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  • Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

    As much as I think we all know what the fate of the Golden Zephyr is anyway, I'd still like to know what people think. I've always thought it's a great ride, however, I have also found it to be waste of space. In my opinion any ride that must shut down based up on 2-5 MPH winds really shouldn't be in a Disney park.

    What do you guys think? Remove? Upgrade? Leave it alone as is?

    ...Joe...

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    Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

    You are incorrect because you are listening/reading biased sources. The Golden Zephyr was altered several years ago and now functions on most days except during high winds.
    As to what they should do with it ... nothing. It's a great, majestic ride that genuinely recalls the bygone days of the seaside resorts that Paradise Pier is themed to emulate.

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    • #3
      Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

      it really doesnt take up that much space. though it is useless, short, and at times boring. it is cool flying over the water. but, i really didn't get the point of that ride, like how it fits in the environment.

      but I's say put a new ride or just upgrade it.

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        Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

        Originally posted by The Goddess Mara View Post
        You are incorrect because you are listening/reading biased sources. The Golden Zephyr was altered several years ago and now functions on most days except during high winds.
        As to what they should do with it ... nothing. It's a great, majestic ride that genuinely recalls the bygone days of the seaside resorts that Paradise Pier is themed to emulate.
        Actually I'm doing no such thing. Many times, recently, I have gone to DCA with my partner and the ride has been shut down when there has been no wind at all, but told it was shut down due to wind. I received this reason from multiple cast members. So no, I'm not just listening/reading to biased sources, I'm going off of my own experiences and observations. Also, as for the fate of the ride I'm only going by the articles I've read about the potential changes to that corner of the park.

        ...Joe...

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        • #5
          Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

          Oh that one. Yeah, remove it and sell it to someone who wants it.

          I thought you were talking about the California Zephyr, the classic train whose facade houses Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream, Baker's Field Bakery and Engine-Ears Toys. That I like.

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          • #6
            Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

            A ride like Golden zephyr would be a better draw for guests at the Pardise Pier hotel or something. An extra something to do next to the pool. As it is, it's not enough of a draw for DCA guests.


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            • #7
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              Put it on top of the Stratosphere Tower in Vegas - Now that would be a ride!
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                Originally posted by themur View Post
                Put it on top of the Stratosphere Tower in Vegas - Now that would be a ride!
                Now THAT idea I love! I would just hope that the cables wouldn't snap! Talk about, "Oh nooooooooo, Mr. Bill!!!!!!!!"

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                  Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                  Might make an interesting planter.
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                    Originally posted by JosephTNielsen View Post
                    Now THAT idea I love! I would just hope that the cables wouldn't snap! Talk about, "Oh nooooooooo, Mr. Bill!!!!!!!!"

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                    • #11
                      Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                      The Golden Zephyr is the ride in which silver bullet-like cars swing around in a counterclockwise direction, somewhat over the water, and somewhat over the asphault connecting Golden Dreams to California Screamin', correct? If so, I would say get rid of. I rode that ride twice, and both times didn't find it interesting enough. It is a good cooldown ride, especially after Grizzley River Run, but other than that somewhat boring. It is good for the little kids, which is a plus for it.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Janie View Post
                        LMAO!!!!! I LOVE IT! THANK YOU!!!! BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! GOOD SHOW!!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                          Get rid of it! I've never understood why it is called the Golden Zephyr when it is silver. I don't get why that ride doesn't even have a rope across the doorway, only a plastic buckle, and you are out over the concrete and water, but you have to buckle up to go 2 mph on Heimlich. The only one in that area that I wouldn't mind them keeping would be Jumpin' Jellyfish. Only because kids can go on that and think they are on the same kind of ride as Maliboomer. Personally, it freaks me out , but my 5 & 6 y.o.s like it. I'm scared of heights and feel like I'm going to fall off, but try to tell myself the whole time that I'm safe and my DSs are having fun so I should too :blush: . But the GZ is a waste. JMO.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                            Wow. Different folks, different opinions. There you have it.

                            We love the Golden Zephyr and hate the jumping jelly fish.
                            I hope they don't do anything to the Zepyhr... it's fun as it is.

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                              Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                              Originally posted by Alestro Bakai View Post
                              I hope they don't do anything to the Zepyhr... it's fun as it is.
                              That needs to go. I went on it once when DCA first opened and I was bored to tears and every time I have gone to DCA it's closed.
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                              • #16
                                Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                                OK.... golden zepher....... yeah, very unimaginative.... not needed, pass,.....

                                WAIT..... put in the center of the revolving stage in innoventions...but going he other way...... yeah, yeah.......corrodinate the speed and call it SPACESHIP EARTH... or something..... or then around it put dozens of little puppets all singing..... and call it IT"S A SMALL SPACESHIP EARTH... wait wait..... in the center have a robot that looks like Abe Lincoln and call it GREAT MOMENTS WITH A SMALL SPACESHIP.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                                  Originally posted by Experiment626 View Post
                                  That needs to go. I went on it once when DCA first opened and I was bored to tears and every time I have gone to DCA it's closed.
                                  Well, it does depend on if you're with kids and what age they are. Agreed, I'm not sure if I'd go on it all by my lonely self, but my kids love it.

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                                    We really like the zephyr - although it's way too short. But, most times, you can stay on and ride it again. My kids also love the jumping jellyfish. Just remember, not all rides are for adults - It's exciting to a 5 year old and 7 year old!
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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                                      The Golden Zephyr is a larger version of a ride that once was a staple of most amusement parks in this country. They were built by the Traver Engineering Co, the same firm that built the famous/infamous Cyclone coasters of the 1920'a. Originally built with dirrigible style tubs, they were upgraded to airplanes by the WWI era, most of the rides that made it into the 1930's-40's were fitted with the stainless steel rocket ships built by Traver's successor R. E. Chambers.
                                      The DCA/Paradise Pier version was built by Morgan Manufacturing. It was built taller and with larger tubs to increase capacity. These changes resulted with the instabilites it encountered with the winds. I have ridden several original Traver/Chambers rocket ships and it would take some really severe weather to shut them down. The Morgan version is also faster than the originals, probabaly owing to the increased diameter of the sweeps due to the larger tubs.
                                      In all fairness it was an attempt to replicate a classic old school ride. Astehically they suceeded. The problems with the aerodynamics were probably not forseen as the originals never really had a problem with them.
                                      Last edited by Dutchman; 10-15-2006, 12:49 PM.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Golden Zephyr - What Should Be Done To It?

                                        I never see it running while Block Party is out.. always find that odd..

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