The Barnstormer Starring The Great Goofini

The Barnstormer, starring the Great Goofini, is one of the new rides in Storybook Circus. When the circus pulls into town there is the big show act, and there is the secondary act The Great Goofini, well, he doesn’t get top billing. He runs second to an elephant who flies. (How sad).

Goofini is everywhere in Storybook Circus; that is everywhere but the Big Top. The Big Top belongs to the Flying Elephant.

The Barnstormer Story

When a circus comes to town, there is the headline act, and then there are secondary acts. With Storybook Circus, Dumbo the Flying Elephant is the headline act, and The Great Goofini is the secondary act. Yes, acts. Goofini is everywhere. He’s The Barnstormer, he’s a bear wrestler (or, as the poster says, “bear wrasslin”), and a water ski jumper. Boy this guy is busy.

The big thing is The Barnstormer. The ride. The ride is about Goofy the stunt pilot taking you on a flight around the countryside.

Here is the official story from Disney Imagineering

“The greatest show in the kingdom, The Storybook Circus, has just come to town and set up in beautiful Carolwood Park. There’s fun and pageantry to be had for everyone. But if it’s thrills you’re after, The Barnstormer featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini is one attraction you won’t want to miss!

“The circus’ fearless daredevil, the Great Goofini, has become the resident flying ace for his latest spectacular showcase of aerial acrobatics and bravery. It’s ‘plane’ crazy and sure to leave you breathless.


“And that’s just the beginning! The Great Goofini will stop at nothing to amuse and entertain his audience. The Canine Cannonball, the Reckless Rocketeer and Bear Wrasslin’ are just few of his notable feats of peril showcased in fully illustrated posters that line the circus walkways.


“So the next time you visit the Storybook Circus in search of some excitement, keep your eye out for the Great Goofini. You never know if he’ll be blasting, crashing, or soaring through the skies, but you know you’ll definitely have a good time watching!”

The Preshow

When you enter the line, you pass the ticket booth, where there is an outlying sign. Walking through the line, you will see all of the Great Goofini’s exploits. The posters. The canon that shoots the human Cannonball, the target with Goofy’s shape in it, and even a crashed rocket.

The line is located (unlike most Disney attractions) outside in the bright sunshine. There are several shade covers that line the line (I love Dad’s alliteration). The shade covers look like targets. What’s up with that?

The Attraction

Walk into the barn and hop in your airplane. Yes, the roller coaster vehicle is a 16-seat stunt plane complete with a propeller (that turns while you fly) and wings. You are seated and then you take off on one of the shortest rides at Disney World.

The Great Goofini “flies” you through a series of air-racing pylons as you would see at the big air races. You take off from the barn and climb up through the first pylon that Goofini has crashed into for a time or two.

The Postshow

Unlike a lot of the rides at Disney World, there is no gift shop to exit into. Make sure to check out the old crash helmets and the first and “second” aid boxes that sit in the exit area.

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tidbits –

  • The barn in the ride is from the original petting zoo attraction.
  • The ride is a Disneyfied version of a ride at the former Opryland USA by the same name. It was an elevated ride that featured airplanes.
  • Top speed is 25mph.


The Barnstormer opened in Mickey’s Toontown Fair in October 1, 1996 as part of Wiseacre Farms. Closed with all of Toowntown Fair in Febuary 2011 as part of the Fantasyland expansion project. (This is the only thing from Toowntown Fair that survived.) Reopened on March 12, 2012 with the Great Goofini. This area was originally a petting zoo known as Grandma’s Duck Farm.


This ride generates long lines all day long. The best time to ride is early in the morning, late in the day or during parades.

Dad’s Ride Information Table

Description: Roller coaster for children
Height Requirement – 35 inches Fastpass:no Length of Ride: 1 min 30 sec.
Type of ride: Smooth roller coaster

Dad’s Ratings

4 4 2 2
Other Information: Take the little ones. Get there early to ride with Goofy.

Are You Tall Enough?

Is your child tall enough to ride? Yes, there is a height requirement to ride it.

You have to be at least 35 inches tall to ride.

Dad’s Disney World Height Requirements page

The Fine Print

Here’s some small print information

  • Expectant mothers should not ride
  • Service animals are not permitted
  • Must transfer from ECV
  • Guest with small children can use Riderswitch

Dad’s Bottom Line

This is a really neat roller coaster for the younger set. The new Barnstormer theme is just really cool. If you have kids to small for the “Mountains” check this one out.