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Golden Zephyr, Anaheim

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Golden Zephyr is an attraction at Paradise Gardens Park in Disney California Adventure Park built by D. H. Morgan Manufacturing. Themed to the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon style rocket ships, it takes park guests on a relaxing trip. Unlike its cousins Dumbo and the Astro Orbiter next door in Disneyland, the Golden Zephyr rockets are controlled by centripetal motion over Paradise Bay and can not 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. In designing the ride, Disney engineers visited Pleasure Beach 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.

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). Neither this attraction, nor Jumpin' Jellyfish were removed or changed as part of the billion-dollar expansion.
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  • We rode the ride early in the morning. The line was short. It exceeded my expectations. The breeze felt nice. I was dizzy. The view was great. My husband rode it twice more. It was a fun... 
    We rode the ride early in the morning. The line was short. It exceeded my expectations. The breeze felt nice. I was dizzy. The view was great. My husband rode it twice more. It was a fun...  more »
  • This is a nice quick ride if the line isn’t too long. Lots of people load at the same time, so it’s pretty quick. The views of the surrounding rides are neat. 
    This is a nice quick ride if the line isn’t too long. Lots of people load at the same time, so it’s pretty quick. The views of the surrounding rides are neat.  more »
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  • We loved this!! My 4 year old said it was her favorite ride all day. While its not an exciting ride for an adult her screams and laughter made it so. Anyone with young kids definitely needs to stop at this ride. The line moves pretty quick but it does take a couple minutes to load and unload.
  • This is a fun little ride where you ride in rockets in a circle and move higher as you go faster. My kids had a fun time with this ride for as simple as it is.

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