The Barnstormer featuring The Great Goofini started out as Goofy’s Barnstormer, or officially The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm, back when Magic Kingdom featured Mickey’s Toontown Fair instead of Storybook Circus. The roller coaster was the only surviving attraction to make the move from Toontown to Storybook Circus, but it did get a retheme.
The gentle lift-hill and low level thrills of the kiddie roller coaster make it a great ‘starter’ coaster for kids who aren’t quite as adventurous. But there’s still plenty for adult riders to get excited about. The ride may be short, but there are some decent thrills packed in to each section.
Keep in mind there is a 35 inch height limit, so it’s not suitable for all ages. Just tall preschoolers and others kids above that height.
We also really enjoy the view from the top of the 30 foot lift hill. With a top speed of 25 MPH, it’s all over in just about a minute, so we do recommend Fastpass for this ride if the park is busy.
It’s been a few years since I went on The Barnstormer, but recently I had the opportunity to ride it again. Watch our on-ride video:
We also enjoyed taking in some of the whimsical elements in The Barnstormer’s queue.
The queue to The Barnstormer currently offers an excellent view of the construction site for the big TRON themed roller coaster coming to the Magic Kingdom. You can see our latest TRON construction update here.
Did you know that before The Barnstormer opened in 1996, the area was home to a petting zoo called “Grandma Duck’s Petting Farm. This was where the famous Minnie Moo, the Holstein cow famous for having a hidden Mickey on its side, was located.
Lastly, do you see that monkey on the sign at the top of this post? He also appears in a number of the posters located around that area of Storybook Circus. I’m still wondering what that monkey’s name is. None of the Imagineers I talked to when Storybook Circus opened had any idea.