Knott's Berry Farm has installed a new evacuation system on its out-of-action WindSeeker spinning tower ride, with other Cedar Fair parks expected to follow suit.
The Orange County Register reports that the system incorporates a metal cage that is capable of transporting stranded riders to the ground from the top of the 301-feet-tall attraction. The cage can carry up to four guests at a time, meaning it will have to make a total of 8 trips if WindSeeker is filled to its 32-person capacity.
WindSeeker currently remains closed, following two separate incidents that saw riders stranded on it for several hours last year. Cedar Fair closed the identical WindSeeker attractions at Kings Island, Cedar Point, Canada's Wonderland, Carowinds and Kings Dominion in response to the incidents. Identical evacuation systems are due to be installed on the other parks' versions of the ride.
Several incidents during 2012 saw riders become stranded at the top of the WindSeeker towers, including one at Knott's Berry Farm on September 19 which left 20 riders stuck in mid-air. Cedar Fair subsequently announced an internal review into the causes of the breakdown, with the firm stating that none of the rides will reopen until this has been completed. No reopening dates have been given for the attractions.
The WindSeeker attractions were the first swinging tower rides built by Dutch firm Mondial, although rival firm Funtime has installed similar rides under the SkyScreamer name at rival Six Flags parks across the US. The attractions have been plagued by technical problems since they first debuted, with Knott's Berry Farm's eventually opening several months late in August 2011.