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PARADISE PIER - California Screamin', a looping steel roller coaster disguised as a white wooden coaster, is the big ride in this area, patterned after the amusement parks that populated California's beach communities early this century. The coaster is powered by a linear induction catapult launching system and has a 107-foot drop. It's a three-minute ride with a 360-degree loop in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head.
"You go from zero to 55 mph in just about four seconds in a catapult-like launch," Braverman said. The coaster will be the fastest ride at either Anaheim Disney theme park.
The Sun Wheel, a 156-foot Ferris wheel adorned with the park's sun emblem is the visual centerpiece of this area. Half the carriages on the ride slide to the center of the wheel in an unusual twist on the standard ride.
Other rides here include:
Orange Stinger: a swing ride inside an orange peel. Forty-eight passengers can sit in the bumblebee swings, which make the noise of a buzzing bee.
Golden Zephyr: A carnival ride that spins 360 degrees.
King Triton's Carousel: A merry-go-round that instead of horses has 68 ocean creatures, such as otters and dolphins.
Mulholland Madness: A small coaster themed like a crazy drive on a Southern California freeway.
Space Shot: The "up" version of the Knott's ride that shoots down. Disney is still considering whether to buy the ride and dress it up as a giant "High Strike" — that's the carnival muscle game with a hammer and a bell. Braverman said Disney is reviewing engineering and design issues before it decides. If Disney doesn't go for the Space Shot it will put another "high-thrill ride" in its place, he said.
[Also, a parade route is planned that meanders from this pier area up to the hub, it will help connect the park.]
Theme: Seaside carnival
Rides & Attractions: California Screamin' [coaster] / Golden Zephyr [spinner] / Jumpin Jellyfish [parachute drop] / King Triton's Carousel / Mailboomer [space shot] / Mulholland Madness [mad mouse] / Orange Stinger [spinner] / Sun Wheel [ferris wheel] / S.S. Rustworthy [fireboat children's play area]
Midway games: Angels in the Outfield / Boardwalk Bowl / Cowhuenga Pass / Dolphin Derby / Hew Haul Fishery / Reboundo Beach / San Joaquin Volley / Shore Shot
Shows & Parade: Street entertainment, Parade route runs all the way up to the hub area
Shops: Dinosaur Jack's Sunglass Shack / Man Hat 'n' Beach / Point Magu Tattoo / Sideshow Shirts / Souvenir 66 / Treasures in Paradise
Restaurants: Avalon Cove [Wolfgang Puck] / Burger Invasion [McDonalds] / Catch a Flave / Corn Dog Castle / Cove Bar / Malibu-Ritos / Pizza Oom Mow Mow / Strips, Dips 'n' Chips
MAJOR PORTIONS OF THIS PAGE FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:
October 14, 1998
The article quoted on this page, along with the map graphic is copyright © 1998 by The Orange County Register.
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