Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Knott's to build WindSeeker ride

Next summer Knott’s will invite guests to rise above the crowd as they board WindSeeker. Rising 300 feet in the air, WindSeeker will take 64 passengers to new heights as it ascends above the theme park and then swings passengers for a ride like no other.

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.

"Due to the long airtime, riders will experience a spectacular sense of weightlessness. This, combined with the fact that riders legs will be unrestrained, will create a sense of exhilaration which will enhance the feeling of free flight," said Knott’s General Manager, Marty Keithley.

WindSeeker will be located at the current site of Knott’s Sky Cabin. Groundbreaking for WindSeeker is scheduled for fall of 2010 with completion expected by summer 2011.

Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Knott’s Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

WindSeeker Facts
Manufacturer: Mondial, a Dutch-based ride manufacturer
Height: 301 Feet Diameter: 81 Feet Diameter in Full Swing: 110 Feet
Capacity: 32 suspended twin seats (64 total passengers)
Max. Swing Angle of Arm: Up to 45 degrees
Ride Cycle Time: 3 Minutes
Restraint System: Individual over-the-head lap bar with interlocking seatbelts.
Ascent/Descent: 50 Seconds
Rotation Speed: 25-30 mph (8 Rotations per minute)
Location: Knott’s Boardwalk Area
Cost: $5 million
Groundbreaking: Fall 2010
Ride Opening: Summer 2011

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