Kings Island has finally opened its new WindSeeker tower ride to the public, after suffering an extended delay due to technical problems.
WindSeeker made its debut on Tuesday, June 21, having originally been due to open at the start of the park's 2011 season. The 301-feet-tall ride sees guests swinging in circles around a central tower, in a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction.
A video of WindSeeker in action on its opening day at Kings Island is embedded below, courtesy of CoasterForce.
The new addition is 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 stretches some eighteen miles on a clear day, with decorative lighting making 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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