Walt Disney had imagined this attraction for Disneyland nearly 60 years ago. At the time it represented a symbolic technological evolution for our tourist destination. But don’t be fooled! In spite of its familiar aspect, reinforced by its presence at Fantasyland, Casey Jr. is a true roller coaster with hair-pin turns and accelerations our younger, courageous guests fancy in particular.
The attraction, inaugurated on 26 March 1994 in Disneyland Paris*, is inspired from its older brother from California that Walt Disney himself opened in 1955. Our local version has a brand new design that allows it to roll much faster than the older brother.
It is also the first roller coaster with its own synchronised sound system. Our teams ran it as a life-size test before launching Space Mountain – From the Earth to the Moon a year later. Throughout its itinerary guests can hear the theme of the little circus taken from the animation movie Dumbo. Movie enthusiasts will surely have noticed that Casey Jr is indeed inspired from Disney movies such as Dumbo and The reluctant dragon. This is as a matter of fact the perfect example of a simple looking, family attraction, in which technical innovation – invisible to the guests – allows Disneyland Paris to further plunge them into the heart of their favourite stories.
*The same day, Le Pays des Contes de Fée also opened at Storybook Land. The attraction complements Casey Jr as the two share certain decorative elements, and is a tribute to literature and international folklore represented by a wonderful, miniature-sized world.