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Goofy's Sky School concept art

A soft opening period has begun for the updated Goofy's Sky School rollercoaster at Disney California Adventure, ahead of the ride's official reopening date on July 1, 2011.

Screamscape reports that the coaster opened to the public over the weekend, with further temporary opening periods likely over the next few days. The July 1 date will also see two new restaurants open in the Paradise Pier area of Disney California Adventure, marking the completion of an extensive refurbishment.

Goofy's Sky School is a revamped version of the former Mulholland Madness coaster, which closed on October 12, 2010. 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 transformation has seen it 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.

Goofy's Sky School concept art

Goofy's Sky School takes guests on a trip through the "clouds". Image © Disney

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 two new restaurants in Paradise Pier are known as Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and the Paradise Garden Grill. 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.

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