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Knott's Berry Farm aims for mid-July opening date for WindSeeker tower ride

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Knott's Berry Farm is aiming to open its delayed WindSeeker tower ride by mid-July, according to a new report.

The LA Times reports that the park has now completed construction of WindSeeker's 301-feet-tall tower, with work now underway to install electrical systems. The ride has been updated to reflect technical problems suffered by sister park Canada's Wonderland, which recently opened its own version of WindSeeker.

Knott's Berry Farm suffered a delayed start to its construction of WindSeeker, having switched its location to enable the long-standing Sky Cabin ride to remain in place. Despite this, it had still hoped to open the ride between Memorial Day (May 30) and the Fourth of July.

WindSeeker, announced last August, will see guests swinging in circles around a central tower 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. It will be the second-tallest ride at Knott's Berry Farm, after the 312-feet-tall Supreme Scream drop tower.

Designed by Dutch manufacturer Mondial, WindSeeker is a recent model that was only announced in February 2010. At the time, the manufacturer said it had been designed to meet the needs of parks that were demanding a "tall swing ride" that could be operated in normal wind conditions - something which it claims is achieved by using the steel arms in place of more flexible chains. Rival manufacturer Funtime has since disputed Mondial's claims that its StarFlyer rides cannot operate in strong winds, claiming that its attractions are already operating in areas that regularly face such conditions.

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