While it looks to be a unique ride, it is supposed to be the tamest of the Huss rides of this size according to the president of Huss. I think it will fit the family atmosphere perfectly.I love unique rides so I am sure I will like it. Those expecting a intense thrill may be dissapointed though.
There is only one way to find out. Head to Dollywood next year and give it a ride.
Hopefully Dollywood doesn't run the same program as the one overseas with the bird on top. After watching a video of that ride, it looks like it just spins you at an unpleasently fast speed and only tilts twice! Maybe with a better program this ride will be good.
A press release said it spins at 9 revolutions per minute. I'm wondering if this is fast or slow? Does anyone know how it compares to other rotating rides of similar diameter (like a carousel or a disko perhaps? I think it would be a great family ride if it does not rotate so fast that it is dizzying for many people.
I'm actually sad about the following statement from the Huss site: "Once the passengers reach maximum operating height, the entire tower topples to the ground delivering major thrills without high G-forces". C'mon -- give me my Gs :)
But the ride does look interesting. Do I think I would like it more than MaxAir or Delirium? I will give the ride a try, but I'm guessing MA and D will will win for my G fix alone. *** This post was edited by ltlbat 7/8/2005 3:50:13 PM ***
For the market that Dollywood serves this will be perfectly sufficent to quench our much more laid back thrill factor. Besides if you want to loose your breath from a wild ride, go ride Thunderhead!
I think that this is a great addition to the whole Thunderhead Gap area. Right now that area of the park is very lacking in....well....anything! All you've got is Thunderhead, a bathroom, a coke cart, and a couple of games. Having other things in the area will give people more of a reason to stick around.
Right now if you go to that area any time after 12pm you can pretty much get walk on rides. Especially an hour or two before the park closes. The only people who are left riding are Thunderhead junkies.
I know that none of us are fond of lines but at a park like Dollywood, if a ride doesn't maintain a line they'll yank it out of the park to replace it with something that will line 'em up. IMHO, that's the reason why they took out the log flume. So that Daredevil Falls would actually fulfill it's purpose. That ride finally has a line, even if it isn't much of one.