The rumored "Stratosoar" StarFlyer style 2011 addition for Cedar Point has just been confirmed ... and not by Cedar Point. Apparently, the park opted to buy from Mondial, who makes a comparable product to the Fun Times made StarFlyer. Now Fun Times is feeling scorned and is threatening to blow the whole thing up.
First off, Fun Times is claiming the Mondial's Wind Seeker model is a copyright infringement of their StarFlyer. The basic ride premise is the same. Riders are taken high in the air on individual seats that swing out from a rotating platform. The difference is that the StarFlyer attaches its seats to the central platform with chains, while the Wind Seeker's seats are attached by more rigid arms which allows it to operate in higher winds.
So now Fun Times is threatening lawsuit. And while one might see a basis for an attempt at legal action against Mondial, that's not who they are going after. Allegedly, plans had existed for Fun Times to build a 400 ft tall StarFlyer for Cedar Point in 2011. Because of that Fun Times is now planning to sue Cedar Point for reneging on that deal in favor of a copy-write infringing competitor.
It remains to be seen if Fun Times will actually follow through on its threat to file a lawsuit against Cedar Point, or if Cedar Point will go through with its plans to "announce" their new 2011 addition at the press conference currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 24. So far, Cedar Point has refrained from commenting on the situation.