Knott's WindSeeker getting evac platform

Monday, March 25, 2013 10:25 PM

I looked at the picture and I cannot for the life of me understand how that triangular truss thing is supposed to rescue people trapped on Windseeker.

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Monday, March 25, 2013 11:48 PM

Step 1: Assemble evacuation platform.
Step 2: ??
Step 3: Profit!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:00 AM

^"Underpants!" is esp. appropriate considering the height of the ummmm, "evacuation." ;~)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:41 PM

It's actually pretty simply. It winches itself up the column, lining up the basket with a seat. The basket surrounds the seat, the maintenance man in the basket unlocks the seat and the riders step into the basket, then they lower the basket. It wouldn't surprise me if it takes two or three hours to evacuate a fully loaded ride.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:56 PM

I think once the basket is in place, the maintenance worker should just be able to eject the guests from their seats into the basket. So long as the guest lands squarely in the basket, the maintenance worker gets a prize. Fun for everyone, I'm sure! ;-)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:15 PM

The evac platform seems like it evacuates 4 riders at a time. That means it would make 16 trips up the tower for a fully loaded Windseeker. If each trip takes about 5 min., evacuation should be completed in 90 min. or less.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 6:33 PM

5 minutes per trip seems optimistic to me

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:33 PM

Like in a dream world, five minutes. I wouldn't be surprised if they plan to safety tether riders to something before they let em jump from their seat to a basket. Add ten minutes.
I think this is all in a plan to keep insurance rates from going sky high. "See? No worries, we have an evac plan..."
The first one from here to see em use it WINS!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:56 PM

Hmm, so maybe that dream I had before Windseeker opened, about being given a nicely packed chute, and having to base jump from the top, isn't so far off now?

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:34 PM

For an up charge.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:11 AM

Careful when talking about Windseekers and nicely packed chutes.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:09 AM

I don't think a safety tether is necessary, that is the whole point behind the tall cage and why I think evac will be fairly efficient.

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