Disney’s California Screamin’ goes silent

As we bemoan the loss of California Screamin’, that iconic roller-coaster that became a West Coast icon the moment it opened in Disney California Adventure on Feb. 8, 2001, let’s twist and turn down memory lane, shall we?

First off, the attraction was both loved and, well, loved not so much, judging by comments from readers who weighed in on our Sunday story about the popular ride’s closure and eventual transition to a new ride called Incredicoaster.

“Disney has sold out and Walt is turning in his grave,” wrote Screamin’ fan Anne Palmer, throwing a dig at the company that built the thing in the first place. “The new Disney is all for the bottom line and will do anything to get it.”

But then . . .

“I always felt California Adventure was a good idea that was executed very badly as evidenced by the amount of complaints Disney got for charging the same price as Disneyland and getting half the value,” wrote “IndysDad.” “So much wasted space with that huge lagoon right in the middle of it, which I hope they fill in and utilize the area for its full potential. With Disney and Pixar creative minds together, the possibilities they create are going to be exciting to see when it’s finished. To infinity and beyond!”

Meanwhile, over on Twitter, the makeshift online flowers-and-cards memorial was already ten-feet high. Screamin’ aficionados were not taking the news well.

Can’t believe I’ll never ride California Screamin’ again pic.twitter.com/aKJLrbW31w

— Molly 🎀 (@spookytylerrj) January 7, 2018

It’s not surprising, really, how much emotion the demise of this ride was stirring up. Made of steel, but pretending to be old-school wooden, Screamin’ was part of the opening act when the California Adventure pulled aside the curtains in Anaheim back in a more gentler, pre-911 time. The …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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