Worlds Of Fun announced that they are getting STEELHAWK in 2014. The ride has a trouble past as it operated as Windseeker at Knott’s Berry Farm (Worlds Of Fun Sister Park).
And accourding to one new source –
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new thrill ride headed to Worlds of Fun next spring promises to “take guests to breathtaking new heights,” but when that same ride was operating in California and parks in other states it ran into trouble for occasionally leaving guests stranded at nearly 300 feet for hours at a time.
The WindSeeker, built by Netherlands-based Mondial Rides, consists of 32, two-person swings hoisted 300 feet in the air, which rotate around a center pole and can provide wide vistas and a feeling of flight.
But in several parks around the country in 2012, 41 Action News sister station WEWS uncovered, the ride was having mechanical problems that left riders stranded high above the ground for hours on end.
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One mechanical failure brought nationwide attention, when the WindSeeker at Knott’s Berry Farm outside Los Angeles malfunctioned on Sept. 19, 2012, leaving 20 riders suspended hundreds of feet in the air for three and a half hours. Helicopters buzzed the ride, which had suffered a similar problem two weeks prior, and local news cameras swarmed riders when they were eventually returned to earth.
That incident led Cedar Fair Entertainment, which operates WindSeekers in several states, to close the rides and conduct an investigation. When concluded, Cedar Fair reopened five of its WindSeekers, but left the Knott’s Berry Farm ride closed for the next 11 months, according to officials from the company.