Knott's Windseeker Doesn't Meet California Safety Regs So Ride is Moving to Missouri

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If you can't satisfy California safety regulations, move your theme park ride to Missouri.

That the attitude Knott's Berry Farm has taken with its Windseeker attraction in Buena Park, the iconic tall swing ride you can see for miles--and where two riders got stuck last year.

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health then ordered the 301-foot ride shut down in September 2012, prompting Knott's to make some safety changes. But the theme park never replaced ladders the state had found out of compliance.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., Knott's parent company, announced last week that Windseeker will be dismantled in January and moved to its Worlds of Fun park in Kansas City, where the ride will be renamed SteelHawk.

Stacy Frole, a Cedar Fair spokeswoman, reportedly explained the current ladders are legal in other states, including Missouri, the "Show Me the Pavement State."

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Ziggy1363
Ziggy1363

The whole time I I was on it I was wondering How am I going to get down if it gets stuck? I'm glad it will be gone. The stagecoach ride is the Best ride next to the log ride and Calico mine ride.

mascent
mascent

you guys should really get your story straight. there was nothing dangerous about the ride. CA DOSH was totally unreasonable and wanted Knott's to rebuild the ride with LESS SAFE ladders instead of using the ones that came with the ride.

Mike Zannitto
Mike Zannitto

Until something bad happens... Way to go Missouri, just wait for the lawsuits n hopefully not, but the first death..

Derek Saclolo
Derek Saclolo

For a state that has "miss", "sour", "sorry", and "misery" in its name, they probably need it more than we do, Ha! Ha! :)

Bill Martin
Bill Martin

ok so Missouri does not give a shit about safety is that right

Staci Williams
Staci Williams

Are we taking bets on when the first accident on this ride is?

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

They probably just couldn't get the union thugs that control CA to sign off on it. I'm sure it's perfectly safe.

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