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 Merry-Go-Rond 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.
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