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It's too bad the ride carriage to The Windy Seeker isn't similar to Zephyr to where it bobs up and down and the swings ascend higher than when it's simply just spinning at a fixed angle (like it already is). It would essentially be a 301-foot-tall Zephyr, in layman's terms, or what most people (including me) had originally pegged The Windy Seeker to be when it was first announced. But it would be one wicked experience. Not to say that it won't be a wicked experience as it stands now. Just saying...

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I think the extreme heights to which WindSeeker will soar will more than make up for the lack of undulations in swing movement. You will be pretty high up in the air and moving at a pretty good clip. I know I`m looking forward to the ride. It will also be nice to see exactly what kind of lighting package they have on the ride. I think it will definitely be a fun ride to ride at night because of the lights, and being able to see Coney Mall all lit up. I`m also excited about seeing the park from a new perspective.

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Since it's not showing up, here's the link for the picture that jdawg1998 posted: http://twitpic.com/4ns37q

Twitpic won't let you show the full image on external websites - the URL includes an access key and a timestamp indicating when said key expires. That's why those images stop working after a short period of time.

The best you can do is embed a thumbnail, using the "Put this photo on your website" code that they give you, like this:

<a href="http://twitpic.com/4ns37q" title="PHOTO: Work has begun on building the queue for the new 301'... on Twitpic"><img src="http://twitpic.com/show/thumb/4ns37q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="PHOTO: Work has begun on building the queue for the new 301'... on Twitpic"></a>

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All I'm saying is that it looks like a cool ride, and seems fun, but I'm still not riding it. I get really nauseous on spinning rides, and spinning 301 feet in the air is just TOO much.

Yep, same way with spinners. Zephyr is enough for me. If it wasnt such a spin and puke, I would love to ride it.

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I don't like spinning rides either, but I don't consider 8 revolutions per minute "spinning." More like "rotating." For example, Delirium's rotation looks intimidating from the ground, but the sensation you get on the ride is not of spinning, but of swinging. On WindSeeker, rotating eight times per minute over such a large diameter circle, I don't think it will feel like spinning in place at all, rather a constant high-speed turn like some sort of bizarro world Nascar 301 feet in the air.

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I don't like spinning rides either, but I don't consider 8 revolutions per minute "spinning." More like "rotating." For example, Delirium's rotation looks intimidating from the ground, but the sensation you get on the ride is not of spinning, but of swinging. On WindSeeker, rotating eight times per minute over such a large diameter circle, I don't think it will feel like spinning in place at all, rather a constant high-speed turn like some sort of bizarro world Nascar 301 feet in the air.

Watch Delerium carefully when it gets up there. The revs slow down which is why I can ride it as well.

Yep agree this looks like a spin and puke at 300 feet.

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It's too bad the ride carriage to The Windy Seeker isn't similar to Zephyr to where it bobs up and down and the swings ascend higher than when it's simply just spinning at a fixed angle (like it already is). It would essentially be a 301-foot-tall Zephyr, in layman's terms, or what most people (including me) had originally pegged The Windy Seeker to be when it was first announced. But it would be one wicked experience. Not to say that it won't be a wicked experience as it stands now. Just saying...

Don't take this wrong but... no thanks! :D The height, spin, angle, views, etc... are plenty for me!

Starting to think WS will not be open for opening day. With only 7 days until opening, the ride is still incomplete. Doesn't really leave time for proper testing. If I remember correctly DB was done a month before opening and was testing. Maybe I worry too much. Lol

A ride like DB has many more mechanisms to test than WindSeeker, not that I know what those are but you can count moving parts and sensors and get an idea.

I'm not worried yet. I do think about things like prototypes, water rides, Cedar Fair, etc...:wacko:

As a fan of Maverick and I305 though, I don;t mind too much when it takes them a couple tries to get it right. They aren't just pushing the envelope, they're destroying it!

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I am not worrying about it opening on time. They have people around the clock working on this to ensure that it opens on time. My guess is by the end of the day today they will have the remaining arms and seats up and start testing Monday. If not today (for the arms) they'll have them up on Monday and test starting Tuesday and will continue to test until the State comes in and approves.

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Maintenance I'm sure already know how to operate the ride....with them testing for rotation and what not. I'm sure they've already worked with the restraints and any of the controls in the drive box. I'm guessing that opening day operations will be ran by Area Supervisors, Managers, etc. while training seasonal ops. It'll be a smooth transition I bet.

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I have the utmost faith in the crew working on this ride that it will indeed be up and ready to go by opening day. You would think that if the ride was not going to be ready that the park would have already stated on it's Facebook, Blog, and through it's Twitter account that the ride will indeed not be open. No such thing has been said yet, to my knowledge at least.

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Well, one thing is for certain, this weather can`t be aiding their effot! It has been such rainy miserable weather this spring!

I know down at Coney, the rains are causing havoc. Cirque du Soleil has canceled shows today for the second day in a row due to flooding. And we had to cancel ride training session this morning and for Monday evening because of flooding as a result of the ridiculous amounts of rain we have gotten this April.

It also seems as if they might have added those LED light strips to the actual arms that support the seats as well! I can`t wait to see this ride running at night. It has been a while since Kings Island added a flat ride (if you can really call this a flat ride), with a great lighting package!

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Starting to think WS will not be open for opening day. With only 7 days until opening, the ride is still incomplete. Doesn't really leave time for proper testing. If I remember correctly DB was done a month before opening and was testing. Maybe I worry too much. Lol

Roller coasters are so much different. They have to get all the brake pressures exactly right to make sure the train stops where it is supposed to. They also have to test all the photo eyes and blocks and every other little thing on it. All that is a very long process.

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Not much at all... This will be interesting, to train and get the ops use to the ride...

And don't forget that Maint crews have to learn how to operate the ride first too!

Crunch time and IDK if they will get the ride open in time!

You do know that training doesn't take very much time at all.. It would take 5 hours max, and I can assure you that probably two hours into training, everybody will be where they need to be and trained on what they need to be trained on.

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Well, one thing is for certain, this weather can`t be aiding their effot! It has been such rainy miserable weather this spring!

I know down at Coney, the rains are causing havoc. Cirque du Soleil has canceled shows today for the second day in a row due to flooding. And we had to cancel ride training session this morning and for Monday evening because of flooding as a result of the ridiculous amounts of rain we have gotten this April.

You know, one of these days someone is going to decide it's just too much trouble down at Coney and move the whole thing to...oh wait... :lol:

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