Earlier this month, we celebrated the “soft-open” of phase one of Storybook Circus, which included the debut of Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini.
Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) has given Barnstormer an entirely new backstory, which can be seen in circus posters found throughout Storybook Circus.
Here’s the description, straight from WDI:
“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!”
Hmm, there seem to be some hidden nods to Disney history here, both in the description and in the posters themselves. What hidden details can you find?
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I know this is about the barnstormer, but I had a question about the Dumbo part of the Circus … is the old Dumbo by behind Cinderella’s castle still there or will it be gone? We will be back soon for a visit and I want to be able to prepare my daughter if her favorite old ride is no longer there … thanks! 🙂
The chicken on the top poster is a reference to World of Motion? I think. And “Reckless ROCKETEER” must be a reference to the Disney movie The Rocketeer.
Where is the “If You Had Wings” nod?
THE ROCKET IS NAMED DOLORES OMG :’) I used to watch that episode on tape all the time as a kid. I love all these nostalgic references!
Just went on the ride this weekend and there is a lot of cool hidden things with this new ride. First off, when you are in line and happen to see the back of the new attraction sign, there are words randomly mis-aligned which is said to be the wood from the original ride. It spells “Wiseacre Farms.”
The posters: I would say that the tiger juggling poster is a nod to TIGER TROUBLE. The Aquamania one is of course from AQUAMANIA. The bear wrasslin’ one is from HOLD THAT POSE. The huge rocket is Dolores the elephant from THE BIG WASH.
(If I am correct) The monkey is Goofy’s friend which has been introduced in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV cartoon. Specifically, a halloween episode where they find coconuts for the monkey.
2009 Goofy’s Coconutty Monkey
Does anyone know I can view these classic films thanks
Perhaps they put Soarn’ rather then Soaring to new hieghts to match with a certain very popular ride at EPCOT?
In addition to the Disney history references already mentioned, I’ve also decuded that some of the Goofini act posters contain references to some of the Goof’s classic cartoons, including “Aquamania” (1961), “Hold That Pose” (1950) and “Tiger Trouble” (1945).
Re: Kari, the Toontown houses are gone from WDW. Their “real” houses are in Disneyland’s Toontown in California. Their WDW counterparts were just their vacation homes. They will not be rebuilt in WDW’s new Fantasyland.
What’s happening to the toontown houses?
Can someone please tell me if they are keeping Mickey, Minnie and Donald;s boat somewhere in the new fantasyland at the MK at WDW?
Is the monkey Coco the monkey?
Is the barnstormer open again?
Love it that Humphrey the Bear appears on posters in Storybook Circus! He’s perfect because he was in the Goofy movie, “Hold That Pose.” And Goofy sure is “holding a pose” as the bullseye for the sword thrower! Fun stuff Disney.
“What hidden jokes did you recognize?”
I must not be up on my classics, I only spotted the easy reference to the Goofy “Aquamania” short.
Goofy waterskiing with an octopus wrapped around his head if from the cartoon short “Aquamania”and doesn’t Goofy wash a circus elephant named Dolores in the short “the Bug Wash”?
I really hope it is open for a little bit so my son and daughter can ride it when we come down on April 15th super excited to see the new stuff !!! <3 Disney soo much thank you posting these beautiful picture and telling us the story !
Shelby – It’s on track to be open fully by late March. 🙂
And Lumpjaw from the Bongo segment in “Fun and Fancy Free?”
That would be the tiger from the 1940’s short “Tiger Trouble,” right? I don’t know his name, if he has one.
I recognize the Bongo and Pecos Bill references in the posters, the others are escaping me at the moment…
Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn is a museum in Griffith Park out here in Los Angeles. It is a miniature barn used by Walt as a machine shop while operating his miniature “live steam” Carolwood Pacific Railroad layout in the backyard of his home. Hence the “Carolwood” and “Park” mentioned in the article. “Plane Crazy” (1928) was the first silent cartoon to feature Mickey Mouse. Unfortunately he could not find a distributor. Later that same year he releases “Steamboat Willie”; the first cartoon with sound to feature Mickey. After the huge success of Willie- Disney re-released “Plane Crazy” with sound. That is all I have been to find thus far!! 🙂
That’s good progress, Troy!
I love the details at the Great Goofini, and have enjoyed just exoploring the area looking for hidden treasures and references. In addition to the nod to the original Barnstormer, I also found tributes to Skyleidescope and If You Had Wings in one of the signs. The hunt continues! Bravo, Disney…. Bravo!
Good eye, Lou!
The Barnstormer was my very first roller coaster… When I was about 13! I was a slow starter! 🙂
WDI did a fantastic job on these posters, I really love some of the jokes and tributes in them!
Thank you so much for releasing them!
What hidden jokes did you recognize? 🙂
Okay, seriously, what is with the Monkey? He’s in every photo of Goofy throughout Storybook Circus, and I don’t recognize him from any particular Disney movie or short. Anyone better versed in Disney-lore have any idea who the monkey is and where he comes from? (And what he has to do with daredevil-Goofy?)
Nice to see the posters in better quality. Still wondering if that monkey has a name.