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      Cedar Point plans modern-day version of historic ride


      Northwest Ohio amusement park and America's Roller Coast has announced big plans for 2011.

      Cedar Point says it will introduce a new 30-story-tall swing ride, WindSeeker, at the Sandusky park next summer. The ride is expected to reach heights as high as the Millennium Force's first giant hill.

      The WindSeeker will be a modern-day version of one of the park's most popular attractions from yester-year, the Sea Swings, that would dip riders into Lake Erie in a circular motion. 100 years later, the new ride will tower 301-feet tall with two-person swings rotating riders in a circular motion as they ascend a tower. The ride will reach speeds of up to 30 mph as the swings flare out to 45 degree angles.

      "Spinning almost 300 feet above Lake Erie and the Cedar Point Beach will be a very exciting ride experience for our guests," said John Hildebrandt, the vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. "Day or night, WindSeeker will provide riders with dramatic views of the park and the Cedar Point Peninsula. It will be an extremely popular addition to Cedar Point."

      WindSeeker will be built near the Ocean Motion, which will be dismantled and sold at the end of the season.