Kings Island officials have claimed that the park is making progress towards opening its new WindSeeker tower ride, but have so far refused to be drawn on a precise date.
Fox19.com reports that the ride is still in the initial phase of testing, and that the park is unable to confirm a timeline for its debut. The ride failed to open in time for the start of the park's 2011 season, with the park blaming severe weather conditions for the delay.
The report quotes Kings Island spokesman Don Helbig as saying: "Every day, we're making progress and hope to have it open soon. As soon as we get it open, I think everyone will be excited to get on WindSeeker."
WindSeeker is a 301-feet-tall ride that will see guests swinging in circles around a central tower, in a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction. The new addition will be located in the Coney Mall area close to the exit of the Vortex rollercoaster. Kings Island claims that visibility from the top of the ride will be some eighteen miles on a clear day, and decorative lighting will make the attraction a notable landmark for drivers on Interstate 71.
Identical rides are opening at several other Cedar Fair parks in 2011, including Canada's Wonderland, Cedar Point and Knott's Berry Farm. All of the parks have been forced to delay the opening dates of the WindSeeker attractions, with most blaming high winds and heavy rain. However, Screamscape reports that Cedar Point's delay may be down to issues with the prototype ride's wiring, rather than purely external factors.
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