The SteelHawk, which is to open next season in the Americana section of Worlds of Fun, is being moved to Kansas City from a sister amusement park in California, where it malfunctioned twice last year. The ride, known as Windseeker at Knott’s Berry Farm, takes people 300 feet in the air and twirls them at up to a 45-degree angle for about 60 seconds. The ride malfunctioned twice in a two-week period last September, leaving riders dangling at the top, according to a report in the Orange County Register.
A spokeswoman for Worlds of Fun said she had not yet seen the story from California and was unable to comment on it. Hollye Gurley said the ride was being renamed to fit better with the Worlds of Fun theme. She said it was a safe ride that offered spectacular views and had been extremely popular at other parks.