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Disney has confirmed that the Maliboomer attraction will be closed at Disney California Adventure on September 6, ahead of its permanent removal.

Maliboomer is being dismantled as part of a major overhaul of the Paradise Pier area of the park, which has already seen the expensive addition of the World of Color nighttime spectacular. Disney has not yet confirmed whether it plans to directly replace the ride, although Ariel's Undersea Adventure (based on the classic The Little Mermaid movie) will open nearby in 2011.

The removal of Maliboomer has long been expected, although it was originally planned to be remodelled as part of the the program to update Paradise Pier. The ride is an S&S Power Space Shot attraction, which launches guests up a 180-feet vertical tower at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.

Disney faced severe criticism following the opening of Disney California Adventure in 2001 for installing a large number of lightly-themed "off-the-shelf" rides which are found in many other parks. Maliboomer has often been held up as a typical example of this, and was always a likely candidate to be removed as Disney seeks to improve the image of California Adventure.

The company is investing $1.1 billion into updating the park, which will see a number of attraction upgrades and additions over the next 2 years. This includes the recently-opened World of Color, plus a whole new land - Cars Land - featuring the $200 million Radiator Springs Racers attraction.

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