Kings Island has confirmed that it plans to open its new WindSeeker tower ride on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, after overcoming technical problems.
The park announced the opening date via its official Twitter account, bringing to an end weeks of speculation over when WindSeeker would finally make its debut. A spokesman for the park informed WLWT.com that inspectors from the Ohio state agriculture department were due to complete final testing of the ride on Monday, June 20.
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.
The ride was originally due to open in time for the start of the park's 2011 season, but severe weather conditions caused this to be delayed. The opening day was pushed back further after technical problems affected an identical ride at Canada's Wonderland, but the Kings Island claims that these are now fully resolved. Last week, the LA Times reported that the issue affecting the WindSeeker rides was that the angled arms to which the seats are attached "bounced too much". Dampers are said to be have been added to the arms to reduce the effect.
Sister parks Canada's Wonderland, Cedar Point and Knott's Berry Farm have all suffered similar delays to the opening of identical WindSeeker rides. Both Canada's Wonderland and Cedar Point have been able to open their versions of the attraction, with Knott's Berry Farm expected to follow suit in July.
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