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Knott's Berry Farm Moving Troubled Windseeker Ride To Missouri

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Hey, Missouri, that Knott's Berry Farm ride that stranded people twice last year is now your headache: Park officials announced today that it's moving its Windseeker ride to its Kansas City counterpart in January.

Oh, and the now-notorious ride won't be called Windseeker anymore, but will be dubbed "Steelhawk" when it's relocated to Knott's sister park, Worlds of Fun.

Leidy Arevalo, a spokeswoman for Knott's Berry Farm, told CBS 2 that the move is "to ensure that we are exceeding our guests' expectations." She refused to confirm that the ride is being moved because it stalled last year not once but twice.

The ride, which takes riders 300 feet in the air and twirls them for about 60 seconds left 20 unfortunate people stranded for several hours last September due to a frozen brake. No one was injured but after that widely publicized incident, they probably never got back on that ride or any others like it.

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The ride has been closed since then and other Windseeker rides at five other parks also were voluntarily shut down, CBS reports.

Knott's officials did not say whether a new ride will go into its place or what kind of tweaks will be made to the outgoing ride.

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