DCA - Goofy's Sky School

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DCA - Goofy's Sky School
« on: November 21, 2018, 12:07 PM »
Goofy's Sky School



At Goofy's Sky School, guests take the role of a student pilot, with Goofy giving the instructions on how to fly, in this wacky roller coaster ride in Paradise Gardens Park.



Goofy's Sky School is a wild mouse roller coaster manufactured by Mack Rides. Riders board a plane and navigate a crash course of flying which features sharp turns, steep drops and sudden stops. It was originally called Mulholland Madness, featuring a madcap ride on Mulholland Dr.



It was re-themed in 2011 as part of the park's major refubishment. The ride remains the same, with little more than a new coat of paint, a few Goofy billboards, and a propeller added to the front of the cars.



Also added was the water tower at the entrance.



The weather vane atop the tower is a nice touch.



Chickens also play a large part in the re-themeing, like at the fast-pass stations.



And at the height sign.



The queue is minimally decorated with humorous posters.






The boarding station.



While on the ride, you'll pass various "How to" signs. A lot of the inspiration for the signs and themeing came from the 1940 animated short, "Goofy's Gliders."



Another "How to" sign.



More chickens.



Despite the Goofy theme, it's nothing more than an off-the-shelf wild mouse ride, and I must admit, probably the top of my list of worst attractions at the resort.



On the other hand, it's a nice starter coaster for young children who aren't ready, or are too small, to ride the bigger coasters at the park.



A view from the Pal-A-Round ferris wheel (the old Mickey's Fun Wheel). Disney's Grand Californian Hotel can be seen behind.



POV of the ride by DisneyGuyMikey

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Re: DCA - Goofy's Sky School
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2018, 04:08 PM »
Nice post Shyguy!
Imo this ride is very "un"Disney. Those kind of coaster belong on a carnival, not a theme resort. :)

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Re: DCA - Goofy's Sky School
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2018, 05:18 PM »
Nice post Shyguy!
Imo this ride is very "un"Disney. Those kind of coaster belong on a carnival, not a theme resort. :)
I quite agree.

The Turnstile Tribune question of the day...
Does anyone actually like this ride? Or should Disney get rid of it and put something better in its place?
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Re: DCA - Goofy's Sky School
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2018, 10:46 PM »
I do like building wildmouse coasters in themepark sims and riding them in real-life but yer right, this off-the-shelf ride doesn't really have anything Disney going for it. Yeah, the Goofy signs/billboards (and chickens) are kind of amusing, but they don't add much to the overall theming. This is a ride you could see in any state fair. (Minus the Goofy theme.)

The Matterhorn Bobsleds are a glorified wildmouse coaster, but look what they did with that! The track is about 100ft high and goes in and out of a friggin 147ft mountain! It's got the Abominable Snowman. It used to have the Skyway buckets going through it. It splashes down in an Alpine lake (okay, pond). And it's got yodeling! :P  Definitely NOT off-the-shelf.

Disney used to know how to do things right (and BIG.) They should replace this nondescript coaster with something special... something Disney.
« Last Edit: November 24, 2018, 10:51 PM by JB »