Ready to catapult 0 to 55 mph in 4.7 seconds (and scream your head off)? During this secret history of California Screamin', we'll hurtle through the famous "scream tube" and discover everything scream-tastic about this Disney California Adventure coaster. Buckle up and hold on tight—it's going to be a speedy ride!
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The Secret History of California Screamin'
Originally, California Screamin' was going to be a coaster inside a proposed theme park in Virginia called Disney's America. Plans for this theme park fell through, though, and Disney's America was abandoned. Construction on Disney California Adventure began in 1998 to expand Disneyland Resort.
California Screamin' opened with Disney California Adventure Park on February, 8, 2001. The roller coaster was built to look like a classic wooden coaster. If you've ever ridden California Screamin', however, you know it's a smooth ride, unlike many wooden coasters! Disney California Adventure was poorly received when it first opened its doors and ended up going through an expansion and redesign in 2007. Many attractions were removed and others added, including Toy Story Midway Mania!, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure and more.
Some of the existing attractions also went through changes, including California Screamin'. When the coaster first opened, it featured an inversion loop inside a Mickey Mouse head. During the park's redesign, the head was transformed into a sun with the words Paradise Pier! California Screamin' is, of course, unique to Disney California Adventure Park—you won't find it anywhere else in the universe! Let's hop on over to some fun facts about the Disney coaster!
California Screamin' Fun Facts
- California Screamin' is the fastest ride in all of Disneyland Resort and one of the fastest in all the Disney Parks.
- When it first opened, the coaster was actually the fourth longest in all of the world!
- Not only is there a lot of track on this coaster, but also a lot of electrical wire! There are approximately 36 miles of electrical wire and 167 miles of individual conductors.
- That famous scream tube? It actually serves a purpose other than looking cool! Disney California Adventure is built in a residential zone and must follow specific noise restriction guidelines; Disney built the scream tubes on the coaster to contain some of the screaming!
- Does the name of the coaster sound familiar? It's a nod to The Mamas & the Papas' song "California Dreamin"!
- The monster track of California Screamin' is a whopping 6,072 feet long.
When was the first time you screamed your head off on California Screamin'? Let us know in the comments below! And don't forget to check out our California Screamin' wait times and more!