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California Screamin'

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 48 inches

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This steel coaster (built to look wooden) offers up a 0-55 launch in four seconds, a 107-foot drop and a vertical loop around a Mickey Mouse logo. You'll also hear "surf guitar" music through an on-board soundtrack, a la "Space Mountain."

This coaster currently has a maximum of 5 cars running at one time.

An on-ride camera lets guests take home a picture of their screaming on the ride.

For a limited time in January 2007, to help increase attendance, the audio track for California Screamin' was temporarily replaced with a remix of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Around the World," and the attraction was renamed Rockin' California Screamin'. This was promoted with Rockin' Space Mountain, a similar change made to Space Mountain in Disneyland. These changes were part of the "Rockin' Both Parks" campaign.

Reviews

I really liked this, it felt like those old classic coasters on the boardwalk.
It is quite honestly just a roller coaster presented as an old pier wooden coaster. However, it is a really fun coaster. The ride has a great length and a great soundtrack that makes it quite a bit more exciting. It really isn't very intense; it's mainly just good fun. 7/10
Great coaster with a nice launch and an intense loop (my first inversion). However, the theming is really weak. It's basically a steel coaster themed to a wood coaster. Lame.
It it a top notch coaster. No. But it is a kick in the pants and a nice addition to the parks.
Screamin' is presented as an antiquated wooden coaster, but is in fact a modern steel looper with a 0–55mph launch, some nice drops, a single elliptical loop, several camelbacks toward the end of the course, and a nice 2.5 minute ride length. Screamin' doesn't set any thrill records, but it is a fun ride and something the whole family should be able to experience together. I will note that the cast members here are very efficient at filling each available row and seat, but you can request the front row if you so desire. Just be prepared to wait a few extra minutes for that choice location. I did wait for the front once, and while it provided a great view of the proceedings, pretty much any seat offers a fun ride.
This coaster is a whole lot of fun but I don't think it deserves a 9/10. I could probably think of at least 25 coasters I've been on that were better than California Screamin'. The ride is pretty long which is great and also has a launch. But the lack of theme is disappointing for me. There isn't much to the ride except for the launch. 7/10


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