Incredicoaster

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Incredicoaster
Ride Loading Area.jpg
Incredicoaster Entrance.jpg
The ride loading area and the entrance to the Incredicoaster at the Disney California Adventure Park (2018)
Previously known as California Screamin'
(2001-2018)
Disney California Adventure
Park sectionPixar Pier
Coordinates33°48′17″N 117°55′18″W / 33.804584°N 117.921780°W / 33.804584; -117.921780Coordinates: 33°48′17″N 117°55′18″W / 33.804584°N 117.921780°W / 33.804584; -117.921780
StatusOperating
Opening dateFebruary, 8, 2001 (as California Screamin) June, 23, 2018 as (Incredicoaster)
Closing dateJanuary, 8, 2018 (as California Screamin)
General statistics
TypeSteel – Launched
ManufacturerIntamin
DesignerIngenieur Büro Stengel GmbH
ModelLooping Coaster
Track layoutCustom
Lift/launch systemLIM
Height122 ft (37 m)
Drop108 ft (33 m)
Length6,072 ft (1,851 m)
Speed55 mph (89 km/h)
Inversions1 (Vertical loop)
Duration2:36
Acceleration0 to 55 mph (0 to 89 km/h) in 4 seconds
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Previous HostsDee Bradley Baker (2002-2010)
Neil Patrick Harris (2010-2018)
Huckleberry Milner (2018-)
MusicGary Hoey and George Wilkins (2001-2018)
Michael Giacchino (2018-)
Single rider line available
Incredicoaster at RCDB
Pictures of Incredicoaster at RCDB

Incredicoaster is a steel roller coaster located at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California. Manufactured by Intamin, the ride opened to the public as California Screamin' on February 8, 2001. It is the only roller coaster at the Disneyland Resort with an inversion, and it's the fastest at the park with a top speed of 55 miles per hour (89 km/h).

California Screamin' closed in early 2018 and reopened as Incredicoaster, inspired by the 2004 computer-animated film The Incredibles and its 2018 sequel Incredibles 2, on June 23, 2018. Its opening coincided with the debut of the newly-revamped Pixar Pier section of the park, where the roller coaster is located.[1]

History[edit]

California Screamin' was designed by Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmbH and was built by Intamin. It is the eighth-longest rollercoaster in the world (and third-longest steel coaster in the United States), at 6,072 feet (1,851 m) long. It took 5,800,000 pounds (2,600,000 kg) of steel to build the ride. It is also the longest ride with an inversion (since Son of Beast became defunct). When the loop for Son of Beast at Kings Island was removed in 2006, California Screamin' became the longest looping coaster in the world.

The coaster uses Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) to launch the train up the first hill as well as on the main lift midway through the ride.[2] These motors replaced the traditional lift hill chain. This coaster is one of Disney Parks fastest attractions, accelerating guests from zero to 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) in four seconds at the launch.[citation needed] The ride's launch system uses 5,000 horsepower (3.7 MW) linear induction motors.[2]

Like most other coasters in Disney Parks, California Screamin' played a soundtrack during the ride, created by Gary Hoey and George Wilkins.[3]

On January 3, 2007, the standard onboard audio track for California Screamin' was temporarily replaced with a remixed version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Around the World," and the attraction was renamed Rockin' California Screamin'. This was promoted alongside Rockin' Space Mountain, a similar change made to Space Mountain in Disneyland, though that ride's audio was changed to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover version of "Higher Ground". These changes were part of the "Rockin' Both Parks" campaign. The standard audio track was restored when the campaign ended.[4][5]

The original safety spiels were recorded by Dee Bradley Baker.[citation needed] On November 5, 2010, the attraction's original recorded safety spiels were updated with the voice of actor Neil Patrick Harris.[6] Harris also recorded audio for the launch, counting down for guests. There are 108 acoustic devices to play the "Synchronized On-Board Audio Track" (S.O.B.A.T.) onboard each train, including high-rangers in the headrests, mid-rangers near riders' ears, and subwoofers underneath each rider's seat.[citation needed]

After the refurbishment of Disney California Adventure, from 2007-2012, the Mickey Mouse head located behind the vertical loop was replaced with a large sun icon along with the name "Paradise Pier" above the sun.

Disney announced a complete renovation of Paradise Pier on November 2, 2017, into Pixar Pier. With it, would come the transformation of California Screamin' into Incredicoaster, which would be re-themed to and inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' The Incredibles.[1]

On January 8, 2018, the attraction officially closed and reopened to the public as Incredicoaster on June 23, 2018.

