Press and visitors give impressions of Goofy's Sky School

Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:12 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Goofy's Sky School doesn't officially open until Friday, but the latest attraction at Disney California Adventure has gotten approval from guests who got an unannounced sneak preview. The roller coaster is themed on the 1940 cartoon "Goofy's Glider," which chronicles Goofy's attempt to build and successfully launch a glider. Riders are taken on a winding journey past signs giving lessons from Goofy on how to fly.

Read more from The LA Times and The Orange County Register.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:15 PM

The Times seems unreasonably brutal. Why can't a Disney park have a wild mouse? Seems to me to be a reasonable component of an area with a pier theme.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:47 PM

Spending large sums of money on a ride that shifts a relatively small number of people, as part of a project to improve attendance and the overall experience of guests at the park, could give some mixed messages.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:12 PM

Jeff said:
Seems to me to be a reasonable component of an area with a pier theme.

That's precisely how I feel about the "Dino-Rama" section of Animal Kingdom. Most visitors say "This place looks like a cheap roadside attraction!", which is exactly the type of theme the Imagineers were attempting to create. I am very impressed with the amount of detail that went into creating the weathered parking lot that the rides sit on complete with cracks and worn striping.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:17 PM

If I recall it was The Times that gave Cedar Fair all that grief about putting Demon Drop ,a "used ride" in Knotts. They have an attitude problem.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:35 PM

The only problem that I have with DCA including an "off the shelf" mad mouse coaster is that it seems to be a low capacity ride for such a busy park. I have no problem with mad mouse rides. Thay are really fun.

Besides that, where is the next closest mad mouse coaster? Is there an oversaturation of mad mouse coasters in CA?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:39 PM

Well, the poor capacity was never really a problem in the past. ;) Anyway, the Matterhorn was unthemed inside for the first 19 years of its existence. Not to apologize, but they needed a silk hat so that it would fit in with the rest of the redo. Anything more extensive than that would indicate Disney's intent to keep it forever. So it's a good sign if you like bigger attractions.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:53 PM

Dutchman said:
If I recall it was The Times that gave Cedar Fair all that grief about putting Demon Drop ,a "used ride" in Knotts. They have an attitude problem.

Wasn't their point that Cedar Fair were installing a ride into Knotts that Six Flags had deemed old and redundant 40 miles down the road at Magic Mountain?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:02 PM

Now that you mention it, that was a large part of their argument.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:32 AM

The Times is echoing the very vocal attitude of the professional Annual Passholders. For some reason these people hate GSS (nee' Mulholland Madness) and take any chance they can to complain about it being an off the shelf production model. Yet they seem to love Silly Symphony Swings (a Zierer Wave Swinger), and of course Dumbo is a classic, yet it's a standard Red Baron/Chance Helicopter style ride (Again, made by Zierer), but with dumbo seats. go figure.

People want something to bitch about, so there's the scapegoat.

Yes, capacity has never been a problem before, but that will change this summer, and certainly next year. Already with WoC and now Mermaid, the traffic flow and crowds at DCA are vastly different than in 2009. No longer is it the "let's hop over there for a few hours now that DL is crowded and get quick rides on Soarin, Screamin', and Tower, then head back to DL for Fantasmic and Fireworks".

DCA is crowded from opening to close, and while I personally don't like it (only because I used to enjoy a 5 minute wait for Tower), it is a great thing for DCA and the DL Resort. The Park is slowly maturing into a "Disney" park, and with a few exceptions (e.g. remaining Paradise Pier shops, the back corner of the studios section) the park is what is should have been when they built it.

The Cars Land section looks better every day, and the scale of it is just hard to fathom. Luigi's Roamin' Tires will be a capacity nightmare, but Mater's Junkyard Jamboree may just be the hit "fun" ride of 2012.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:34 AM

Honestly, the Disney-philes can be a really hard-to-please bunch. Then again, Walt created the parks with exceptionally high standards, and therefore expectations. Potentially, victims of their own previous smash-hit successes...

Personally, I thought MM needed more "Disney-fication", and GSS from the video did look MORE...enhanced. I can't really give too much of an educated opinion unless/until I get to RIDE it in its new configuraton.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 5:51 PM

They just installed 3 capacity hogs in the Paris Studios park, in a hope to boost attendance. *shrugs*

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