Silly Symphony Swings gets its name from Walt Disney's "Silly Symphonies," a series of 75 short films he produced between 1929 and 1939 and the film named "The Band Concert." In fact, you'll find Mickey Mouse, the band conductor on top.
It's a simple swing-style ride similar to Golden Zephyr except for the ride vehicles, which are two-person seats. Before it starts spinning, it rides above Paradise Bay, enhancing the fright factor slightly.
The story is a typical Mickey Mouse fantasy spun out of control. While Mickey is conducting the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini, a tornado takes over and spins the audience (aka the riders) through the storm. Look up, and you'll see scenes from the tornado above you.
Silly Symphony Swings is very similar to the Golden Zephyr and so close to it that even the views aren't much different. Some people like it better because you're less closed in and don't get squashed against the side of the ride vehicle. For most people, riding one of these two rides will be enough.
What You Need to Know about Silly Symphony Swings
- Location: Pixar Pier
- Rating: ★★
- Restrictions: 48 in (122 cm) to ride alone. Anyone between 40 and 48 inches must ride in a double swing with a responsible person.
- Ride Time: 2 minutes
- Recommended for: Anyone who meets the height restrictions.
- Fun Factor: Moderate to boring.
- Wait Factor: Medium to short. At the busiest times, it averages about 10 minutes
- Fear Factor: Low, unless you are extremely afraid of heights or prone to getting dizzy.
- Herky-Jerky Factor: Low
- Nausea Factor: Low, unless you get dizzy easily.
- Seating: The swing vehicles seat one person each and everyone has their own seatbelt. You walk up and sit down.
- 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 to the right of the regular line, take the elevator to the second level. Service animals are not allowed. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
How to Have More Fun on Silly Symphony Swings
- The Silly Symphony is fun to ride at night. More California Adventure rides that are best at night.
- If you're the one walking below this ride, you don't want anything dropping on you from above. Because of that, you can't take backpacks or bags onto the ride but can stow them in baskets that are provided for that purpose. If you're wearing flip-flops, the Cast Member may also ask you to remove them.
- Guests must be able to lower the lap bar all the way to ride.
- Like most rides at Paradise Pier, this one closes early on days when there's a World of Color show. Check the daily schedule to be sure you don't wait too long and miss out.
- Everyone rides in an individual seat, so be sure you can trust your kids to behave before you let them go on it.
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Fun Facts About Silly Symphony Swings
The ride was inspired by the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. The film called "The Band Concert" isn't technically one of the Silly Symphonies, but it's so similar that most people think of it as one.
Some people speculate that the voice of the Silly Symphony Swings is the fictitious Mr. Tinkershmidt, the new owner of Paradise Pier.
This classic swing ride was originally called the Orange Zinger. It looked like a gigantic half-peeled California orange filled with bumblebees, which were the ride vehicles.
During the 2010 renovation, Imagineers toyed with a Pinocchio theme, where marionette strings would attach to the swings, and Geppetto would control the riders. In the end, they peeled the orange to give riders better views and changed the theming but kept the same theme music.