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Golden Zephyr is an attraction at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Themed to the Buck Rogers and the Flash Gordon style rocket ships, it takes guests on a relaxing trip. Unlike its cousins, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Astro Orbitor in Disneyland, its rockets are controlled by centripetal motion over Paradise Bay and can't be automatically controlled to go up and down.

On April 30, 2021, Disneyland Resort reopened after being temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, Disney California Adventure announced that all rides and attractions remained closed.

Summary

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 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 can't operate at constant wind speeds over 10 miles per hour (16 km/h), or gusts over 15 miles per hour (24 km/h). It, along with Jumpin' Jellyfish, was not removed nor changed as part of the park's billion-dollar expansion from 2007 to 2012, despite rumors of its closure.

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Hollywood Land
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Grizzly Peak
Grizzly River RunSoarin' Around the WorldRedwood Creek Challenge Trail

Seasonal: Villains Grove

Pacific Wharf
Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar
Cars Land
Radiator Springs RacersMater's Junkyard JamboreeLuigi's Rollickin' Roadsters

Seasonal: Haul-O-Ween • Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree • Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween • Mater's Jingle Jamboree

Paradise Gardens Park
Goofy's Sky SchoolSilly Symphony SwingsJumpin' JellyfishThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea AdventureGolden Zephyr
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Current Entertainment
World of Color (Reopening Soon)

Seasonal: Disney's Celebrate America • World of Color: Seasons of Light • World of Color: Villainous • Frightfully Fun Parade

Former Attractions and Entertainment
A Bug's Land (Flik's FlyersFrancis' Ladybug BoogieHeimlich's Chew Chew TrainIt's Tough to Be a Bug! • Princess Dot Puddle Park • Tuck & Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies) • Hyperion Theater (Aladdin: A Musical SpectacularFrozen: Live at the Hyperion) • California Screamin'Disney Junior - Live on Stage!Golden DreamsKing Triton's Carousel of the SeaLuigi's Flying TiresMaliboomerMission Tortilla FactoryMuppet*Vision 3DPaint the NightSuperstar LimoThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorWho Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It!S.S. RustworthyDisney's LuminAriaDisney's Electrical ParadeDisney's Eureka! A California ParadeBlock Party BashPixar Play ParadeCondor Flats (Paradise PierGolden State) • Red Car TrolleyThe Bakery Tour

Seasonal: World of Color: Winter Dreams • World of Color: Celebrate! - The Wonderful World of Walt Disney

Resorts
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & SpaDisney's Paradise Pier Hotel
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