California Adventure Coaster California Screamin' Leaves Two Dozen Stranded

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California Adventure's California Screamin'
It looks like California Adventure's roller coaster California Screamin' was upset that it didn't make my OC's Top Five Most Dangerous Theme Park Rides list last week, and it left two dozen passengers stranded to protest its omission.

That, or a backpack fell onto the track.

Either way, learn more about Disneyland's newest ride mishap after the jump.

According to City News Service (via San Clemente's Patch), at approximately 6:30 p.m. last Friday, while one of the California Screamin' trains made its way around the top of the coaster's loop, a passenger's backpack fell out of their car and down onto the track below. The coaster has an anti-derailment safety feature that immediately brings the trains to a halt when any foreign object touches the track. The feature kicked in, leaving the train stranded approximately 20 feet off the ground at the bottom of the loop.

A team of 22 Anaheim firefighters secured the train to the tracks, then used ladders to remove the ride's 23 passengers. Anaheim Fire Marshal Jeff Lutz told City News Service that the entire procedure took around 25 minutes.

Man, there are a lot of numbers in their twenties in this article!

Anyway, the most interesting thing I learned while reading up on California Screamin' for this article is that it is the second-longest roller coaster track in all of the United States, second only to Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It's also the sixth-longest track in the entire world! Screamin's track is nearly 1 1/8 miles long; for a ride that's over in two minutes and thirty-four seconds, it sure doesn't feel like it's all that long.

California Screamin' has a pretty clean incident history, save for a 2005 brake malfunction that caused one train to rear-end another as they were pulling into the loading station. Of the 48 passengers on board, 15 were taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

And all were given free Mickey Mouse ears. Or at least I hope they were.


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8 comments
No idea
No idea

Shady I don't think I will ever read a blog or so called journalism that you ever put your name on.

You say - u can't expect to know the inner workings of a rollercoaster - well don't write about it then. That's all you are doing is writing. You are in no way a journalist - journalists research facts - not any garbage that flows out of their mouth as they force feed themselves another del taco dinner.

RockyRoad
RockyRoad

This article is flawed with errors.  California Screamin' is the 4th longest coaster in the US if you include all roller coasters.  It's the 2nd longest steel coaster.  Furthermore, there is no such thing as an anti-derailment system and the train was brought to a stop by gravity and the tangled backpack, nothing else.  The train collided with the backpack and lost the necessary momentum to make it up the following hill.  Instead the train experienced a "rollback", where it stops, reverses direction and rolls backwards into the low point between the loop and the hill.  It then rocked back and forth for awhile until coming to a complete stop thanks to gravity.  Since the train stopped in a spot where it normally would not, the riders had to be rescued using ladders.  No big deal.

No Ears Disney
No Ears Disney

Disney does not hand out anything free when you are hurt on their rides. My friend was hurt badly and they didn't even cover the doctors or take any of the blame. If they give you something they are taking blame.

Shady
Shady

Dear person who doesn't have the guts to post under their real name and instead decides to hide behind "No idea,"

Good riddance.

Sincerely,

Shady

PS: I bet you WILL read more of my posts... only because you hate me so.

Shady
Shady

No way! Wow! That's funny because... zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

What was that? Sorry, but your correction (which was nearly as long as the article itself) bored me into a coma.

RockyRoad
RockyRoad

If you're getting paid to write for the OC Weekly then they should fire you.  You're reply is rude.  You should get your facts straight before you write or else you look like an idiot.  Sorry to call out the obvious.

Guest
Guest

What a little drama queen.

Not everyone's gonna agree with you, get over it!

Shady
Shady

Not everyone subscribes to "Roller Coaster Facts Monthly."

The facts that were in the article were reported the same by everyone, everywhere. The info came from a news wire service, which puts out basic information about an event so a news article can then be built from it. If you have an issue with any of the facts you should take it up with them.

Of course, I wouldn't expect you to know that because you are a commenter, not a journalist. Just as I would expect someone wouldn't assume that I would know the detailed inner workings of a roller coaster's braking system.

It's okay to let some things slide, you know? Take a breather! Sit back and enjoy a drink!

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