Disney California Adventure to remove Maliboomer tower from skyline

A towering symbol of the mammoth and myriad missteps made when Disney California Adventure opened nearly a decade ago will soon be erased forever from the skyline above the Anaheim theme park.

The 180-foot-tall Maliboomer drop tower, an off-the-shelf thrill ride that embodied the on-the-cheap aesthetic and bad California puns that marked DCA’s debut, will mercifully launch its last rider skyward on Sept. 6.

Disney officials acknowledged that the S&S Power Space Shot ride lacked the theming and back story necessary to blend with the 1920s and ’30s seaside amusement park motif and Victorian and Craftsman architecture of the re-imagined Paradise Pier area.

The ride’s removal begs the question: What will replace Maliboomer?

So far, the Mouse has remained mum on plans for the area inside the helix at the western end of the California Screamin’ roller coaster.

Disney’s early concepts for the $1-billion DCA makeover called for a “Toy Story”-inspired Green Army Men parachute drop ride to take Maliboomer’s place — either by converting Maliboomer into a camouflaged paratrooper attraction or relocating and re-theming the nearby Jumpin’ Jellyfish ride. A similar Toy Soldier Parachute Drop ride will open soon in Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris.

As with all things Disney, initial ideas tend to evolve and fluctuate with time.

Current plans call for the Maliboomer location to be turned into a small park with shade trees, benches and a character meet-and-greet area, according to MiceAge columnist Al Lutz.

Long-term plans, still in the embryonic stages, call for a D- or E-Ticket ride to one day occupy Maliboomer’s space, according to Blue Sky Disney, with a second attraction envisioned for the coaster’s unoccupied eastern helix.


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