Zodiac (Wonderland Sydney)

Zodiac
Wonderland Sydney
Location Eastern Creek, New South Wales, Australia
Status Defunct
Operated 1989 to 26 April 2004
Kings Island
Location Mason, Ohio, USA
Operated 1975 to 1986
Replaced by Flight Commander
Statistics
Manufacturer Waagner-Biro
Product Giant Double Wheel
Capacity 24 gondolas
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Zodiac was a Giant Double Wheel manufactured by Waagner-Biro that was previously located at Wonderland Sydney in Eastern Creek, New South Wales, Australia from 1989 through 2004. It originally operated at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA from 1975 through 1986.

History

Zodiac originally opened at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA in 1975.[1] According to Thomas Fry, a park official, a Ferris Wheel was one of the most requested rides in customer surveys. Fry stated that the park had not purchased one as they a relatively low capacity of 300 riders per hour, compared to an expected capacity of over 2,000 for the new Double Ferris Wheel.[2] The attraction was referred to as Giant Double Wheel its first year, before being identified as Zodiac from 1976 onward.[3]

Zodiac operated at Kings Island through 1986. It was disassembled in early 1986 and later relocated to Wonderland Sydney.[3]

Zodiac opened within the Transylvania section at Wonderland Sydney in 1989.[4] It operated through 2004, then was removed in 2005.[5]

References

  1. "Zodiac". https://kicentral.com/parkhistory/past-attractions/zodiac/. Retrieved 2021-12-17. 
  2. "Kings Island Expands For 1975 Season", The Cincinnati Enquirer (1975-04-15), pp. 30. Retrieved on 19 December 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Zodiac". KICentral. https://kicentral.com/parkhistory/past-attractions/zodiac/. Retrieved 2021-12-20. 
  4. "The Zodiac". Wonderland Sydney. http://www.wonderlandhistory.net/content/the_zodiac. Retrieved 2021-12-20. 
  5. "Zodiac Removal". Wonderland Sydney. http://www.wonderlandhistory.net/content/zodiac_removal. Retrieved 2021-12-20. 
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