop. Though built of steel, the structure as designed visually mimicked the features of a wooden coaster.

The coaster had some distinctive features. It used linear induction motors to launch the train up the first hill, replacing the traditional lift hill chain. It was one of Disney's fastest attractions, accelerating guests from zero to 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) in four seconds at the launch. Like Space Mountain and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, it was set to music. It was the only inverting attraction at the Disneyland Resort. This attraction offered both Fastpass and Single Rider entrances.

On November 5, 2010, the coaster's original recorded safety spiels were updated with the voice of Neil Patrick Harris, replacing the original safety spiels recorded by Dee Bradley Baker.[2]

After the refurbishment of the whole park, from 2007-2012, the coaster's Mickey Mouse Head (which the loop went in front of) was replaced with a large Sun and the words PARADISE PIER.

Rockin' California Screamin'

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On January 3, 2007, the coaster's standard onboard audio track was temporarily replaced with a remixed version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Around the World," and it was renamed Rockin' California Screamin'. This was promoted alongside Rockin' Space Mountain, a similar change made to Space Mountain in Disneyland, though that ride's audio was changed to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover version of "Higher Ground". These changes were part of the "Rockin' Both Parks" campaign. The standard audio track was restored when the campaign ended.[3][4]

Trivia

  • The coaster's name was a play on the 1965 song "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas.
  • A Disney Villains themed overlay was proposed as part of Paradise Pier's 2010 overhaul, which would have featured an indoor "Villain Funhouse" queue (with Cruella's glaring face serving as the new entrance[5]) and the first launch tube redecorated as Maleficent's dragon form.[6]

Gallery

References

  1. "California Screamin’ closing Jan 8th to become Incredicoaster at Disneyland, more Pixar Pier details revealed". Inside the Magic (November 2, 2017).
  2. Sawas, George (November 8, 2010). "Hey, That Sounds Like Neil Patrick Harris". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved on November 8, 2010.
  3. Colothan, Scott (December 29, 2006). Red Hot Chili Peppers To Soundtrack Disneyland Rides. Entertainmentwise. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved on August 15, 2012.
  4. "Rockin' California Screamin'". YouTube (January 16, 2007). Retrieved on August 15, 2012.
  5. https://twitter.com/JimShull/status/1407097448896466950
  6. https://twitter.com/JimShull/status/1426966776592572430


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