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Cedar Point is reported to be aiming to open its 301-feet-tall WindSeeker ride on May 13, 2011, in time for a special charity event.

The Sandusky Register reports that park officials are "confident" that the ride will be ready for the opening day of the 2011 season on May 14. The park hopes that WindSeeker will make its debut a day earlier, in time for the charity event in aid of the Red Cross.

Guests at the event will be able to pay $100 to be among the first riders on WindSeeker, and can also enter for $50 if they don't wish to ride. The price of admission includes free parking, entry into a prize draw, hot dogs from Pink's, a commemorative medallion, a certificate of participation and a preview performance of "Tropical Heat, Island Beat" at the Red Garter Saloon.

Cedar Point is one of a number of Cedar Fair parks due to open a WindSeeker attraction in 2011. The rides, manufactured by Mondial, see guests swinging in circles around 301-feet-tall towers in a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction. Riders will reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour but will still have time to take in panoramic views of the parks and beyond.

At Cedar Point, WindSeeker will replace Ocean Motion in the Cedar Point Beach area. The park claims that the new ride will be a tribute to the Sea Swings attraction, which dipped riders into the waters of Lake Erie in the early 1900s.

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