As you probably read on here earlier, Cedar Fair already announced that Canada’s Wonderland was receiving a new WindSeeker towering swing ride by Mondial. As the day progressed forward, Cedar Fair had plans to make announcements for three of their other parks as well: Cedar Point, Kings Island, and Knott’s Berry Farm. At this point, all of those announcements have been made, and all three of those parks will also be receiving WindSeekers like Canada’s Wonderland.
All four models will be identical, at 30-stories (301 ft) tall and costing approximately $5 million each. For the WindSeeker swing-style ride, after rising up to a height of 301 feet, the ride spreads its metal arms, swinging riders at a 45-degree angle at approximately 31 mph. Each ride will have a capacity of 64 riders, with seating for two riders on each of the rides 32 arms.
It is clear now why Fun Times may be mad at Cedar Point and Mondial, as Cedar Fair’s choice to go with the Mondial WindSeeker over Fun Times StarFlyer is approximately $20 million that their competitor will be making instead of them. Further details have not yet been released as to why Fun Times is filing a lawsuit against Cedar Fair for their purchase of Mondial’s version of the ride. Unless Cedar Fair broke a contract which they had already been signed, it would seem Mondial, the company which made their model very similar in ride and function, would be the one facing a patent-infringing lawsuit.
There are several more Cedar Fair parks which have planned to release details for their additions in 2011, so keep watching the News & Releases page for updates.