Knott's Berry Farm's much-delayed WindSeeker tower ride has finally opened to the public, offering them the chance to soar 301-feet above the park.
The opening of the new attraction was confirmed by the official Knott's Berry Farm Twitter account on August 19, 2011. The park is the last of four Cedar Fair properties to debut a version of the tower ride in 2011, resulting in WindSeeker failing to open until the tail end of the busy summer season.
WindSeeker, announced last August, sees guests swinging in circles around a 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 still have time to take in panoramic views of the park and beyond. It has become second-tallest ride at Knott's Berry Farm, after the 312-feet-tall Supreme Scream drop tower.
Knott's Berry Farm suffered a delayed start to the construction of WindSeeker, having switched its location to enable the long-standing Sky Cabin ride to remain in place. Despite this, it had still originally hoped to open the ride between Memorial Day (May 30) and the Fourth of July. Technical problems encountered with versions of the ride at other Cedar Fair locations caused further delays.
The other Cedar Fair parks to debut WindSeeker attractions this year are Kings Island, Canada's Wonderland and Cedar Point. Theme Park Tourist has recently featured full reviews of the rides at Kings Island and Cedar Point.
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