Cedar Point has finally opened its new attraction, WindSeeker, after overcoming technical problems with the 301-feet-tall tower ride.
The park announced via its Twitter account on Tuesday, June 14, that WindSeeker is now open to the public. Cedar Point had originally intended to open the ride on May 13, 2011, but heavy wind and rain limited its ability to test the 301-feet-tall attraction. Technical problems suffered by an identical ride at Canada's Wonderland then forced the park to make changes to its own version.
WindSeeker, manufactured by Mondial, sees guests swinging in circles around around the central tower in a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction. Riders 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 has replaced Ocean Motion in the Cedar Point Beach area. The park claims that the new ride is a tribute to the Sea Swings attraction, which dipped riders into the waters of Lake Erie in the early 1900s.
A video of WindSeeker undergoing nighttime testing is embedded below. It shows off the range of lighting effects that can be employed on the new attraction:
Sister parks Canada's Wonderland, Kings Island and Knott's Berry Farm have all suffered similar delays to the opening of identical WindSeeker rides. The only other installation of the ride to have opened to the public to date is Canada's Wonderland's, which is finally operational after a stuttering debut.
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