Valleyfair announces 230-foot North Star

Posted Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:05 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Thrill seekers, get ready to reach for the stars as Valleyfair announces plans for a 230-foot-tall Starflyer ride in 2017. North Star - named to celebrate the region’s affinity to being “up north” and the great outdoors - is a 230-foot-tall tower that will spin riders more than 20 stories above the ground. Seated in two-person chain-link swings that will allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating in a circular motion reaching speeds of up to 40 mph as the swings ascend and descend the tower.

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Friday, August 19, 2016 11:56 AM

Anyone surprised it's not a Mondial Windseeker? Not me. If it weren't for the horrible capacity, I would rather have one of these at Cedar Point. :-)

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Friday, August 19, 2016 1:55 PM

Doesn't matter to me. Both scare me to death.

I think the Windseeker must've been some package deal, then it all went south with the mid-air downtime and the subsequent construction of those evac contraptions. (Which I've never heard of one put to use yet, have you?)

As far as CP goes I'd guess the wind-provoked closings would be even more frequent with a Star Flyer. And true, there's the crappy capacity.

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Friday, August 19, 2016 2:09 PM

I could be wrong as I really don't know. But, I wouldn't think the wind affects the star flyers much more if any. There's fewer seats that are spaced out more.

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Friday, August 19, 2016 7:16 PM

^Star Flyers seem to have a less complicated design than the windseekers. In the end it's the same experience.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016 6:46 AM

Physically yes. Mentally, some people are freaked out by the fact that star flyers are held up by chain. Even though 1 of those chains is probably enough to support both riders.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016 7:08 AM

Interesting that Funtime and Cedar Fair kissed and made up. These are great rides.

I half expected them to go for the Zamperla variant - which if you haven't seen it, it's weird. The swings are 'fixed' to the tower and the whole tower spins around, rather than the swings spinning around the tower - video.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016 10:14 AM

From Funtime.com
The StarFlyer™ can operate in high winds unlike many other Tower rides as it has been TUV certified to operate in a wind speed of force 8 (74Km/h)1. (Translation = certified to operated safely in Winds up to 45.9 mph)

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Sunday, August 21, 2016 5:11 PM

Rick_UK said:

I half expected them to go for the Zamperla variant - which if you haven't seen it, it's weird. The swings are 'fixed' to the tower and the whole tower spins around, rather than the swings spinning around the tower - video.

Wow that is weird looking. It's also a bit more visually spectacular to see that whole tower spin though.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016 5:26 PM

There are a couple of companies that make tower swings that way. Usually they're portable and shorter, and for that it's a more sensible design.
I can't recall if Holiday World's ride is a Zamp, but it's the same.

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