Cedar Fair Windseeker rides close after malfunction at Carowinds

Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:38 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The WindSeeker ride at Carowinds malfunctioned Sunday, stranding 64 passengers high above the amusement park for more than an hour. The malfunction happened at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday — a year and two weeks after the same ride malfunctioned in the same way. The malfunction caused Cedar Fair, which owns Carowinds, to suspend WindSeeker operations at six locations.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:51 AM

Well cant imagine these things will last longer, which is too bad they were a neat ride. Ive been able to seek wind at 4 Cedar Fair parks. Am I wrong in thinking Carrowinds version is smaller then the others?


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:54 AM

So was the rescue device put into service, or were those more for looks? I don't imagine it would have saved time anyway. Back to the drawing board...spiral slide down?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:07 AM
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With as cold as it gets up there, I would hate to be stranded. Looks like I'm over these rides.

They should probably buy cabins for them all, and just make them into space spirals :)


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:21 PM

Broken Wind

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:36 PM
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As I understand it, they're back up already, unless I misunderstood what my friend told me.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:00 PM
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I was at Cedar Point on Sunday, and Wind Seeker was closed all day. It was also very windy and cold there on Sunday, not to mention the rain that closed pretty much everything else. Though Max Air was operating, with a huge line.

I was able to ride Wind Seeker on Thursday, and I don't see why they even invested in this ride. Other, than breaking a height record, it's not really that exciting. It's certainly got it's height going for it, but other than that, it's just an ok ride. But, BRRRRR!! It's cold up there!!

I don't think they will be adding any more to their parks in the future. It's very pretty at night. They also have a pretty awesome light show going on the Giant wheel, that makes different images, like a spinning heart, and other images.

Cedar point is beautiful at night.


I didn't do it! I swear!!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:26 PM

Timber-Rider said:

I don't think they will be adding any more to their parks in the future

Are there any major CF parks that don't have one already?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:06 PM
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Michigan's Adv-- Oh wait, you said "major CF parks."

~Rob

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:50 PM

Off the top of my head, CF parks missing one are:

MA

WOF

VF!

CGA

I could see CGA or WOF being able to support one (considering Carrowinds can) but I doubt the other two would get it.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:59 PM
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I'd think Valleyfair! would stand a better chance than CGA. Doesn't CGA have height restrictions? I could be wrong, but all their vertical rides seem pretty small and I know that SJC isn't far away.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:01 PM
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Why would any park want to 'support' a ride that doesn't work? I would want some sort of new guarantee from the manufacturer first.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:01 PM

Yes, I believe CGA does have a height restriction due to its location in relation to San Jose International.

Of course in Northern California parks just get around that stuff by tilting the ride at a 45 degree angle.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:17 PM
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Since my first trip to WoF (OE's last season) and the recent trip a couple years ago, the rides added include Spinning Dragons, Patriot, and Prowler, the best GCII coaster by a considerable margin. Then a classic carousel courtesy of Geauga Lake. I couldn't believe HOW much the line-up had improved!

TimberWolf's rejuvenation would be a huge plus, prob. better than anything else the park could do, IMO.

ValleyFair! has a pretty sweet line-up of its own. Excalibur and the Mad Mouse, with the Impulse, more than make up for the fact that Renegade is several steps below Prowler.

CGA is the park that got "cleared out" during the time when it looked like CF was determined to sell. Gold Striker is a huge addition, and may signal a change in direction for the park...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:18 PM
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CreditWh0re said:

Timber-Rider said:

I don't think they will be adding any more to their parks in the future

Are there any major CF parks that don't have one already?

So is it safe to assume that Dorney will be adding six slightly used Windseekers next year?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:55 PM

They could call the ride complex the "Wind Farm" and theme it to going green and the park's recycling efforts.


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:16 AM

The whole suspended/hanging/inverted thing sounds promising, since Dorney seems to REALLY like those. :P


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:05 AM
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I bet Funtime, the makers of the Starflyer ride, is laughing it up right about now.


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:43 AM
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Considering that Mondial basically clones other companies' designs, including this one, they might even consider it karmic.


Parallel lines on a slow decline.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:50 AM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Other than the ride being a swing that goes in circles, the designs are pretty different as compared to the star flyers.


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