Kings Island announces 'WindSeeker" for 2011

Published: Aug. 23, 2010 at 4:52 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:15 AM EDT
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Source: Kings Island
Source: Kings Island

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Kings Island has announced a new thrill ride for the 2011 season.

According to Kings Island's website, WindSeeker is a 301-foot-tall tower that will spin riders 30 stories above the park.

Seated in two-person swings that will allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating in a circular motion as the swings ascend the tower. At the top, the swings will reach speeds up to 30 mph, flaring out 45 degrees from the tower. WindSeeker will accommodate 64 riders (32 swings) per ride cycle.

"The addition of WindSeeker reflects our commitment to providing our guests with world-class thrills, fun and fantastic family entertainment," Kings Island vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid said. "Soaring 300 feet above Kings Island will provide an exciting ride experience for our guests."

WindSeeker will be located in the Coney Mall section of the park near the Vortex ride exit.

The $5 million ride is manufactured by Mondial, a 23-year-old Dutch-based company. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall to ride and will be secured with individual over-the-head lap bars with interlocking seat belts.

WindSeeker will make its debut when Kings Island opens for the 2011 season in the spring.

Kings Island most recently added the roller coaster 'Diamondback' to its thrill rides. Diamondback opened in 2009 and is the park's tallest and fastest roller coaster.

Cedar Fair, which is Kings Island's parent company, also announced 'WindSeeker' will be at three more of it's parks next year - Knott's Berry Farm in California, Canada's Wonderland and Cedar Point in Sandusky.

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