California Screamin’

February 2001 – present

LOCATION

Paradise Pier – cross the bridge to the right of Pacific Wharf, and follow the main path along the bay. You will see the entrance to California Screamin’ on your left, just before the King Triton Carousel.

BACKGROUND

When Imagineers were planning the boardwalk, a roller coaster was a must. And in true Pacific boardwalk style, California Screamin’ looks and feels just like an old school wooden coaster, with extra speed and style.

California Screamin’ has two distinctions that separate it from the rest of the coasters at the Disneyland Resort. Most noticeably, the coaster has a complete inversion, with its big loop visible from everywhere in Paradise Pier. And second, Screamin’ is the fastest ride in the park, launching guests at 55 miles per hour in just four seconds. It’s an incredible unique roller coaster, and is by far one of the most popular rides in California Adventure.

EXPERIENCE

Details:

  • Single Rider Line – yes
  • Fast Pass – yes
  • Height Requirement – 48″ (122 cm)
  • Ride Duration – 2:40

As soon as you board California Screamin’, you are in for an adventure. The cars zip around the corner and into the bay. In a matter of seconds, the countdown begins, and before you know it you’re shooting into the sky at top speed! For two and a half minutes, California Screamin’ thrills riders with three major drops, one inversion, and several sharp turns and dips. At the final turn, a camera snaps a photo, and guests offload with hearts pumping and throats sore from screaming.

MY RATING: ★★★★★

I have always been wary of roller coasters, and with its giant loop and three big drops, California Screamin’ was a no-go for me from the start. But on one visit to the park, my friends peer pressured me into a ride, and I was immediately obsessed! Calfornia Screamin’ is FANTASTIC, and it’s not at all as scary as it looks. The super fast launch is honestly easier than a slow buildup…you get going and don’t have time to question whether or not you can do it. While I still don’t care for the loop, I just close my eyes until the upside-down part is over, and I’ve never had much of a problem. If you’re like me, and on the fence about trying California Screamin’, give it a chance. I felt like I had unlocked an extra level of magic when I finally went on!

VISITING TIPS

Generally speaking, California Screamin’ never has a long wait, mostly because the ride loads very quickly. If the park is really crowded when you visit, grab a fast pass or split up your group and join the single rider line. I went to Disneyland the weekend before Christmas, one of the most crowded times of the year, and waited about 40-45 minutes to ride in the general line, which was much shorter than the waits for the other coasters.

If crowds are minimal or moderate, jump in line whenever it fits into your touring plan. Paradise Pier (with the exception of Toy Story Midway Mania) is generally never jammed with visitors, so this area is very flexible in terms of planning your trip.

Pro tip: California Screamin’ is even better in the dark.

TRIVIA

Does the welcome/countdown voice sound familiar? It’s Neil Patrick Harris!

California Screamin’ is the 8th longest roller coaster in the world, and the 4th longest in the US.

The highest point of the coaster is the second hill, which peaks at 120 feet. The subsequent drop from this point is a whopping 108 feet!

Though the structure and design resembles the classic wooden coasters of most California boardwalks, Screamin’ is a steel roller coaster.

In 2007, California Screamin’ temporarily changed to “Rockin’ California Screamin’”, and during the ride each car played a remix of “Around the World” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

California Adventure is in a residential zone of Anaheim, so Imagineers have to abide by noise restriction guidelines. The blue tubes atop the big drops of the coaster prevent screams from disturbing nearby residents.

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