Published: March 12, 2012 at 11:19 AMOne of the other Disney forums has a lot of pictures posted. It looks like the coaster retained the "Barnstormer" part but has added "with Goofy as the Great Goofini" to the official name.
I wonder if that was a original intention or a change made due to guest feedback.
Published: March 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM"Goofini is the old Goofy's Barnstormer Vekoma family coaster that Disney relocated from the now-closed Mickey's Toontown Fair to the new circus-themed section"
I was under the impression that the coaster was just having an overlay to suit the new theme. I guess Disney are really going all out to make this new expansion a wonderful new experience, which makes me even more excited to see the finished product.
Published: March 12, 2012 at 12:54 PMThe new park maps have it listed as "The Barnstormer".
Published: March 12, 2012 at 1:14 PMI saw the photos on another site. Basically just the two rides & the train station with wall barriers all around .Not too pretty yet. I'm hoping they have this section finished when I vacation at Disney in late April early May. The early soft opening may be to garner some publicity vs. Universal's big Spider-Man rehab. Just as Universal has been leaking Potter info everytime Disney makes an announcement. I love these PR battles. Makes everything more interesting.
Published: March 12, 2012 at 1:14 PMHere is a great walk-through from the Orlando Attractions Magazine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCoQCxsbc9o&feature=g-u-u&context=G2ee09b8FUAAAAAAAAAA
Published: March 12, 2012 at 2:41 PMI suspect Disney felt pressure not to respond to Spider-Man, but to do something for parents whose kids wanted to ride Dumbo, regardless of queues and construction walls.
Don't underestimate the power of a parent whose toddler has been scorned. I'm surprised that Disney even closed the "old" Dumbo before this new one was ready. I feel for anyone working Guest Relations on a day when Dumbo is down.
Published: March 12, 2012 at 6:29 PMHow interactive is the queue?
Published: March 13, 2012 at 7:36 AMSounds like it was a last minute hurried decision. Some of the other web sites that were there, are reporting Disney was still putting some of the queues together after the area was opened.
Published: March 13, 2012 at 10:19 AMOn those attendance numbers. Business is probably increasing. When I checked Touring Plans crowd calendar for my 2012 April/May Disney portion of the vacation, the crowd levels averaged about two levels above those same days from 2011. So the folks at Touring Plans (Unofficial Disney Guide) are probably seeing a trend. They seem to be pretty close on their estimates. Universal is also keeping their parks open later in May 2012 than May 2011. The economy has picked up and people are probably getting more confident about the economy, which generally translates into more tourism. Also, both Disney & Universal are debuting some nice new & refurbished attractions this year which usually serves to increase the buzz & ultimately tourist traffic. It's always good to see the parks do well. More park profit usually translates into new attractions, which is a win for theme park fans.
Published: March 13, 2012 at 1:13 PMI can tell you why Disney pushed to get this open from first hand experience after being at the MK on Tuesday the 12th.
They needed the capacity.
I have been an AP holder and lived in Orlando for 12 years and I've gone to the park on many ocasions prior to that. I have NEVER seen the park as busy as it was yesterday. True - I would not be caught dead at Disney on New Years' Eve or at any time during week 52. I know it's Spring Break season, but I didn't expect it to be at full tile yet. The line for Haunted Manasion was over 45 minutes and the extened queue was set up down on the water front in the old Mike Fink Keel boats area. The line for It's a Small World began between the Columbia House restrooms and the jelly shop. 120 minutes for Splash Mountain. 45 for Snow White. 75 for Peter Pan. 50 for Pirates...during the 3:00 Parade. Crazy!
It was crazy!