Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:02 PM | Contributed by PCWCoasterBoy
Canada’s Wonderland takes excitement to new heights in 2011, with the addition of WindSeeker – a 30-storey swing ride.
Towering high above the Park, WindSeeker will ascend 301 feet (91.7M) and spread its metal arms, swinging riders at a 45-degree angle at speeds up to 50 kilometers per hour. WindSeeker will feature 32 two-person swings that will provide riders with a sensational feeling of weightlessness as their feet dangle at heights never experienced before at Wonderland.
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What?!? No "SkyCore"?!?
Knotts announced the same ride.
Isnt Cedar Point suppose to make annoucement today at 2pm on the samething?Last edited by xRampagex, Tuesday, August 24, 2010 1:31 PM
Call me a whiner but this is very disappointing. The scariest part of the (real) StarFlyer rides from FunTime is the fact that you are so high in those flimsy chain swing seats. They are totally safe even at high wind speeds (see today's press release from the company on Screamscape) and the open chain swings are TERRIFYINGLY awesome.
This new model at CW and Knotts (and assumedly the CP one as well) uses metal rods instead of chains and lapbars attached to huge plastic chairs rather than the swings. Count me as one of those that was extremely excited by the thought of flying around in chain swings at 300ft (like some of the other towers in other countries) but is now bummed at how unexciting and predictable the metal arms are. From the looks of it it it's a completely rigid structure which will leave no swaying, swinging or free flying feeling at all!
They are totally safe even at high wind speeds (see today's press release from the company on Screamscape)...
Funtime spews a lot of nonsense, though ;)Last edited by d_port_12E, Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:53 PM
Wasn't that Russian plane ride that snapped a cable recently a Funtime ride?
Looks like it might be mildly amusing and horrific for anyone with fear of heights. I suspect the line for this will be a bit more brutal than the average new attraction. 32 seats with a 3 minute cycle time. I've never been on this this version but have been on a traveling StarFlyer and the load and unload was super slow.
Those are 32 two-person swings. Total ride capacity is 64. Which puts it on par with many 'E' ticket flats.
The seat count was less but it was the load and unload process that was the issue on the StarFlyer. It seemed almost everyone needed assistance from staff to engage the restraint. There also may have been a manual lock that staff had to engage as well but memory is hazy. The unload also seemed to be tedious with most needing assistance to figure out how to get out. We only went on it once despite there not being much of a line because of this.
However the restraints look more simple on this version so hope it's less of an issue.
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