Carowinds opens its Windseeker

Posted Monday, April 2, 2012 10:33 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Carowinds has put the wind into the faces of its guests – a sky-high, 30-mph wind. That’s the fastest the new WindSeeker ride spins its riders – up to 64 people at a time – round and round, with the WindSeeker’s swings extending to a 45-degree angle. From near the top of the 30-story attraction, riders get a panoramic view of South Carolina and North Carolina, amusement park officials said, and on a clear day you can see about 30 miles.

Read more and see video from The Herald.

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Monday, April 2, 2012 11:25 AM

I was a little unnerved at first, but the ride was quite pleasant. I think it'll be good for the park (Now if only they'll add a couple of THRILL flats), and people were talking about it over the weekend, both in and out of the park around here.

Park looks great, though, on opening day. I'll probably post a real review and pix when I get home from work.

Monday, April 2, 2012 11:37 AM

So I have seen video from the Kings Dominion WS and it like some of the older ones shows cars getting very close. So why did they not put dampers or such on the new Windseekers?

Monday, April 2, 2012 11:47 AM

I'm really hoping KD's Windseeker will be open when I head down about three weeks hence. It does hold a certain appeal for me, understanding it's not really a "thrill ride."

CoasterDaddy, was it a test video you saw from KI, or animation?

Monday, April 2, 2012 12:31 PM

The two new Windseekers are equiped with arm dampers.

Monday, April 2, 2012 3:55 PM

I would expect nothing less at this point. Were you trying to specify that they did it the same as Knotts or the way everyone else did it?

Monday, April 2, 2012 5:29 PM

There was a difference?

Monday, April 2, 2012 5:48 PM

The original three has dampers at the top of the arms connected to the carriage where the Knotts version has them connected from arm to arm.

Monday, April 2, 2012 5:55 PM

Interesting. I guess I never bothered to pay attention to that.

Monday, April 2, 2012 5:57 PM

All the 2011 insallations except Knotts had 3 small shock absorbers attached to the arm going at an upward 45 degree +/- attaching to something? Knotts' version has 1 long schock absorber going from arm to arm.


Cedar Point

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Monday, April 2, 2012 5:58 PM
Monday, April 2, 2012 7:19 PM

I remember going to CW last Halloween for The Haunt... We anxiously waited in a huge crowd to get to all the houses for the night (first time at the event, excellent by the way)... Ropes dropped and we were in a big mob of people... Up until, Windseeker. I was really surprised because at CP there does not seem to be the same draw as here for it. Once past Windseeker, we were nearly by ourselves. Hit every single house in the first hour and a half at the park... Was awesome!

I like Windseeker, it is a nice ride overall. Creeps me out a bit though... Engineering mind goes all over the place with that one... Pointed a few things out to a few engineers I worked with who went to CP and all felt the same way I did. So at least it was not just me :)

It is a nice, relaxing ride though. I am sure they will all enjoy it.

Monday, April 2, 2012 8:45 PM

Who the hell cares if the towers have dampers, shock absorbers, or whatever. If you can fit on it to begin with, just ride the damn thing and enjoy yourself. I've been on the one at Cedar Point and love the relaxing view of Lake Erie, as well as the theming and classical music. I doubt if any of you are capable of even noticing or enjoying that.

Monday, April 2, 2012 8:57 PM

You know, it's at the point now where you're just trolling to troll. It'd be nice if Jeff banned you. Maybe if people stop responding and there are a lack of page views, that'll happen (HINT to everyone else).

Last edited by Tekwardo, Monday, April 2, 2012 9:01 PM
Monday, April 2, 2012 9:17 PM

And you know, instead of counting nuts and bolts, it would be nice to see a few more comments on how fun the ride is. It's not like you are an engineer or even know what you are talking about to begin with.

I would care less at this point if I was banned. 25 dollars to me is like 25 cents to you. The interesting question is why do YOU care so much.

I like math and numbers, they are a lot of fun also. They hold myself and the universe together. I have to admit though, life would be less complicated without them!

Monday, April 2, 2012 9:31 PM

I didn't say anything about the dampers but how do you know who is or isn't an engineer here? And for the record, had you read, I did give my thoughts on the ride.

Like it matters. It seems like you're a douche just to be a douche. And it isn't just here.


Monday, April 2, 2012 9:46 PM

HaHaHaHa! If we got out on the golf course, it would not be a match. You would drop over by the fifth hole! Now THAT's a sport!

This is Coasterbuzz guy, not Walking Golf. That just reminded me, I need to get golfballs before the season starts. Dammit!

Monday, April 2, 2012 9:54 PM

You're right. I don't play golf. And it doesn't interest me. But, then, I don't go to golf forums and berate posters. It's really creepy that you get off so much doing that here.

Monday, April 2, 2012 9:56 PM

I can say one thing, this is more entertaining that discussing "Q profits."

Monday, April 2, 2012 10:20 PM

The whole world is creeping me out these days. I have some very interesting thoughts. Going back to the topic, I'm thinking: WOW, that big 300 foot tower thing that goes around is a lot of fun.

The only thing that bothers me about this attraction as well as the Dinosaurs Alive is that they are being cloned in all the Cedar Fair parks. I like to see uniqueness. That's what gives amusement parks their charm.

Monday, April 2, 2012 10:39 PM

I'd just like to reiterate once and finally that it's creepy in a Jerry Sandusky way that Phillip E Peavey III gets off in talking down to people on Internet message boards.


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