What's old will be new again when Disney California Adventure in Anaheim reopens the unimaginative Mulholland Madness roller coaster June 3 with a new Goofy's Sky School theme.
The Goofy overlay removes the giant Southern California foldout map and Caltrans roadwork signs from the off-the-shelf wild mouse ride that justly earned Disney California Adventure its on-the-cheap reputation.
Photos: Concept art of Goofy's Sky School at Disney California Adventure
Inspired by the 1940 cartoon short "Goofy's Glider," the ride's new flying-academy backstory follows the attempts by the clumsy anthropomorphic dog to teach a group of novice pilots how to fly. Naturally, things go awry.
Riders will climb to the top of the 55-foot-tall family coaster through clouds festooned with Goofy-shaped holes and pass by a series of step-by-step billboards explaining how to fly.
The old four-person Mulholland Madness cars will get a modest makeover, replacing the automobile theme with a new paint job, Goofy graphics and a small winglet on the nose.
The complete makeover of Mulholland Madness marks the third ride in three years that Disney California Adventure has retooled in an effort to add more classic Disney characters to the under-performing Anaheim theme park.