Carowinds has confirmed that it will follow in the footsteps of several other Cedar Fair parks and open a new spinning tower ride, WindSeeker, for the 2012 season.
Standing at 301-feet-tall, WindSeeker will tower some 69 feet above the current tallest ride at Carowinds, the Intimidator rollercoaster. The park will spend $6.5 million to install the new ride, which will be located in the Carolina RFD area of the park close to the entrance of Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular.
WindSeeker 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 as the arms extend outwards at a 45-degree angle, but will still be able to take in panoramic views of the park and beyond. A video render of the ride in action can be seen below:
A section of the lake close to the Nighthawk rollercoaster will be filled in to enable the installation of the new ride. As with the versions of the attraction that were opened at Canada's Wonderland, Cedar Point, Kings Island and Knott's Berry Farm in 2011, WindSeeker will feature an elaborate LED lighting array that will bring it to life in the evenings.
Describing WindSeeker, Carowinds' Vice President and General Manager Bart Kinzel said: "The sense of soaring thirty stories in the air will be both exhilarating and breathtaking at the same time. This new addition will give guests an unparalleled view, making it a must-ride attraction for both families and thrill-seekers alike. The immense scale of this ride alone will be truly stunning."
The news that Carowinds is adding a WindSeeker attraction in 2012 is likely to lead to speculation that other Cedar Fair parks will follow suit. Theme Park Tourist has recently featured full reviews of the rides at Kings Island and Cedar Point.
You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.