Silly Symphony Swings

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Silly Symphony Swings
Silly Symphony Swings.jpg
View of the attraction as seen from Paradise Park
Disney California Adventure
Area Paradise Pier
Status Operating
Soft opening date May 28, 2010 (2010-05-28)
Opening date June 11, 2010 (2010-06-11)
Replaced Orange Stinger
General statistics
Attraction type Wave Swinger
Manufacturer Zierer
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Music William Tell Overture
Height 40 ft (12 m)
Vehicle type Chairs
Vehicles 48
Riders per vehicle 1
Duration 1:30
Height restriction 40 in (102 cm)
Single rider line available
Orange Stinger
Orange Stinger.jpg
The Orange Stinger reflected in Paradise Bay
Disney California Adventure
Area Paradise Pier
Status Removed
Opening date February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08)
Closing date July 14, 2009 (2009-07-14)
Replaced by Silly Symphony Swings
General statistics
Attraction type Wave Swinger
Manufacturer Zierer
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Music William Tell Overture
Height 40 ft (12 m)
Vehicle type Chairs
Vehicles 48
Riders per vehicle 1
Duration 1:30
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Single rider line available

Silly Symphony Swings a "wave swinger" attraction in Paradise Pier, at Disney California Adventure, at the Disneyland Resort in California. Themed to Disney's 1935 short film The Band Concert[1] conductor Mickey Mouse conducts the attraction from high atop, synchronized with the music. Although The Band Concert was not part of the Silly Symphonies film series,[2] the name was applied to the attraction due to its apparent symphony storyline. Closely following the plot of The Band Concert the main column of the ride rises revealing a tornado which spins the riders to the tune of the William Tell Overture and William Tell's "Storm". Once the tornado safely passes, the music comes to an end and the ride slows and lowers riders to the ground. It is speculated that the new voice of the Silly Symphony Swings is that of the fictitious Mr. Tinkershmidt, the supposed new owner of Paradise Pier. Tinkershmidt and the Silly Symphony Swings update is part of the multi-year, $1.1 billion (US) expansion plan for Disney's California Adventure Park.[3] Previews of the attraction were offered at California Adventure's Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar.

The attraction was originally slated to replace the Orange Stinger on May 28, 2010. Although the attraction soft opened on May 28, 2010, it had an Official Grand Opening on June 11, 2010.[4]

Previous attraction history[edit]

The Orange Stinger, the predecessor of Silly Symphony Swings, is a Zierer Wave Swinger enclosed in a large orange and themed as bees. Riders swung on suspended seats inside the enclosure which offered views of nearby Paradise Pier and Paradise Bay through large openings in the walls. These openings were made to look like peeled sections of an orange peel. The original bumblebee seats were removed on February 10, 2001 due to damage during use. After removal, the seats were unthemed swing seats. Initially an orange scent effect was introduced into the attraction giving it the smell of a "real" orange, but was later removed because it attracted real bees.

The giant orange was a tribute to the orange fields that Disneyland was built on, as well as Orange County, where the Disneyland Resort is located.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Silly Symphony Swings". Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Disney animated shorts". Index - B. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Disney's California Adventure". Paradise Pier. Go.com. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Silly Symphony Swings Grand Opening". Forum. MouseInfo.com. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 

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Coordinates: 33°48′20.34″N 117°55′21.55″W / 33.8056500°N 117.9226528°W / 33.8056500; -117.9226528