I love roller coasters and I’m grateful that Disney California Adventure has one. But it’s not just any roller coaster. It’s California Screamin’. It features so many wonderful elements I often wonder why the line isn’t longer than it is. As you make your way through the queue, the anticipation builds. Trains keep leaving the station, returning and leaving once more until, finally, it’s your turn. You step down into the car and pull the shoulder restraints over you. They click into place to assure you of your safety, but just to double check a ride attendant gives it a good pull. Then comes the “go ahead”. You leave the station only to stop again over the water. A somewhat antagonistic voice comes over a set of loud speakers instructing, “Get ready screamers!” and in an instant, the massive train you’re in is launched without hesitation. It’s a marvel and I love the anticipation. It’s awesome to think that we live in a world where brilliant people can apply their intelligence to facilitate an amusement that brings satisfaction to the brave and daring. Are you ready?
About Matt Hansen
Designer, photographer, and wilderness lover.