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BLOG: Is the new Cedar Point ride a Dutch treat?

Tom Jackson • Aug 25, 2010 at 11:29 AM

On Monday, I mentioned speculation that the new Cedar Point ride for 2011 could be the StarFlyer, a tower ride that hoists riders into the air and spins them around.

The StarFlyer, produced by an Australian company, is said to be vulnerable to winds. A roller coaster fan at a Dutch website for coaster buffs points out that a Dutch ride company, Mondial, has a new product, the Wind Seeker, that resembles the StarFlyer but can cope with the big winds generated by being next to a big lake. The ride uses arms instead of chains.

Interestingly, Mondial says it designed the Wind Seeker "following requests from clients who wanted a Star Flyer-style ride they could still operate within normal wind conditions." As for a customer for the new ride, the Feb. 2 dispatch says vaguely, "Negotiations are currently  under way to find the first client."

Maybe it's just a coincidence, but today's Cedar Point Facebook clue show a picture of a windmill that  links to a Web site for making a "wind detector."

UPDATE: Park World Online, cited in my link, has changed the wording of its article. The article now says WindSeeker was developed "following requests from clients who wanted a tall swing ride they could still operate within normal wind conditions."

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