The Barnstormer

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The Barnstormer
WDW Magic Kingdom Storybook Circus.jpg
Sign for The Barnstormer, after its relaunch.
Previously known as The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm
Magic Kingdom
Park section Fantasyland - Storybook Circus
Coordinates 28°25′14″N 81°34′42″W / 28.420496°N 81.578423°W / 28.420496; -81.578423Coordinates: 28°25′14″N 81°34′42″W / 28.420496°N 81.578423°W / 28.420496; -81.578423
Status Operating
Opening date October 1, 1996 (Barnstormer)
March 12, 2012 (Great Goofini)
Closing date February 12, 2011 (Barnstormer)
General statistics
Type Steel – Junior
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Model Junior Coaster (207m)
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 9.1 m (30 ft)
Length 207 m (679 ft)
Speed 40.2 km/h (25.0 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:03
Height restriction 35 in (89 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.
Renamed to The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini
Fastpass available
Must transfer from wheelchair
The Barnstormer at RCDB
Pictures of The Barnstormer at RCDB

The Barnstormer is a junior roller coaster. It is located in the Storybook Circus section of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini is the successor to The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm which closed in February 2011 as part of the Fantasyland expansion currently in progress.

History[edit]

Grandma Duck's Petting Farm (1988–1996)[edit]

A petting zoo named Grandma Duck's Petting Farm previously occupied the site where The Barnstormer now sits.[1] This petting zoo was located in the Mickey's Birthdayland section of Fantasyland and was home to Minnie Moo, a holstein cow that was famous for having a Hidden Mickey on its side.[2] In 1996 the petting zoo was removed and Minnie Moo was relocated to Fort Wilderness. She later died from natural causes.[3] The barn which housed the petting zoo was integrated into The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm.

The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm (1996–2011)[edit]

One of the Barnstormer's trains going through a turn.
One of the Barnstormer's trains going through a turn when the trains were painted blue and white with orange with green rails before the red and brown paint job was added in 2012.
The former entrance to the Barnstormer when the "cloud" logo was still in use before it had a crash-through broken billboard and the cloud logo was gone.

After the closure of Grandma Duck's Petting Farm in early 1996, the Magic Kingdom began construction on a junior roller coaster called The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm. It opened in Mickey's Toontown Fair on October 1, 1996.[4][5] The Barnstormer was one of three attractions at American Disney parks which took its name from former attractions at the now-defunct Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee.[6] The other two attractions are Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure Park[7] and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios.[8]

The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm appeared to be an airplane school taught by Goofy. The story behind this ride included guests flying in Goofy's homemade airplane as it swooped, twisted and turned.[9] It then went full speed into a barn. Inside the barn were three Audio-Animatronic chickens[9] from Epcot's former World of Motion attraction. A Hidden Mickey formed by a jumble of wires could be found in the attraction's queue near the "popcorn plants".[10]

As part of the Fantasyland expansion, the attraction closed on February 12, 2011 to be rethemed to The Great Goofini.[11]

The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini (2011–)[edit]

Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland is currently undergoing a large expansion and renovation.[12] Mickey's Toontown Fair closed permanently on February 12, 2011 in order to make way for the expansion.[13] Some elements of Mickey's Toontown Fair have been demolished and others have been re-themed to a new Storybook Circus area. The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm was re-themed to The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini.[14] "The New Fantasyland will be constructed in phases with most new experiences open by 2013."[11]

Ride[edit]

Guests board one of two trains which each seat 16 riders. The train is taken up a chain lift hill to a height of 9.1 meters (30 ft). 207 meters (679 ft) of twists, turns, and elevation changes follow, before the ride comes to a halt in the brake run. Riders reach a top speed of 40.2 kilometers per hour (25.0 mph) on the one-minute ride.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doolittle, Leslie (January 22, 1996). "Magic-kingdom Area Getting Make-over". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mickey pig to Disney World". The Daily Reporter. January 11, 1991. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Doolittle, Leslie (March 16, 1993). "Mickey Moo Goes To Holstein Heaven". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm". MousePlanet. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Clarke, Jay (September 29, 1996). "Disney complex keeps with the times". Star-News. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Barnstormer". Thrill Network. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Grizzly River Rampage". Thrill Network. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Rock n' Roller Coaster  (Opryland USA)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm". The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Hidden Mickeys of Mickey's Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm". Hidden Mickeys. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Smith, Thomas (January 18, 2011). "Update on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "D23 Expo: 20 pieces of concept art for the major Fantasyland expansion now confirmed for Walt Disney World". Attractions Magazine. September 12, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ Smith, Thomas (December 10, 2010). "New Fantasyland Expansion Update". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Disney World’s Fantasyland expansion". WOFL FOX 35. January 18, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ Marden, Duane. "Barnstormer  (Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved April 4, 2011.