The Mulholland Madness rollercoaster at Disney California Adventure will close on October 12, as work begins to retheme it as Goofy's Sky School.
The wild mouse coaster, located in the Paradise Pier area of the park, is expected to reopen in mid-2011. It will be based on the 1940 cartoon Goofy's Glider, which tells the story of Goofy attempting to teach pilots how to fly. Although the coaster's track will retain the same layout, the ride vehicles will be updated to fit the new theme.
Mulholland Madness has been in place since Disney California Adventure opened in 2001, and was named after the famous engineer William Mulholland. The ride's theme sees guests renting a car and tackling South California's freeway system, with the vehicles being designed to resemble real cars. The attraction is a classic wild mouse coaster, featuring sharp turns and sudden drops and reaching a top speed of 27 miles per hour.
The Paradise Pier area of Disney California Adventure is undergoing extensive changes as part of a $1.1 billion series of upgrades to the park. Criticized by fans for aping the seaside amusement parks that Walt Disney himself sought to distance Disneyland from, it has seen many of its generic attractions updated to be themed around classic Disney characters. Next year, the $100 million The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure attraction will open in Paradise Pier, which has already seen the addition of the World of Color night-time spectacular.