Riders get first thrill on WindSeeker

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Kings Island's newest thrill ride, the WindSeeker, made its long-awaited debut on Tuesday.

The newest attraction is a 301 foot tall tower that will spin riders 30 stories above the park. The swings will reach up to 30 mph and flare out 45 degrees from the tower.

Kings Island Gold and Cedar Fair Platinum season pass holders had the first opportunity to get on the ride at 9:30 a.m. It opened to the general public at 10 a.m.

Everyone FOX19 talked to said they loved the attraction, mentioning the amazing views and smooth ride.

Riders on the WindSeeker will be able to see 18 miles out into the area on a clear day.

The $5 million ride is manufactured by Mondial, a 23-year-old Dutch-based company. Riders must be at least 52 inches tall to ride WindSeeker and are secured with individual over-the-head lap bars with interlocking seat.

The WindSeeker was originally supposed to be operational for Opening Day in April, but the weather slowed down some of the inspections.

Kings Island's WindSeeker is the third to open. Canada Wonderland's WindSeeker opened to the public on June 2, and Cedar Point's opened on June 14. The WindSeeker ride at Knott's Berry Farm is not scheduled to open until July.

FOX19 reporter Emily Wood was among the first to ride WindSeeker and will have a full review on the FOX19 Evening News at 6.

Be sure to check out the WindSeeker camera, part of FOX19's Skycam Network.

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