Safety Concerns Close Cedar Point Ride
SANDUSKY — Cedar Point’s parent company has temporarily closed a high-flying thrill ride in multiple amusement parks as a safety precaution.
According to Annie Zelm, Cedar Point’s marketing programs representative, Cedar Fair grounded the WindSeeker at six locations while it undergoes an internal review.
“The safety system was activated on more than one occasion for various reasons at various locations,” Zelm said in an email to Fox 8 News.
On June 2, the Cedar Point ride stopped about 100-150 feet in the air stranding 29 passengers, spokesman Bryan Edwards confirmed at the time.
Park employees lowered the ride carriage manually and everyone was safely escorted off the ride.
Cedar Point’s WindSeeker reopened a short time later before it was closed again on Friday as a precautionary measure.
The ride was also being reviewed at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California; Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina; Kings Island in Kings Mills, Ohio; Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario; and Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia.
The WindSeeker malfunctioned at Knott’s Berry Farm on Sept. 19, a police spokesman confirmed to CNN.
According to CNN affiliate KABC, the same ride experienced problems at the same location on Sept. 7.
In both of those incidents, riders were suspended in the air for hours but no one was hurt.
“Safety is our number one priority and the company will not open a WindSeeker ride until an internal review has been completed,” Zelm said.
Cedar Point’s website promotes the WindSeeker as a ride that takes you “301 feet into the sky with nothing below your chair but air.”
The ride rotates in a circular motion, creating a feeling of “weightlessness.”
It is designed and built by a Dutch company, Mondial.