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California Screamin
Website: California Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.5802
TPC Overall Rank: #28 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 96
Last Review: 10/23/2015 12:52:00 AM
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California Screamin

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/13/2007 9:57:00 PM
This was a very good coaster and the best one Ive been on at a Disney park. I really liked how its supposed to look like a wooden coaster and the launch along the water was thrilling, but pretty weak when compared to others. There were quite a few big drops, but there was only a little floater air. However, the bunny hills did provid some decent air time. Also, the helixes were pretty good and the vertical loop was surprisingly powerful. It was also a very long ride and the music was a nice touch.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 12/8/2007 10:57:00 AM
Date Ridden: October of 2007. Times Ridden: 2 with one ride in the second to front and one ride in the second to back. Hmmmm......where to start. With 3 of my top 5 steelies, Intamin is among my favorite coaster designers. I could not believe the fact that Disney had combined forces with them to produce a thrill esperience at one of their most definitely family-oriented theme parks. However, they obviously did and the result is an outstanding ride. We hit Screamin first thing and got on with about a 10 minute wait, then grabbed a fast pass for later that day. The ride is a capacity machine like most Disney rides as the line virtually never stops moving as they load and unload you. One thing I really liked was the velcro pouches in front of you in the cars where you could put your stuff. That in itself saves time as people do not have to cross the ride to put up their stuff or give it to a ride op. I really dont understand why Cedar Fair and 6 Flags do not make use of that feature. The ride itself is smooth, fast and comfortable. The launch is just fast enough to be thrilling without being scary (TTD and XCelerator still make me nervous after about 10 rides apiece on each). The ride is extremely lengthy and the second time we rode the music blaring through the speakers was beginning to get on my nerves. I feel that Disney rides are simply experiences. I can ride Millenium Force or Appollos Chariot all day, but usually one ride on any highly themed Disney ride is enough since they focus so much on the experience and less on the intensity. They seem to lose a little after the initial ride. I love Screamin but if I never get another ride on it that will be ok. It is a great steel coaster with the feel of the appearance of the old woodies from the past. Its a superb design by Disney and well worth a trip just to ride it....once.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up praxis on 11/1/2007 8:26:00 PM
This is a weird piece of work. Its deliberately designed to look like a white-painted, classic woodie, but its steel. It features an accelerator launch along a flat straightaway and into the first hill, which is quite good. Not up there with the true monsters in this category, but plenty fun. Then its into the decent drops, some nicely banked turns, a few littler hills with decent airtime, and one perfectly vertical loop. And theres a soundtrack playing (sadly, no longer featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers). Its like they took components from a wide variety of coasters, then cut + pasted them together to make CS. Does it work? Yes. It certainly gives you variety, and lots of it, so that it adds up to a decently long, and rather fun ride. This is the coaster that decided to be jack of all trades, master of none, and theres something to be said for that.

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Golden on 9/22/2007 10:17:00 AM - User's Top Ride #2
California Screamin absolutely blew me away with its all-star combination of its thrilling drops, helixes, appearance, and masterful soundtrack. Now when I think of Disney parks I think of highly themed and one-of-a-kind attractions like Mission Space, Test Track, Expedition Everest, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, ect, not beasts like this. Im glad Disney went outside of the box and decided to add a unique and amazing thrill-ride that no park could certainly duplicate.

Paradise Pier. Ah, the memories of classic boardwalk amusement parks with the games, rides, and most importantly, the wooden coaster. Well, Disney got two and a half right as they erected this steel beast over a wooden one. However, I love how Disney went all out to make California Screamins appearance as close to a wooden coaster as possible. In fact my mom even thought it was a wooden coaster .

This certainly is a capacity machine as it has 6 trains! Even with all 6 trains running, California Screamin still garners a wait around an hour! Talk about a popular attraction. And it certainly isnt the operators fault as they are some of the fastest I have ever seen as they loaded and dispatched vehicles a little more than 30 seconds between each other.

At the time of my first ride, I still was just getting into roller coasters and thrill rides. The year before I had been on the Loch Ness Monster and the Big Bad Wolf at BGE. After getting in the back seat and restrained by a comfortable over-the-shoulder restraint, California Screamin began.

