After a brief and troubled stay at Knott's Berry Farm, spinning tower ride WindSeeker is on its way out - and will be installed at sister park Worlds of Fun.
WindSeeker will be renamed as SteelHawk, and will debut at its new home in 2014. The ride has been standing but not operating at Knott's Berry Farm for months, having suffered from a series of technical failures. This has included several incidents that saw riders stranded at the top of its 301-foot tower, as well as a lengthy delay before it originally opened in August 2011.
Owner Cedar Fair's press release regarding the new ride makes no mention of SteelHawk's past life. Instead, Worlds of Fun's General Manager Frank Wilburn says: "SteelHawk takes riders higher than any other ride currently at Worlds of Fun. SteelHawk will be a spectacular showpiece that will be seen for miles."
Similar to WindSeeker rides at several other Cedar Fair parks, SteelHawk 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 surroundings.
SteelHawk is the first spinning tower ride at a Cedar Fair park not to feature the WindSeeker name. Given the problems associated with the existing rides, it may be that the chain is hoping to move away from a name that is increasingly associated with breakdowns.
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