The Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini

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The Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini
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Guests Riding the Barnstormer.
Magic Kingdom
Land Fantasyland
Attraction type Gentle Roller Coaster
Opening date October 1, 1996 (as The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm)
Closing date February 12, 2011
Ride duration 1:00 minutes
Maximum speed 25 mph (40.2 km/h)
Height requirements 35" (89 cm)
Reopened March 12, 2012
(as The Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini)
FastPass + Yes
Formally Known As The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm (1996-2011)

The Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini (often called simply the Barnstormer) is an attraction located in Fantasyland.

Attraction History

The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm

The history of what would eventually be known as The Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini began in 1988 with the creation of Mickey’s Birthdayland, a new temporary land in the Magic Kingdom. Within Mickey’s Birthdayland a petting zoo known as Grandma Duck's Petting Farm could be found [1], where guests could interact with various animals housed within a large barn. When the land was replaced with Mickey’s Toontown Fair in 1996, the barn that had once been a part of Grandma Duck’s Petting Farm was incorporated into a new, small steel roller coaster called "The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm" [2].

The Barnstormer (as most fans called it) was a one minute, gentle roller coaster that allowed guests to board Goofy’s self-designed “Multiflex Octoplane” (an airplane), and follow a flight path that he had previously flown [3]. Along the way, guests would twist and turn, and even go “crashing” into a barn at full speed. In keeping with the rest of Mickey’s Toontown Fair, The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm had a rural theme to it [4].

Throughout its history, The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm did not experience and major changes. At the 2009 D23 Expo however, it was announced that all of Mickey’s Toontown Fair would be replaced as part of the Storybook Circus expansion of Fantasyland. At this time it was further explained that The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm would be rethemed in order to tie in with the rest of Storybook Circus [5]. On February 11, 2011 the attraction closed along with the rest of Mickey’s Toontown Fair [6].

The Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini

The new Barnstormer reopened with Storybook Circus on March 12, 2012 [7]. The new attraction titled "The Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini" allows guests to participate in one of he Great Goofini’s stunt flights. Although now themed to fit in with Storybook Circus, the attraction’s track remained essentially unchanged. Since the Barnstormer reopened in 2012 there have been no major changes to the attraction.

Attraction Plot

A poster advertising The Great Goofini’s Barnstormer attraction.

The Barnstormer Starring the Great Goofini is a one minute, gentle roller coaster which reaches a top speed of 25 mph. The official ride description by Disney states:

Climb aboard a wacky stunt plane and become a part of The Great Goofini’s daredevil act.

Step underneath a grand circus marquee and make your way to an open-air barn where Goofy—known as The Great Goofini—has been known to perform his famous death-defying, high-flying show. Once inside the red hanger, board one of Goofy’s very own stunt biplanes and hold on tight as you prepare to take to the skies above New Fantasyland.

The flying spectacle begins as your plane gracefully ascends to the top of a nearby wooden observation tower. Then, brace yourself as you rapidly swoop down and around the bustling barnyard, following the flight path made famous by The Grand Goofini. Dart around gentle bends, peel past trees and soar through the broken section of a nearby billboard before “landing” safely back inside the barn during the grand, fun-filled finale [8].

Fun Facts and Trivia

The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm

  • The chickens located inside the barn on the original Barnstormer were originally used in the traffic jam scene in the World of Motion at Epcot [9].
  • A portrait of Goofy flying into the water tower could be found at Minnie House, which was located across the street in Mickey's Toontown Fair [2].

The Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini

  • The billboard for the Barnstormer Featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini features subtle references to two past Disney World attractions:
  • The phrase "An Acrobatic Skyleidoscope" is a reference to the EPCOT Center daytime show that ran from 1985 until 1987 in the World Showcase Lagoon [10].
  • The second reference involves the small sea gulls that can be seen flying away in the top right corner of the billboard. These are a subtle nod to the sea gulls which were found in various scenes within the closed Tomorrowland attraction If You Had Wings [11].
  • The backside of the Barnstormer's new attraction sign makes it seem as if the boards that make up the sign were previously used in The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm's entrance sign [12].

Official Website

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/magic-kingdom/barnstormer-starring-great-goofini/

References

  1. http://www.lostepcot.com/birthdayland.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.yesterland.com/barnstormer.html
  3. http://2719hyperion.blogspot.com/2006/12/goofys-barnstormer.html
  4. http://www.yesterland.com/barnstormer.html
  5. http://progresscityusa.com/2009/09/13/d23-day-three/
  6. http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2011/02/12/mickey-evicted-disneys-toontown-fair-closed-and-awaiting-demolition
  7. http://allears.net/tp/mk/barnstormer-featuring-great-goofini.htmm
  8. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/magic-kingdom/barnstormer-starring-great-goofini/
  9. https://waltdatedworld.com/id61.htm
  10. http://www.wdwradio.com/2012/03/wdwnewscast-disney-news-live-tour-of-storybook-circus-in-walt-disney-world-mar-14-2012/
  11. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/03/the-adventurous-tale-of-the-great-goofini-at-magic-kingdom-park-2/
  12. Yee, Keven. Walt Disney World Hidden History Second Edition. N.p.: n.p., 2014. Print.