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

Tom Jackson
Aug 25, 2010

 

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."

 

Comments

Tweety Sees Eve...

Amazing.  They refinance their debt and just keep spending on new rides.  I am guessing the admission price will go up again next year to help pay for it!

Cloud

What's amazing to me is nothing but negative comments are posted on the comments section of this website.

Tweety Sees Eve...

No cloud, this is not negative.  It is reality.  If I was in financial trouble and began spending money that I did not have, I would think the same thing about me.  How and I going to finance this investment.  Not negative, it is simple math.

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