Opening to the public in 2001, Disney California Adventure let guests experience an array of exciting new attractions themed to the history and culture of the state for which it was named.
However, the theming of California Adventure has shifted in recent years, which has caused Disney to revamp or demolish select attractions altogether. This has come with the company’s desire to fill the theme park with characters from popular Disney franchises.
With that said, we’re here to look at some of the rides, shows, and short films that formerly found a home at Disney California Adventure. Here are 10 attractions that no longer exist at Disney's California theme park.
10 Superstar Limo
This tacky dark ride is frequently considered one of the worst attractions Disney has ever opened. The story of the attraction had guests cruising through Los Angeles as Hollywood’s newest celebrity. As riders made their way around locations like Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip, and Malibu, cartoon versions of celebrities popped out to greet them.
The attraction had problems even before it had opened with the concept being changed last minute and a series of outdated celebrities populating the track. The ride ultimately closed less than a year after it had opened in January 2002.
9 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
This iconic tower drop ride had guests plummeting down a haunted old Hollywood hotel elevator shaft at speeds of up to 39 mph. Themed around The Twilight Zone anthology TV series, the runaway elevator contained multiple random drops as well as a creepy ride portion that led up to the final doom.
Though the attraction — which had been copied from Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida — was beloved, it closed down in 2017 and was re-themed as Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout!
Maliboomer was a Space Shot attraction located at Paradise Pier. The thrill ride had guests harnessed into a ring that was launched up a tower and high into the sky. Riders experienced up to 3.5 G’s as they rocketed at 40 mph.
The attraction opened in 2001 and was closed down in 2010, with the Disney California Adventure expansion leading it to be cut.
In 2019, the spinning Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind attraction was put in its place.
7 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It!
This game show attraction opened at Hollywood Studios on the East Coast and California Adventure on the West Coast in 2001. It had players competing in the popular Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? game show, only rather than competing for money, guests in the hot seat competed for points that could be exchanged for a baseball cap, embroidered shirt, or for 1,000,000 points, a Disney Cruise Line vacation for four.
The attraction closed down in 2004 but wasn’t replaced until 2012 with the now also closed attraction, Dancin’ With Disney.
6 Luigi’s Flying Tires
This bumper car ride was opened alongside Cars Land in 2012. It had guests riding on top of tire-shaped vehicles that floated on a cushion of air. This technology was borrowed from the classic Flying Saucers ride formerly located in Disneyland's Tomorrowland from 1961 to 1966.
Though the ride was fun, it was not practical and met its closure three years after its opening in 2015. Today, the trackless dancing car ride known as Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters remains in its place.
5 California Screamin’
This opening-day attraction had guests speeding up and down a giant steel coaster track at 55 mph. The thrill ride contained one vertical loop, passed by the water, and was decorated with a giant Mickey head.
Though the coaster was a park icon, it closed down in 2018 to be themed to fit Pixar's The Incredibles. It opened back up as a giant Jack-Jack chase around the same time the superhero sequel premiered.
4 Golden Dreams
Golden Dreams was a 22-minute short film that covered the history of California. It starred Whoopi Goldberg who played Califia, the fictional Queen of California. Califia covered all sorts of major events that impacted the state including the Gold Rush of 1849, the Great Depression, World War II, and the technology boom.
The movie opened when the park did in 2001 and had many visitors passing through, though as the theme of the park changed, so did this show.
Golden Dreams closed down in 2008. In 2011, it was replaced by The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure dark ride.
3 Orange Stinger
This wave swinger attraction saw guests’ suspended chairs swinging through the sky. This all happened inside of a giant orange, which offered guests glimpses of Paradise Pier and Paradise Bay through its peel-shaped openings.
When the attraction first opened, it featured bumblebee seats and was filled with an orange scent. However, both of these features were quickly removed with the latter of the two features being taken out for attracting real bees.
Today, the Silly Symphony Swings operate in the Orange Stinger’s place. Though these swings no longer nod to California, they do pay tribute to the 1935 Mickey Mouse short film, The Band Concert.
2 Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular
Aladdin received a Broadway-style stage show inside California Adventure in 2003. It had live actors and dancers retelling the story of the film by re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the original movie.
The show managed to stay relevant all the way through 2016 with the Genie’s lines frequently being revamped to have him make wise-cracks on current events, news, and trends. However, not even this could save the magical Aladdin production from closure in 2016. It has since been replaced by the musical, Frozen: Live at the Hyperion.
1 Muppet*Vision 3D
First appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1991 and later making its way to Disney California Adventure in 2001, this 4D attraction had the stars of a silly Muppet-led movie interacting with bubbles, smoke, projections, and Audio-Animatronics in the actual theater.
Though this show still operates on the East Coast, the California version closed in 2014. After briefly being the home of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, the theater now hosts the 4D film, Mickey’s Philharmagic.