California Screamin' Rollercoaster

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    California Screamin'

    California Screamin Rollercoaster at Disney California Adventure
    ••• California Screamin Rollercoaster at Disney California Adventure. Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort

    It appears to be a nostalgic wooden roller coaster, but underneath it's a modern steel coaster designed to elicit screams. You'll experience a 108-foot drop and a 360-degree loop. One of the most fun things about it is the takeoff. Instead of cranking the cars up to the top of a hill, they're accelerated from the start.

    What You Need to Know about California Screamin'

    • Location: Paradise Pier
    • Rating: ★★★★★
    • Restrictions: 48 in (122 cm)
    • Ride Time: 4 minutes
    • Recommended for:  Anyone who likes roller coasters and meets the height restrictions
    • Fun Factor: Moderate to high
    • Wait Factor: High. Use a Fastpass to shorten your time in line, or try getting in line during the parades or evening shows. Child Swap is available. The ride has a Single Rider option that may help you get on faster. Cast Members use single riders to fill in otherwise empty seats. If you're willing to split up from the rest of your group while riding, it can shorten your wait time significantly.
    • Fear...MORE Factor: Medium
    • Herky-Jerky Factor: High. It's not for anyone with neck or back trouble, heart problems or expectant mothers.
    • Nausea Factor: Medium to high. The ride is smooth, and there's not a lot of side to side movement
    • Seating: 6 cars per train. Ride vehicles have two rows with two seats each, making a total of 24 seats per car. Each rider has a safety restraint that lowers from above. You step down to get in.
    • Accessibility: You'll have to transfer from your wheelchair or ECV to the ride vehicle by yourself or with help from your traveling companions. Enter with everyone else, then go to the elevator and ask a cast member how to board. Service animals are not allowed. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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    How to Have More Fun on California Screamin'

    California Screamin' from Paradise Pier
    ••• California Screamin' from Paradise Pier. ©Betsy Malloy Photography
    • This fast-paced, twisting, turning ride turns you upside down as you cross Mickey Mouse's face.
    • Put away your glasses and hat before you ride, or you may lose them. And don't end up being that embarrassed person whose bag falls out of the car and forces an automatic shutoff. That actually happened in August 2016, and riders ended up stranded for about 45 minutes as a result.
    • To get more fun out of the loop, don't close your eyes, Instead, look out over Paradise Pier and watch the horizon spin. It's almost as dizzy-making as the goat trick on Big Thunder Mountain.
    • You can get an idea of what the ride is like by watching this point of view video, but it can't show how the g-forces are part of the excitement.
    • Just keep smiling. The ride photo is taken near the end.
    • California Screamin' is fun to ride at night. More California Adventure rides that are best at night.
    • Like most rides at Paradise Pier, California Screamin' closes early on days when there's a World of...MORE Color show. Check the daily schedule to be sure you don't wait too long and miss out.

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    Fun Facts About California Screamin'

    View from California Screamin'
    ••• View from California Screamin'. Brett Kiger/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    When it was built, California Screamin's 6,072-foot-long track was the world's fourth longest. At the start of the ride, accelerators catapult cars from 0 to 55 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. 

    It looks like a wooden rollercoaster, but that's just an illusion. It's actually a steel-railed roller coaster. In 2010, Neil Patrick Harris became the voice of Screamin' with a script that sounds like a carnival barker.

    When it first opened, the rollercoaster had a golden Mickey Mouse silhouette on its support structure. In 2009, Imagineers replaced that with a simple circle with a sun painted inside and moved the Mickey silhouette to Mickey's Fun Wheel, which seems like a good place for it.

    California Screamin' is the ride where someone pulled out a selfie stick mid-ride in 2016, forcing the safety systems to shut down and spawning a park-wide ban on the photo-taking devices.

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