Knott's Berry Farm announces WindSeeker

Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:19 PM | Contributed by Jeff

WindSeeker will be designed and manufactured by Mondial, a company based in the Netherlands that has been creating thrill rides for the amusement park industry since 1987. Mondial is known for their innovative and unique rides and maintains the highest standards in regards to quality and safety.

WindSeeker will feature 32, 2-person gondolas that will ascend to a height of 301 feet. Once it has reached the top of the tower, WindSeeker will spread it’s metal arms swinging riders for a 60 second flight at a 45 degree angle at a speed of 8 rotations per minute.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:26 PM

Why is this one 301ft and the CW is at 300ft?

Not like it matters... Just curious what would make the difference, or just how the parks decided to round the height?

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:27 PM

I really wish they had gone with the real chains and swing seats like the (real) FunTime Starflyer rides. The predictable lapbars and metal bars look very controlled and not nearly as exciting - I wouldn't call these swings at all.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:37 PM

I suspect your opinion of dangling from chains would change after being at the top of that tower during high winds.


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:42 PM
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I would think that capacity may have been the reason. Looking at the star flyers they look like they only handle 24 per cycle while the Mondial is 64. That is a HUGE difference.


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:53 PM

It's probably a combination of both reason. I will concur with not wanting to be hanging from chains at 300-400 feet in the air.


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:54 PM

Highly doubt capacity was the biggest reason to go with the Mondial ride.

Knott's Berry Farm is located in inland Orange County, only a 10-15 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean.

Needless to say, things can get windy frequently, and a bunch of seats attached to chains flying around at a height of 300-feet would not function as intended.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:55 PM

Well I think that the Sky Cabin is more or less history.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:59 PM

Have they offically announced the Cedar Point one yet? I can't find anything on the Website showing as such.


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 1:08 PM
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Not till 2pm est.


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 3:34 PM

According to Funtime their model is capable of handling the wind load - the capacity is an issue though.

These just don't seem as fun.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 7:14 AM

The ride being structurally able to handle the wind load doesn't mean it can operate safely in the wind.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:06 PM

djDaemon said:
I suspect your opinion of dangling from chains would change after being at the top of that tower during high winds.

Screw the high winds, the StarFlyer terrified me when I rode it at Tivoi (Copenhagen), in a light breeze.

little chairs, on the end of those chains, and a bit of a twist due to a breeze. I was done. Get me down now! There was an open-ness about the FunTime seats that left you feeling very very exposed. To me it even felt different than typical wave swinger/yo-yo type swing seat.

I have no idea how the Mondial version will compare, but (to me) the arms vs/ chains issue, and the addition of OTS restraints would make for a decidedly milder experience.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:07 PM
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Which might be a good thing if you can get people on it. The last thing any of these parks need is more rides that eliminate half of the riding public.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:15 PM
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I rode the same one at Tivoli - I'm an advid thrill seeker - but I soiled my pants on that one. I'll take Steel bar over chains anyday.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:17 PM

kRaXLeRidAh said:
Highly doubt capacity was the biggest reason to go with the Mondial ride.

Knott's Berry Farm is located in inland Orange County, only a 10-15 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean.

Needless to say, things can get windy frequently, and a bunch of seats attached to chains flying around at a height of 300-feet would not function as intended.

Now you ought to know that the really bad winds are the Santa Anna winds coming in from the desert in the fall. Disney has had nothing but problems with the cable hung Golden Zephyr at DCA since it's opening.

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Friday, August 27, 2010 6:04 PM

Jerry said:
I rode the same one at Tivoli - I'm an advid thrill seeker - but I soiled my pants on that one. I'll take Steel bar over chains anyday.

I hear ya Jerry. There is something about that ride and those chains/seats that was VERY unnerving. The ride couldn't have ended soon enough for me

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Saturday, August 28, 2010 1:45 AM

Dutchman said:

kRaXLeRidAh said:
Highly doubt capacity was the biggest reason to go with the Mondial ride.

Knott's Berry Farm is located in inland Orange County, only a 10-15 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean.

Needless to say, things can get windy frequently, and a bunch of seats attached to chains flying around at a height of 300-feet would not function as intended.

Now you ought to know that the really bad winds are the Santa Anna winds coming in from the desert in the fall. Disney has had nothing but problems with the cable hung Golden Zephyr at DCA since it's opening.

I would imagine so in that case. Santa Anna Winds can get up to 90 mph at times (Same wind speed as a Catagory 2 Hurricane)


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