With the closing of California Screamin’, we thought we’d share a little history and some pictures. When this ride opened on February 8, 2001, it was the fourth longest coaster in the world! It’s 6,072 feet long; that’s over a mile long!
Did you know the scream tubes have a purpose? Because Disneyland is in a residential area there are noise restriction guidelines they have to follow. They had to contain some of the screaming so they built scream tubes. The MaliBoomer had clear plastic shields in front of each rider for the same reason.
Have you ever heard the song “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & the Papas? It’s what California Screamin’ is named after.
California Screamin’ hits a top speed of 55 miles per hour, making it the fastest ride at the Disneyland Resort and one of the fastest rides Disney has built.
It took 5.8 million pounds of steel to build California Screamin’.
When the Son of Beast closed at King’s Island in 2006, California Screamin’ became the longest looping coaster in the world.
This isn’t the first time the ride has been changed. For the summer of 2007, the audio track was temporarily replaced with a remixed version of “Around the World” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2009, the Mickey Mouse Head behind the loop was changed to a large sun. And in 2010 the safety spiel was rerecorded by Neil Patrick Harris.
Here’s a ride through from back in 2010. If you watch close you might even see The MaliBOOMer!!
And here’s a more recent ride through.
So many good memories of waiting in the shade for that ride. And the concerts walls made nice seats that I didn’t mind sitting on, because I didn’t think I’d get yelled at for sitting on them in stead of the chains.