WORLDS OF FUN
& Oceans of Fun
Kansas City, MO
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (9/30/13) A review of Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun can be found at ModelCoasters.com, including some details about the new Skeleton Key rooms.
(9/23/13) Knott’s Berry Farm isn’t the only Cedar Fair park testing out the Skeleton Key concept of adding a special extra themed room to the start of select haunt mazes. Worlds of Fun is joining in the fun this year as well and have posted the details of their own Fright Lane w/ Skeleton Key system on the official website. It seems five of the park’s seven haunts will offer the secret extra Skeleton Key room.
(8/13/13) I’ve got a few other good Worlds of Fun tidbits to share today, starting with a few items confirmed at the Coaster Mayhem event. I’m told that the park will enhance the Caribbean Cruiser Lazy River for 2014, along with a major renovation coming to the park’s Viking Voyage flume ride. Timber Wolf’s helix is also said to be getting a rebuilt… and if they handle this the way they’ve been slowly rebuilding virtually all of Thunder Road at Carowinds over the last 5 years, this very well could mean a complete rebuild of the helix from the ground up.
New haunts coming this year will include Miss Lizzie’s Chambers of Horror (replacing Doll Factory) and Inferno as a new scare zone. It also seems there will be a few special options for Haunt this year, with three choices of FrightLane (FL, FL+ and FL Max) as well as something called “Skeleton Keys” that will allow you to gain access to special ‘extra rooms’ in certain mazes. I’m not quite sure how that will work however.
2014 - Steelhawk - (9/6/13) SteelHawk may be coming to Worlds of Fun in 2014, but the media has launched an all out attack on the ride once it was confirmed that the actual ride coming was the Windseeker from Knott’s Berry Farm. Sure the ride had a troubled past and hit the mainstream media twice in one month by stranding riders in mid-ride for a few hours, but it’s also important to remember that it was one of the first batch of identical prototypes Windseeker rides that Cedar Fair launched in 2011. More of them also suffered from a sudden E-stop or two when their safety systems would trip and bring the ride to a stop in mid cycle… just as they were designed to do.
According to this follow-up article and interview with Cedar Fair, they had since worked with Mondial to address the issues as well as design the new evacuation platforms we saw introduced earlier this season. To be fair, the various Windseeker rides seemed to operate better in 2013 than they did when first introduced… the only stall out I can recall from Summer 2013 took place briefly on the Carowinds ride. I’m sure that the ride will get a complete makeover when it is moved to it’s new home next year and despite some growth pains at Knott’s shortly after it opened last fall, I have to agree with Cedar Fair that the ride itself is safe.
(9/3/13) Knott’s Berry Farm officials have confirmed to the local news that Windseeker will be taken down and shipped off to be installed at Worlds of Fun as their new SteekHawk ride for 2014. The tower wont begin to come down however until January 2014.
(8/30/13) Worlds of Fun has just confirmed that the park will add Windseeker... err... Steelhawk to dominate the park's skyline in 2014. It will be located in the Americana section of the park, across from Patriot. It’s just like the other Windseeker rides at other Cedar Fair parks... just with a new name. They did not confirm if this ride will come from Knott’s Bery Farm or if this is a new unit however, but we’ll be able to tell soon enough if Knott’s tower comes down.
(8/12/13) The park’s new rumored attraction is a bit crazy and comes with a bigger story… but this rumor is spreading like wildfire and I’ve got a feeling it may be true. Last week we mentioned that the Grand Prix Raceway may be removed this winter, and according to the rumor mill, it will be replaced by a Windseeker ride.
Not just any Windseeker, but the barely used at all Windseeker tower from Knott’s Berry Farm. Knott’s Windseeker has sat closed for nearly 11 months now, ever since it hit the national news when riders became stranded at the top of the ride for nearly 4 hours on September 19. This was the second breakdown that month, where riders were stuck for a couple of hours less than two weeks prior on Sept. 7. The fallout from these two incidents saw all Windseeker rides at Cedar Fair parks across the nation shut down until the 2013 season… and all of them have since reopened… except the Knott’s ride.
At first Knott’s excuse for not opening Windseeker was that they were busy with their big Boardwalk expansion, which featured three new rides, plus the complete refurbishment and updating of the park’s famous Timber Mountain Log Ride. It made sense that their hands were a bit full for the first half of the year, but with the busy Summer season coming to an end in a few weeks as the park gears up for their huge Halloween Haunt event, it seems odd Windseeker is still just sitting there, forgotten.
According to the latest scuttlebutt, CAL/OSHA has re-inspected Windseeker and the new evacuation system and is rumored to have refused to sign off on it, despite the fact the system has been approved for use at the other Windseeker rides across the country. This has left Cedar Fair will really no other choice than to remove Windseeker from Knott’s Berry Farm.
So what is Cedar Fair to do with a nearly brand-new Windseeker ride? Install it in one of their parks that has yet to get a Windseeker yet… and Worlds of Fun is said to be at the top of that list.