The theme of Goofy's Sky School comes from the Wayback machine: a 1940 short cartoon called “Goofy’s Glider.” If you know Goofy, you can imagine that things don't quite go as planned.
You won't find a lot of Disney magic on this ride. It's the style of an off-the-shelf roller coaster, sometimes called a mad mouse, commonly seen at a traveling carnival. Most of the excitement comes because the car's front edge is ahead of the wheels. Because of that, you'll feel like it's going to fall off the track before it makes a sharp turn. Some people complain that makes it too jerky. Heather at the Churro Kingdom says it's "the best worst ride in all the land" because it can be terrifying even though it's not much fun otherwise.
The theming is also light, and you're likely to forget about the storyline after you get going. LA Times writer Brady MacDonald wrote this about it: "The minor cosmetic surgery performed on the coaster amounts to nothing more than a fresh coat of sky-blue paint, a few Goofy billboards, and a propeller slapped on the front of the cars."
The best thing about it is that it goes slowly between those fast turns and you'll get a panoramic view of the park. It's also good for younger children who want to ride a rollercoaster, but who are too short for the Incredicoaster.
What You Need to Know about Goofy's Sky School
- Location: Pixar Pier
- Rating: ★★★
- Restrictions: 42 in (106 cm) and young children should be accompanied by an adult
- Ride Time: 90 seconds
- Recommended for: Families with children, adults who like less-aggressive roller coasters
- Fun Factor: Moderate to boring
- Wait Factor: Can be up to 40 minutes on a busy day. Use a Fastpass to shorten your time in line, or try getting in line during the parades or evening shows. The ride has a Single Rider option that may help you get on faster. Cast Members use single riders to fill in otherwise empty seats. If you're willing to split up from the rest of your group while riding, it can shorten your wait time significantly.
- Fear Factor: Low. There's a little thrill at the turns when it feels like the car might keep going straight off the track.
- Herky-Jerky Factor: I say low to medium. Disney says this ride is not for anyone with neck or back trouble, heart problems or for expectant mothers.
- Nausea Factor: Low to medium, depending on your sensitivity.
- Seating: Vehicles have 2 rows that seat 2 people each. This ride uses lap bars to keep you safe. You have to step down to get in.
- Accessibility: You'll have to transfer from your wheelchair or ECV to the ride vehicle by yourself or with help from your traveling companions. Enter with everyone else, go to the loading area and ask a cast member for help. Service animals are not allowed. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
How to Have More Fun on Goofy's Sky School
- Because the track is outdoors, Goofy's Sky School can close during bad weather. If rain is predicted, try to ride before it starts.
- Goofy's Sky School is fun to ride at night. More California Adventure rides that are best at night.
- Like most rides at Paradise Pier, this one closes early on days when there's a World of Color show. Check the daily schedule to be sure you don't wait too long and miss out.
- Put away your glasses and hat before you ride, or you may lose them.
- Smaller children may not fit snugly if riding with a larger adult and get jostled around.
More About California Adventure Rides
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Fun Facts About Goofy's Sky School
Originally, this ride was called Mulholland Madness, and it was themed to a drive around Los Angeles.
In the ride queue, there are two Hidden Mickeys on the Sky School message boards. If you look past the funny posts and ads, the Hidden Mickeys are stained into the corkboards.