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Golden Zephyr
Golden Zephyr
Disney California Adventure
Land Paradise Pier
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Seaside Boardwalk 1940's Era
Opening date February 8, 2001
Vehicle type Rocket
Cars per vehicle 6
Guests per car 12
Ride duration 1:30 minutes
Enviromental Restrictions Light Winds
Golden Zephyr is an attraction at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in California. It opened on February 8, 2001. Themed to the Buck Rogers and the Flash Gordon style rocket ships, it takes park guests on a relaxing trip. Unlike its cousins Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Astro Orbitor in Disneyland Park, the Golden Zephyr rockets are controlled by centripetal motion over Paradise Bay and cannot be automatically controlled to go up and down.

The Golden Zephyr's design comes from the Harry Traver Circle Swing rides of the early 20th century, specifically the Aerostat / Strat-O-Stat ride that operated at Riverview Park in Chicago, Illinois. In designing the ride, Disney engineers visited Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Blackpool, England to examine the Captive Flying Machines, a similar (but much larger) ride designed by Sir Hiram Maxim, and which has operated there since 1904.

Unfortunately, the ride cannot operate at constant wind speeds over 10 miles per hour (16 km/h), or gusts over 15 miles per hour (24 km/h). This attraction, along with Jumpin' Jellyfish was not be removed nor charged as part of the parks billion-dollar expansion from 2007 to 2012, despite rumors of its closure. 

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