Silly Symphony Swings Paradise Gardens Park Disney California Adventure
On Silly Symphony Swings riders sit in swing chairs which are lifted in the air and whirl around and around and up and down. It feels like flying!
The Queue for Silly Symphony Swings is outdoors, though most of the queue is covered and shaded. Guests will climb a flight of steps up to the boarding area, though an elevator is available for anyone who needs it.
Riders sit in swing chairs – there are 32 single chairs and 8 tandem chairs. Tandem chairs are intended for kids and an adult companion – the smaller yellow chair may only be used by riders less than 48″ tall. Adult riders who are by themselves may sit in the red chair of a tandem chair. To enter the swing chair, lift the horizontal silver bar, sit in the chair, and then lower the bar. Secure the bar by attaching the clip that is on the end of the black strap.
Silly Symphony Swings is inspired by the 1935 Mickey Mouse cartoon “The Band Concert”, in which Band Leader Mickey attempts to conduct an orchestra in the middle of a tornado. On this 90-second ride, the William Tell Overture starts to play as riders are lifted off the ground, and then the ride starts to spin around as everyone is caught in the tornado. The tornado is visible in the artwork on the central column. The ride spins faster as it rises higher, the central tower goes up and down and the roof canopy tilts so the swings rise up and down as they whirl around. Though the swing chairs appear to be close together, once the ride begins centrifugal force takes over and there is no danger of colliding with another chair. At the end of the ride riders are lowered gently to the ground.
This ride is not recommended for those who are afraid of heights or prone to motion sickness. Because of the spinning, many people experience mild disorientation at the end.
Riders are not allowed to carry backpacks or bags on the ride – these items may be stowed during the ride in baskets that are provided for this purpose. Those wearing flip-flops or slide-on shoes may also be required to stow them.
Twisting in the chair or holding hands with someone in another chair is not allowed.
Those with wide hips or large stomachs may not fit in the chairs.
Guests in wheelchairs/ECVs should take the elevator up to the boarding area, then must be able to transfer into a swing.
Under the platform of Silly Symphony Swings a wooden deck goes all around the base – this provides a nice shady spot to relax for a while. There are a few benches to sit on, as well as some ceiling fans to circulate the air. The World of Color show can be viewed from there – the fountains are visible, but not the projection screens.
Restrooms are located next to Paradise Garden Grill.
Children 40-48″ tall must ride in a tandem swing with an adult. All children should be accompanied by an adult.
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff – Candy, caramel apples, frozen slushes, salt water taffy, plush, and apparel.
Silly Symphony Swings opened on June 11, 2010. It replaced another “swing” attraction in the same location, The Orange Stinger.
Band Leader Mickey (or Mouse-tro Mickey) stands on top of the canopy. Mickey wears a very colorful band uniform – The Band Concert was the first color Mickey Mouse cartoon.
Around the top of the canopy are painted panels (called cartouches) which depict scenes from “The Band Concert”.
Walt Disney Imagineering compared the design of the attraction to “an antique tin toy coming to life.”
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