Sunday, September 25, 2011

Knott's Update: Part 1 - Windseeker

Windseeker has finally opened at Knott's Berry Farm! I rode it last month just shortly after it had it's official opening. It was actually nighttime when I rode it for the first time and I really felt like I needed to go back and ride it again during the day. Well, last Thursday was that day. You can see by the sky that it was a weird overcast day. It was also warm and humid.



Once again, Windseeker is located in Fiesta Village between Jaguar, Montezooma's Revenge, Silver Bullet and the Carousel. Below, you can see the tracks of Jaguar and Silver Bullet.




Here's one of Jaguar's cars gliding over the entrance to Windseeker.




The entrance and queue is covered with a metal roof. I'm sure this is to protect the people below from potential flying debris from the riders above.



The ride spins around 30 stories up in the air. Here it is on it's way back down to the ground.





This next shot was taken while riding Jaguar. I used this same method to take many construction photos earlier this year. Those can be seen here: Windseeker Construction.



There is no camera or cell phone usage allowed during the ride, although I have seen footage on YouTube that was taken while riding. I think it would be quite dangerous to do this since if the device was dropped, it could potentially kill someone below. The viewing area next to Windseeker is not covered.

I shot this nighttime footage back in August, a few days after Windseeker opened. You can hear the music from the Carousel in the background and then a little bit later, you can hear LeAnn Rimes singing, "God Bless America." The park was closing and this is the music that they play at closing time. The odd thing is, that while riding Windseeker, they play the music from the movies, "Superman" and "E.T." I wonder how much Cedar Fair had to pay for the rights to that music?





I did enjoy riding Windseeker, but it was definitely more enjoyable during the day since obviously the view is better and you can get a better feeling of how high up you truly are.

8 comments:

Connie Moreno said...

Thanks for the report but no way in hell I'd ride that thing, LOL!

Davelandweb said...

Looks very cool at night, but I wonder how long this type of ride will be popular, until it needs to be replaced by the next latest/biggest thrill type attraction.

Major Pepperidge said...

Looks kind of cool; it's probably fun once you get used to it! I have to admit that the height is a little bit freaky.

My niece didn't like the old orange peel ride at DCA, and she definitely won't like this one!

TokyoMagic! said...

Connie, I wouldn't be able to talk you into riding it?

Dave, It seems like some thrill rides don't stay around very long. Knott's and Magic Mountain have both removed rides that weren't very old to begin with. I guess time will tell.

Major, I thought the height thing would be freaky, but it really wasn't that bad. I think if it ever got stuck up there.....then it would be freaky! I remember the baskets from the old Parachute attraction getting stuck at the top of the tower from time to time. Hopefully Windseeker has backup systems built in so that will never happen.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

"I think if it ever got stuck up there.....then it would be freaky!" My worse possible nightmare!

Great post, this is the closest I'll ever get to that thing!

Dan Alexander said...

Wow! I'd probably have to close my eyes for this ride. I really like how it lights up at night! Very curious about the ET and Superman music.

A Snow White Sanctum said...

Tokyo, you talk about your ride experience quite calmly, so I'll take your word for it that "it really wasn't that bad." But from the pics, it does looks a bit intimidating.

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