Cedar Point's Windseeker will not be ready for opening day

Posted Friday, May 6, 2011 11:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff

While last year's opening of Shoot the Rapids was delayed because of technical problems, this year's new ride — WindSeeker — is off to a slow start because of northern Ohio's wicked weather. WindSeeker will not be running when the park opens on May 14.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 5:24 PM
Jerry's avatar

Maybe - We shall see.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 2:04 AM

I was thinking something along those lines, Jerry, on my first rides last week. It was strange having the ride arms continuing to sway and shift as the guests were unloaded. It seemed very un-Cedar Fair-ian to me.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 2:06 AM
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Am I the only one who sees this thing as a glorified Wave Swinger?


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 2:10 AM

Well, I understand that point of view. But it's also true that the seats on Wave Swinger, chains and all, probably don't weigh more than 10 or 15 pounds tops. Whereas with Windseeker, you're talking about a fixed metal arm supporting a whole two-person gondola, which together probably weight hundreds of pounds (I should imagine). That's a heckuva lot more potential momentum we're talking about.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:08 AM
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No Jeff, you not the only one.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:32 AM
Jerry's avatar

Now the lawyers will read this thread - and require an employee to steady the seat during load unload- further extending the heinous wait time... ha.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:56 AM

I would think - ANY motion - not governed by the mechanics of the ride would be of concern to be worried about.

Except that the thing is *designed* for significant side-to-side movement, and side-to-side doesn't have you bumping other chairs. Front-to-back does. It is perfectly reasonable to want to over-dampen front-to-back movement vs. side-to-side, and (again, assuming I remember my mechanics course) that's what the configuration of the shocks does.

And, as far as anyone can tell, the wait time isn't particularly heinous. I got in in about 15 minutes mid-afternoon last Friday.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:35 AM
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It was about a 1 hour and 20 Min wait on Fathers day - one of the slower days in the park - Call it new ride syndrome - but that was heinous.

And either way - with a chair moving that is overly large and you have to "Hop" into- I see an issue there. It shouldn't move if the rider has to hop into it.

Last edited by Jerry, Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:36 AM
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Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:50 AM

That's good. I'd been hearing other reports of pretty short lines, too. Perhaps those were just aberrations.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 1:15 PM
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I was there on Fathers day and only waited 30 minutes.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 2:09 PM
Jerry's avatar

Lucky YOU!

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Friday, June 24, 2011 7:10 PM

Jerry, you didn't stay long enough on father's day, we stayed through the last rain shower, and had 3 glorious hours of ride time, with nobody there. Rode Windseeker twice, total wait time, less than 5 minutes.

As for the motion, I didn't notice a whole lot of front to back motion during the ride, more when people were getting on/off.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:24 PM

Just rode it yesterday, and man, what a view! The concerns about the front to back motion while the ride is slowing down are pretty much irrelevant with a full load (didn't get to see it run empty or with less than a full load). I will say that they do need to add some height to the loading area underneath the swings, because I had to lift myself up a bit and almost caught between the legs. Getting off the ride was still a bit of a jump down, even at 6'2", and yes, the seats do swing quite a bit on the ground if you want them to, but not enough to knock the seats in front or behind.


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