A 300-foot-tall swing carousel is coming to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City from California, essentially because Missouri has more lenient regulations. Cedar Fair, which owns several WindSeeker rides, announced a week ago that it would move the ride from Knott’s Berry Farm near Los Angeles to its sister park in Kansas City.
The ride broke down twice last year, leaving riders dangling in the air once for more than three hours and another time for an hour. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered the ride to shut down until Cedar Fair installed a number of safety features. Some of those were made, including a metal cage attached to the ride’s shaft in March to allow riders to be escorted down if malfunctions occurred. But the state also wanted new ladders to be fixed to the inside and outside of the carousel tower for employees to climb while repairing a stalled ride. Missouri does not have any such requirement for ladder safety, said Mike O’Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, which oversees amusement parks and carnival rides. The state also doesn’t have its own OSHA division.