Incredicoaster Improves Upon Disneyland Resort’s Best Coaster

At the end of June, Incredicoaster debuted at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure theme park. Walt Disney Imagineers “re-imagined” the California Screamin’ roller coaster that opened with the park in 2001. The track layout, drop, and loop may be the same, but the characters and story elements from Disney•Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES make Incredicoaster an even better ride.  While there used to be little to no wait for California Screamin’, the Incredicoaster will have long lines throughout the summer.  Continue reading for more thoughts and details about the fast attraction at the Disneyland Resort – Incredicoaster.

Pixar Pier Incredicoaster

Walt Disney Imagineering’s Tracey Noce, Creative Director for the Incredicoaster, said,

“We already had a fantastic coaster that everyone knows and loves, and now it has a really fun and compelling story tied to the Incredibles! Trying to tell a story on a high-speed coaster can be difficult, so we had to get creative with storytelling that can be read really quickly.”

Pixar Pier Incredicoaster

THE INCREDIBLES have been added throughout Incredicoaster from the mid-century modern loading station that resembles their house from INCREDIBLES 2, to members of the Incredibles family throughout the ride.  When Jack-Jack vanishes from Edna’s care, the family races into action to save the day. 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Dash sprints into action to catch Jack-Jack kicking up water as we race alongside.  Zooooommmm – into the first tunnel, watch out for Jack-Jack’s laser beam eyes.

Pixar Pier Incredicoaster

Mrs. Incredible takes over in the second tunnel stretching herself flat against the walls in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack.  My favorite effect comes next, we’re surrounded by the smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and drop to see Mr. Incredible punching through the side of the tube holding said cookie to lure Jack-Jack to safety. In Tunnel 3, Jack-Jack sets himself on fire while Violet protects us all with her purple force field. Over a series of airtime hills and round-and-round a helix, we return to the Parr’s mid-century modern abode where the largest show figure of the ride is revealed.

Pixar Pier Incredicoaster

Pixar Pier Incredicoaster, photo by Joshua Sudock courtesy Disneyland Resort

Music from Academy-Award winning composer of THE INCREDIBLES and INCREDIBLES 2 Michael Giacchino adds to the ride experience of the Incredicoaster. Giacchino said,

“The really fun thing about doing an adaption from a film to a park attraction is that I get to take bits and pieces of the score and figure out where are they going to work – the turns, the loop de loops – it’s like getting to score an extra scene in the movie. ‘The Incredibles’ films have so many action moments in them, so this is like a bonus scene to me. The most fun thing is tying the music to the action, and I feel really lucky to get to do this because I have such a love for Disneyland and this attraction!

Giacchino continued, “Having music like this on the Incredicoaster is going to give the attraction an identity and personality that it hasn’t had before. When people are riding it, they’re going to have an emotional connection with it and feel like they’re actually in the movie.”

Oh and that smell of fresh-baked cookies? Of course Disney wouldn’t miss a chance to offer freshly baked cookies at the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums stand right after you exit the attraction.  “It’s called synergy… dahlin’!”

Pixar Pier Incredicoaster

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.