Currently Active: Yes
Opening Year: 1983
The Swing of the Century is a wave swinger ride in Galaxyland.
The swing is one of the original attractions which remains in operation since Fantasyland’s opening day. Furthermore, it is one of the few rides which was not renamed or re-themed when the park changed from its original fantasy theme to its current space theme in 1995. However, the queue line has been simplified from its original state, with the removal of the pergola which was situated over the line-up area.
The ride is a Chair-O-Planes, manufactured by Zierer. The ride exists, with various names, elsewhere and throughout the world. One notable example is the Silly Symphony Swings in Disney’s California Adventure Park, located in Anaheim, California.
Guests of the ride are seated in swings hanging from an overhead platform. The riders slowly begin to travel in a circle, as the upper platform spins and begins to raise up higher from the ground. Once the platform is raised completely, the lights on the ride change from white to red, and the platform tilts. Riders are gently swung around in a circle as the tilted platform both propels the riders, and adjusts its own tilt in a slower, circular motion. The effect on the rider is a subtle up and down motion as they are swung around in a large circle.
The ride is one of the most iconic rides in Galaxyland, as its large presence is impossible to miss when walking around the southern area of the park.