Physical DimensionsWindSeeker 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.
Diameter in Full Swing: 110'
Max. Swing Angle of Arm: Up to 45 degrees
Time and Speed
Approximate Ride Time: 3 Minutes
Ascent/Descent: 50 Seconds
Rotation Speed: 8 Rotations per minute
Location: Knott's Boardwalk Area
Groundbreaking: Fall 2010
Ride Opening: Summer 2011
Capacity: 32 Suspended twin seats
Cost of project: $5 million
Height Requirement: Over 48"
Located in Boardwalk
Some pics from the Knott's website (Photo's Courtesy Knott's Berry Farm):
Virtual video ride through (just forward through the lame 30 seconds of test pattern at the beginning):
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