Pictures in the Park – Goofy’s Barnstormer at the Magic Kingdom

Goofy’s Barnstormer, the first roller coaster Sophie ever rode at Disney World!

Goofy’s Barnstormer was a roller coaster in Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  Based off the story that Goofy was a crop-duster who didn’t know how to fly a plane, this picture was at the entrance to the attraction.  Goofy’s Barnstormer was the first roller coaster that Sophie ever rode at Walt Disney World, and from the moment that she rode it, she was a thrill ride junky!  I remember when we rode the roller coaster in 2007 (this picture was from 2006) Sophie had so much fun with it, and the line was nothing at all, that we must have ridden it something like 10 times in a row!

As you can see, this roller coaster is for the younger age level, but that doesn’t mean that adults can’t have fun also!  Plus, the twists and turns are quite fun, even if the ride is rather short.

Some of the ride track

Although Mickey’s Toontown Fair has been closed to make room for the Fantasyland expansion, and Goofy’s Barnstormer is currently closed, the roller coaster that Sophie got her feet wet on will be opening back up in the short term future as the newly re-themed ride “The Great Goofini!”  While I expect that the ride will be about the same as it was, except for the theming, I look forward to the day it returns, and my memories of riding that ride with Sophie can be made over and over again!

Have you ever ridden Goofy’s Barnstormer?  What did you (or your children) think of it?  Will you ride The Great Goofini when it opens up? registered & protected

What is your favorite Disney Roller Coaster?

This shot is not deliberately upside down by some trick -- this shot was taken while we were upside down!

This shot is not deliberately upside down by some trick — this shot was taken while we were upside down!

Piggy-backing on yesterday’s post on California Screamin’, we’ve got a poll for you today.  Thinking about all of the Disney roller coasters you have experienced in your life, whether it be at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park, Disneyland Paris, and so on, what is your absolute favorite roller coaster?  There are several to choose from, of course.  You’ve got Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Expedition Everest, California Screamin’, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and the list goes on.  Have a look at our poll, we’ve included several options to choose from, as well as an option to choose your own.

This is an open poll, so it won’t close, and you should be able to choose your own answer if ours doesn’t fit in what you are looking for, so have at it!  Of course, the Disney parks aren’t like the Six Flags and the Carowinds of the world, so chances are there may be roller coasters at other amusement parks you like better — but for us, we want to know which is your favorite Disney roller coaster, so let us know your thoughts, and thanks!

Friday Flashback – The Skyway

The Skyway - a bygone attraction from a bygone age at Disney...

The Skyway – a bygone attraction from a bygone age at Disney…

You know, to be honest with you all — and with myself, I might add — the early visits to Walt Disney World when I was a kid all those years ago are somewhat a fuzzy memory to me.  For example, in my first trip, when I was 11 years old, I remember the feelings I experienced more than the attractions I rode.  However, there is something from those early visits that I really do remember quite well, and today, I’m going to talk about it in Friday Flashback.  That attraction is the old Skyway attraction.

For those that are younger than I and don’t know what the Skyway was, I’ll tell you.  The Skyway was a special one-way transportation attraction that would take you from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland — or from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland.  When you rode to either destination, you couldn’t continue back without getting back in line for a second trip.  The Skyway was a suspended gondola type ride, where you were lifted into the air and suspended from a steel cable as your car was taken from one part of the Magic Kingdom to another.  It was a whole level of freedom that you just didn’t get any other way, because you were able to look at the Magic Kingdom from a whole different dimension than you would normally get, and I LOVED the Skyway.

At it’s least, the Skyway was a nice, relaxing way to journey to another part of the park without tiring your feet any more than they already were.  At it’s best, the Skyway was a way of seeing parts of the Magic Kingdom you never see anymore — a way to be above it all and reflect on the beauty of the park, how blessed you are to be able to experience it — and if you are a kid like I was — perhaps a way to tell your parents or grandparents thanks for taking you there!

The Skyway was an original opening day attraction at the Magic Kingdom, and had identical rides at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.  The Magic Kingdom version of the Skyway attraction lasted the longest, being open until November 5, 1999 — over 28 years!  Now, for your enjoyment, here’s a YouTube video of the attraction for you to enjoy!