Earlier this week, Cedar Fair decided to shut down all of its WindSeeker rides. Like an over-sized version of the traditional amusement park swing ride, the WindSeeker’s boast impressive views some 300-feet above the ground. Unfortunately, on several occassions this year, riders have been treated to those views for an extended period of time.
Riders have been stuck on the ride for hours at several of the chain’s parks. WindSeekers are at: Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Cedar Point, Kings Island, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Canada’s Wonderland. According to Brady James of the LA Times, there have been incidents this year on all of the WindSeekers except for the one at Kings Island. The most recent incident happened last week at Knott’s Berry Farm where the ride malfunctioned for the second time this month. This time it stranded riders for nearly four hours.
To date, no one’s been injured on these attractions, but the thought of being suspended that high in the air for that long, doesn’t look good for the parks and I’m sure it has some worried about the ride’s safety. Even once they get the issues resolved, I might have to think twice about riding the WindSeeker at my home park. I’m not really afraid that I would be injured, but being stuck on it wouldn’t be how I’d like to spend the last few hours of the 2012 season.