Disney has confirmed that the updated Goofy's Sky School rollercoaster will open at its California Adventure park on July 1, 2011, several weeks later than originally planned.
The company had previously announced June 3 as the reopening date for Goofy's Sky School, which is a revamped version of the former Mulholland Madness coaster. Instead, it will open on July 1, with the date set to mark the completion of the radical overhaul of the Paradise Pier area of Disney California Adventure.
Two new restaurants, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and the Paradise Garden Grill, are set to open in Paradise Pier on July 1. In addition, the Corn Dog Castle will also reopen after a lengthy closure. These are to set to fit in with the new theme for the area, which is designed to evoke a 1920s-era seaside resort.
Work to transform Mulholland Madness into Goofy's Sky School has been ongoing since October 12, 2010, when the ride closed to the public. 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 coaster will receive a new theme based on the 1940 cartoon Goofy's Glider, which tells the story of Goofy attempting to teach pilots how to fly. New additions will include billboards showing flying tips, "clouds" through which the track passes and updated ride vehicles featuring a small "winglet" on the nose.
Mulholland Madness had been in place since Disney California Adventure opened in 2001, and was named after the famous engineer William Mulholland. The ride's theme saw guests renting a car and tackling South California's freeway system, with the vehicles being designed to resemble real cars.
The original June 3 opening date of Goofy's Sky School was timed to coincide with that of Paradise Pier's new headline attraction, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure. The long-awaited Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will open at neighboring Disneyland on the same day.
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