No one has noticed because well because no one goes on it.
Count me as one who doesn't mind it's closure - though I admit if I were walking by I would have noticed. I would prefer no attraction closures, since it just looks bad, but this one certainly won't impact my visit.
I said this statement because when was the last time when the ride operated at full capacity for longer than an hour and had a line queue that was not drained between cycles.
The ride does need to close sometimes because of the wind, but it doesn't matter, it's a very nice ride well within the "Midway/Pier" theme that existed in California during the early 20th century. I believe Walt would have loved this ride, just as Dumbo and the Rocket Jets have always been popular. Thing about this ride, is that it offers really wonderful views. It's also really cool how the CMs will often allow you to stay on the ride and take a 2nd turn.
Personally I would rather see them scrap Tower of Terror and Bigfoot Rapids before they touch the Zephyr. The Zephyr is charming to DCA as the horse drawn trolly is to DL in my opinion.
I've been checking the daily calendar and I noticed that GZ is not listed as closed starting on October 15th. Does anybody know if that's an official date or just a placeholder that was picked because nobody knows the actual date for it to open back up?
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News, you say. Am I the only one who thinks this ride is down nearly as much time as it is up. I get that it is a piece of amusement park history, but when a ride becomes as mechanically unreliable as Zephyr seems to be, it might be time to switch it out for something else. We pay a premium to attend Disney parks and IMO rides that are routinely out of service or take "3 weeks for a part"(ridiculous)need to go.
If it was to go away forever, I wouldn't miss it. There are other ways in the park to go around in a circle. The problem with removing it, however, is there still wouldn't really be enough room made to put in a first rate attraction, it seems.
Honestly, if they removed the Zephyr altogether, I don't think I'd notice. I forget that it's even there when it's open. But hey, if there are people who like it, and they're in line for that, it just makes the lines that I'm standing in for Soarin or Tower that much shorter.
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