Preshow and ride[edit]

Guests enter as TV screens display footage of the Incredibles and Edna Mode being interviewed for the ride's rechristening as the Incredicoaster. While they are being interviewed, Jack-Jack begins using his unpredictable super powers much to his family's frustration and Edna's amusement. As the riders board the cars and take off from the station, Elastigirl asks Edna to look after Jack-Jack. The riders pass by the VIP room showing Edna with Jack-Jack as he teleports around. Moments later Edna announces that Jack-Jack has escaped. The Incredibles then take off throughout the ride trying to catch Jack-Jack as he uses his vast array of super powers to "attack" certain points on the ride. Dash tries to use his super speed to catch Jack-Jack in the first tunnel while Jack-Jack shoots lasers from his eyes. In the second tunnel, Elastigirl tries using her stretching powers to grab Jack-Jack while he is phasing in and out of the tunnel wall. Mr. Incredible has used his super strength to smash through the wall and is trying to catch Jack-Jack by offering him a cookie. Violet then tries to catch the mischievous little baby in the third tunnel, but Jack-Jack has set himself a blaze with his fire powers, forcing Violet to put an invisible force field around the tunnel to put out the flames and keep the riders safe. Things get worse when Jack-Jack begins using his ability to multiply and dozens of Jack-Jacks begin popping up everywhere. Eventually, Jack-Jack makes it back to the station safely. This time he has increased in size, but Edna manages to keep him calm by giving him a cookie.

Cast[edit]

Incidents[edit]

On July 29, 2005, 25 guests were injured when the purple train rear-ended the red train. Of the 48 guests aboard the two trains, 15 were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The accident occurred on the section of track about 30 feet (9.1 m) short of the loading station. A full ride stop was activated with the red train stopped. The brake segment that was supposed to have stopped the purple train failed, and the purple train continued until it collided with the stopped red train.[7] An investigation showed that a faulty brake valve, installed a few days earlier by Disney (not by the ride manufacturer Intamin), was the cause.[8]

On July 22, 2011, 23 people were rescued from California Screamin' by firefighters when a rider's backpack fell out of a train and landed on the track, causing the orange train to stop just after the loop but before the next block brake and make it continuously roll back and forth. It reopened two days later after the train was winched up the next hill, had its damaged wheels replaced and was allowed to complete the circuit.[9][10]

On May 2, 2016, the coaster was halted when a passenger used a selfie stick. The ride was evacuated after a 20-minute stop.[11]

On August 6, 2016, passengers on the ride were stranded for 45 minutes before being rescued when a fallen purse triggered an automatic stop.[12]

Attraction facts[edit]

  • Riders are secured by over-the-shoulder restraints.
  • Totaling 6,072 feet (1,851 m) of track, It is the third-longest steel roller coaster on the American continents.
  • It contains over 36 miles (58 km) of electrical wire, and 167 miles (269 km) of individual conductors.
  • There are 11,500,000 pounds (5,200,000 kg) of concrete in the foundations, and the deepest foundation is a pile of 48 feet (15 m).
  • Because Disney California Adventure is located adjacent to a residential zone and must adhere to certain noise restriction guidelines, special scream tubes were designed for Screamin to keep riders' screams directed back into the park. Those scream tubes now have the Incredibles characters in them.
  • The ride's previous name is a play on the 1965 song "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas.
  • When California Screamin' was reimagined to the Incredicoaster, Imagineers took inspiration from the mid century modern architectural features found throughout California to redesign the loading station.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Glover, Erin (November 2, 2017). "Pixar Pier to Bring New Incredicoaster and More to Disney California Adventure Park Summer 2018". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Taub, Eric A. (30 August 2001). "HOW IT WORKS; The Latest at the Theme Park: a Magnetic Attraction". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  3. ^ Disney's California Adventure by Various Artists on iTunes, 2001-01-01, retrieved 2018-06-25
  4. ^ Colothan, Scott (December 29, 2006). "Red Hot Chili Peppers To Soundtrack Disneyland Rides". Entertainmentwise. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Rockin' California Screamin' (YouTube). January 16, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Sawas, George (November 8, 2010). "Hey, That Sounds Like Neil Patrick Harris". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Himmelberg, Michelle (October 13, 2005). "Brakes cited in Disney crash". Orange County Register. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  8. ^ "Thrill ride lawsuits". The Courier Journal. November 29, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Firefighters rescue 23 after dropped bag brings Disneyland ride to a Screamin' halt". Herald Sun. July 23, 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  10. ^ California Screamin Accident 7/22/11 (YouTube). 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
  11. ^ Navarro, Heather (May 2, 2016). "California Screamin' Ride Stopped at Disney Park Over Selfie Stick". NBC 4 News. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  12. ^ Schwebeke, Scott (August 6, 2016). "15 passengers stuck on California Adventure roller coaster". Orange County Register. Retrieved 3 January 2018.

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