Silly Symphony Swings
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of “The Band Concert” – the first Mickey Mouse cartoon in color – the Silly Symphony Swings recently opened at Disney California Adventure Park. This classic carnival attraction, re-imagined with a Disney touch, is now open for you to enjoy in the park’s Paradise Pier area.
The attraction features 32 single-seat swings, and eight pair of tandem seats for smaller riders and their responsible companion.
The attraction’s name pays homage to one of Walt Disney’s greatest creations – his “Silly Symphonies” series of cartoon shorts. Relying mostly on music to tell their tales, this series of cartoons was honored with multiple awards and introduced audiences to several beloved Disney characters, including Donald Duck. The Walt Disney Studios produced 75 “Silly Symphony” cartoons from 1929-1939. (Though technically, “The Band Concert” was not among these cartoons, it was associated with them because of its similar style.)
Standing atop the carousel canopy is a sculpture of Mickey Mouse – just as he appeared in “The Band Concert” – with a conductor’s baton in hand and clad in his crisp, fire-engine red bandleader’s uniform. Scenes from the cartoon short painted on the ride’s tower transform from still to storm as the central tower telescopes upward, revealing other classic Disney Characters.
A wooden deck surrounds Silly Symphony Swings, allowing non-riders to watch the fun or enjoy a restful and shady spot amidst the excitement of Paradise Pier.