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Opening of Goofy's Sky School marks completion of Paradise Pier makeover at Disney California Adventure

Goofy's Sky School concept art

The remodelling of the Paradise Pier area at Disney California Adventure is set to be completed on Friday, July 1, 2011, with the official debut of the updated Goofy's Sky School rollercoaster.

The coaster, which "soft opened" last weekend, has been updated with a new theme based on the 1940 cartoon Goofy' Glider. Elsewhere in Paradise Pier, two new restaurants are also set to make their debuts as Disney moves on to overhauling other areas of California Adventure.

Goofy's Sky School is a classic wild mouse coaster, and was formerly known as Mulholland Madness. It features sharp turns and sudden drops, and reaches a top speed of 27 miles per hour. The new theme has seen the vehicles updated to feature aeroplane-style decorations, while clouds and other theming elements have been installed alongside the track. The backstory of the ride is based on Goofy's attempts to teach pilots how to fly.

The first new restaurant, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, will offer a range of flatbreads, pastas and salads. It will feature an "on-stage" kitchen, where guests will be able to see food being prepared. Next door, the Paradise Garden Grill will offer a range of Mediterranean dishes, including skewers, kabobs, grilled steak and grilled pita.

Both restaurants will serve lunch and dinner, and will be "quick service" restaurants rather than full sit-down eateries. They will feature a total of 900 seats, which will be shared across both dining locations.

Disney has embarked on a massive $1.1 billion programme of updates to Disney California Adventure, with the aim of improving disappointing attendance figures. Paradise Pier has undergone significant changes as part of the renovation work, including the recent opening of new dark ride The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

You can find out more about the updates to Disneyland's sister park in our in-depth article, 10 years on: The past, present and future of Disney California Adventure in pictures and video.

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