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The Barnstormer at Magic Kingdom

The Barnstormer ride is a kid-friendly style roller coaster at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom. The idea of The Barnstormer is that Goofy is piloting an aerial stunt show out of a barn.

Since the height requirement for The Barnstormer is minimal (35″) most children are able to experience the attraction. The Barnstormer usually serves as the perfect introduction to thrill rides for children.

This review will cover the Barnstormer in full detail so you can decide whether or not it’s something you need to add into your vacation plan.

Spoiler, if your children are teenagers and up, you’ll probably want to skip it. iI’s really geared toward smaller children.

Here’s a quick reference guide with details for the Barnstormer.

The BarnstormerMagic Kingdom


Storybook Circus

Disney Height Requirements:

35 inches

Magic Kingdom FastPass:


Ride Type:

Kiddie Roller-Coaster

Seats Per Vehicle:
Two, but it’s a very tight squeeze.

Rider Switch at Disney:


Extra Magic Hours:

Mornings and Evenings

Good For:


Scary Factor:


Must-Do List:

Low Priority

Perfect For:

Introducing children to roller coasters.

Special Mention:

It’s over before you know it!

The Barnstormer at Magic Kingdom

As mentioned above, The Barnstormer is Goofy’s attraction. In it, he plays the role of The Great Goofini. And you, his guest, are coming along for a flying tour over Storybook Circus in an aerial stunt show.

The line for this attraction forms at the very back of Storybook Circus. You can see the Tron roller coaster construction here pretty well. It’s much further along than in the photo.

While Goofy’s Barnstormer does offer FastPass+ you shouldn’t need it. It’s rare for this attraction to have a significant wait. The queue is actually charming. You might notice all the landing nets that also provide a little shade.

Once you reach the top of the queue you’ll find yourself in a barn and bard your ride vehicle. When riding with small children it’s a reasonable fit. But it would be fairly difficult or at least uncomfortable to ride with another adult.

Before you know it, you’ll be whisked away and headed toward trouble. This is Goofy’s ride after all.

Thankfully, you aren’t the first person to ever ride The Barnstormer as Goofy takes a short cut of sorts through the attractions sign.

And then the ride comes to a very abrupt end.

If you fear that your children might not do well, the duration of the coaster is approximately one minute. It’s really a blink and you’ll miss it type ride.

And for that reason, I also recommend riding it later if by chance you were to happen upon a lengthy wait time. Most evenings (after dark) there’s little to no wait and cast often let guests stay on for an extra ride when no one else is waiting in line.

There’s also a good area to stand out front and watch as the coaster soars through the sign. The coasters basically builds up to that instant before making a sharp turn and heading back to the barn. Watching from the outside first might help your child make the decision to ride it or not.

These rides are all in the nearby vicinity of The Barnstormer:

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