After a brief flat section of track, California Screamin completely stopped. Suspenseful music made my heart beat rapidly as I stared down upon the goliath of a first hill clenching on for dear life. Then came the countdown; 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Blaring music flew out of the sound-system and I was shot forwards by the amazingly powerful launch. Then came the first of many hills followed by one of the rides many breath-taking drops. I was ripped from my seat and was being pulled towards the heavens only to be stopped by the over-the-shoulder restraint. The following turnaround was just as fast and furious as the first hill as I was given some fairly strong Gs. Then came the rides very unqiue and LIM lift hill which at the time was very nerve-racking for me. It felt like I was being lifted up to the clouds and then the train finally crested over the hill, only to send me up and out of my seat again. That still is probably one of the top drops I have ever experienced on a coaster thanks to the steepness, length, and unbelievable air-time. Following that was another turnaround and then a quick brakerun. Right then and there came one of California Screamins most memorable elements, the insane vertical loop. It may not look like too much, but the Gs that the loop provided have not been matched by any other coaster in my opinion. Then there was another hill that didnt look like much, but then there was a very sudden and fairly long, curving plunge that gave a strong jolt of ejector air-time. Following that was a very intense helix that absolutely piled on the Gs. Next came a few air-time producing bunny-hills, followed by the rides stellar finale, another strong helix. Then California Screamin hit the brake run.

The aptly named California Screamin certainly lived up to its name and launched right to the top of my top 10 list at the time (it was passed by Superman @ SFNE earlier this year). What really sets it apart from other coasters is how excellently it blends elements from many different kinds of coasters; giant drops, helixes, bunny hills, an inversion, and the legendary launch. Disney worked their magic again and delivered a true thrill machine.<script src

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up taylorb251 on 6/10/2007 3:18:00 PM
I loved the launch and the first hill and the loop through Mickeys ears. But after that it was just another coaster to me. I would suggest on a busy day to try the single riders line, I did it and was riding in 5 mins. One other thing that I liked about the coaster is its a long ride.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Sfot_94 on 5/30/2007 12:31:00 AM
This is One of disneys best coaster. It Feels like a wooden without the bone rattling internal bleeding jerkyness. I love the lsms lanches on the lift and the launch. and the theamings great.
I give it a nine because i feel that disney could have made it more intence without losing the family appeal.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up chang on 5/22/2007 3:28:00 PM - User's Top Ride #10
An excellent ride. Sure there are plenty of coasters out there bigger, taller, faster, with more inversions. But you cant complain with a coaster this smooth and this fun. Its long, fast, and features some nice dips and sharp turns along with a couple of tunnels and of course the loop around Mickeys face. Its a fun one and cannot be missed if you check out the Disneyland/Cali Adventure Parks, probably the best ride on the Cali Adventure side. The theming is simple but perfect, set up (along with the rest of Paradise Pier) as like those old beachside California Amusement parks of old. Fun ride, check out a video I took of it here...

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ginzo on 2/25/2007 4:13:00 PM
California Screamin is the best Disney "roller coaster-type ride" in the US as far as the ride itself goes. This does not mean that it is the best US Disney roller coaster attraction, but it certainly delivers the most thrilling ride. Its not quite a hyper or rocket coaster, but its still very fun, especially at night. The launch, while not as intense as the other Intamin coaster just a few miles down the road, is a blast. I love how you are next to the water for the launch. The lay out is unique, featuring one loop with some pretty fun drops and airtime hills. The airtime bunny hills towards the end of the ride, unfortunately, arent particularly intense. Even in the back seat the train doesnt hit them with enough momentum to fling you skyward much, but this is to be expected with a Disney coaster. I found virtually no roughness on this Swiss creation after a good 15+ rides on it. California Screamin has a really unique look to it, which I happen to like. Its designed to resemble a woodie, even though its 100% steel. Although some dont like this, I think its a nice touch that complements and enhances the Paradise Pier theme. I did not care for the Red Hot Chili Peppers music overlay to the ride, but I think this is temporary. This gem is one more reason I look forward to my next trip to the Disneyland Resort, whenever that may be.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up chappelle on 7/29/2006 1:07:00 PM - User's Top Ride #9
For a disney ride i cant complain. It has a good ride time and isnt ussually to long of a ride. It is a good ride for beginner thrill seekers.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up wolvie12 on 6/22/2006 10:04:00 PM
very very fun coaster for sure. this a very smooth, fun, and reasonable rolercoaster.

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