|Disney California Adventure|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Theme||Seaside Boardwalk 1940's Era|
|Opening date||February 8, 2001|
|Cars per vehicle||6|
|Guests per car||12|
|Ride duration||1:30 minutes|
|Enviromental Restrictions||Light Winds|
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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