Golden Zephyr

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Golden Zephyr
Golden Zephyr Logo.png
Golden Zephyr from Jellyfish.jpg
Disney California Adventure
Area Paradise Pier
Status Operating
Opening date February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08)
General statistics
Manufacturer D. H. Morgan Manufacturing
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Seaside Boardwalk, 1920s Era
Height 90 ft (27 m)
Vehicle type Rocket
Vehicles 6
Riders per vehicle 12
Rows 6
Riders per row 2
Duration 1:30
Must transfer from wheelchair

Golden Zephyr is an attraction at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure Park built by D. H. Morgan Manufacturing.[1] 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[2] 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.


  1. ^ Reckard, E. Scott (2000-10-05). "It's Back to the Drawing Board for Disney's Troublesome Zephyr". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Traver Circle Swing". Retrieved September 12, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 33°48′21.46″N 117°55′20.09″W / 33.8059611°N 117.9222472°W / 33.8059611; -117.9222472