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Report: Canada's Wonderland on course to open WindSeeker by end of May 2011

WindSeeker render

A new report suggests that Canada's Wonderland will open its new WindSeeker attraction prior to the end of May 2011, having resolved a technical issue with the tower ride.

Screamscape reports that the new date has been made possible by the addition of "hydraulic dampers" to the ride's arms, although this has not been confirmed by the park. The dampers are said to prevent excessive movement by the arms, which swing guests around a 301-feet-tall tower in a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction.

If true, the technical issue could also have contributed to delays in opening the planned WindSeeker attractions at Kings Island, Cedar Point and Knott's Berry Farm. The prototype rides, manufactured by Mondial, are the first to be installed anywhere in the world. Opening dates for the new attractions have yet to be confirmed by any of the four Cedar Fair parks that plan to open them in 2011.

Testing has recommenced on Canada's Wonderland's version of WindSeeker, having been delayed by wet and windy weather conditions. A recent test run can be seen in the video below:

WindSeeker will become the tallest ride at Canada's Wonderland, standing some 70 feet taller than the previous tallest rides Drop Tower and the Behemoth rollercoaster. It will sit on the site of the Jet Scream attraction, which has been removed from the park.

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