Opening of SteelHawk at Worlds of Fun delayed due to weather

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thrill seekers looking for a new rush at Worlds of Fun will have to wait just a little bit longer. The park announced on Thursday that the opening of the new 301-foot tower SteelHawk has been delayed due to wind and rain.

“It’s unfortunate the weather did not cooperate every day, which has delayed our extensive commissioning process,” stated Frank Wilburn, Vice President General Manager. “We expect the ride to open soon.”

The new ride takes riders up 301-feet on a steel gondola, and rotates 27 miles per hour for a 60-second flight.

The release goes on to state that Oceans of Fun, including Predators’ Plunge, Sharks’ Revenge, and Hurricane Falls will open on Saturday as planned.

The ride comes from California where it was called the "Windseeker." There, the ride malfunctioned twice, leaving people stranded for hours.

Folks in Kansas City are glad the park is taking its time to open the ride.

"He just said it was going to be delayed, they still need to do some testing and stuff like that for safety purposes so I don't blame them. I'd rather be safe than sorry," attendee Jasmine Hodge said.

The delay comes as Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kan., is getting ready to open to the public Friday, but without the world's tallest water slide.

Crews are putting the Verruckt back together after making some changes to the slide. It could open as soon as June 5. 

Worlds of Fun park officials don't have a specific date on when the Steelhawk will open to the public.

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