Dollywood sues HUSS over Timber Tower issues

Posted Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Dollywood is seeking $500,000 from HUSS Park Attractions and HUSS Parts and Services, the German companies responsible for building and maintaining the ride, which was originally called the Topple Tower. The ride has been closed this year.

Read more from The Mountain Press.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 9:21 AM

We got stuck on this hunk of junk last year. After they got it lowered, and released us the OTSR came down and hit my daughter on the head, leaving her crying in pain.

I think a nice starflyer like ride would fit in well there.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:15 AM

This thing has been a lemon, for sure.

Worse, it's not even that much fun.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:20 AM

In the grand tradition of the Giant Top Spin and, to a lesser degree, the Giant Frisbee.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:23 AM

Well, if Dollywood sues HUSS, then I think Marineland has merit on this suit as well since their Topple Tower has gone to hell too. From what I've heard, their structure has suffered a fracture and has been closed almost all season long and may not see the light of day either.

...if Marineland joins in, the a class action suit against HUSS may get these rides either repaired, replaced, or refunded.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:28 AM

Funny, when I was at Dollywood 2 weeks ago, the sign on the front actually said "this ride is closed because we are in litigation with Huss". I thought it was odd that they were so transparent. . .

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:38 AM

What were the problems with the giant frisbees? I was under the impression they ran pretty well.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:42 AM

Rode it once - and it broke down right after. It certainly was nothing to write home about, Get your money Dolly and build something new.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:52 AM

delan said:
Funny, when I was at Dollywood 2 weeks ago, the sign on the front actually said "this ride is closed because we are in litigation with Huss". I thought it was odd that they were so transparent. . .

Same signs were on the ride when we visited prior to HWN...surprised this is "news" now.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:12 AM

The Giant Frisbees have had problems with the big gears that drive the pendulum. I believe Kings Island's and Cedar Point's broke at about the same time. It's also my understanding that both have had subsequent problems, though I don't know that for sure.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:54 AM

DawgByte II said:
Well, if Dollywood sues HUSS, then I think Marineland has merit on this suit as well since their Topple Tower has gone to hell too. From what I've heard, their structure has suffered a fracture and has been closed almost all season long and may not see the light of day either.

...if Marineland joins in, the a class action suit against HUSS may get these rides either repaired, replaced, or refunded.

It was closed this past Saturday, and it looked like no one had been around it in quite awhile..

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:27 PM

delan said:
Funny, when I was at Dollywood 2 weeks ago, the sign on the front actually said "this ride is closed because we are in litigation with Huss". I thought it was odd that they were so transparent. . .

Could have said This ride is So Gay....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 1:26 PM

...but then they would have to turn the sign inside out.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 2:39 PM

Jeff said:
The Giant Frisbees have had problems with the big gears that drive the pendulum. I believe Kings Island's and Cedar Point's broke at about the same time. It's also my understanding that both have had subsequent problems, though I don't know that for sure.

The floors also tend to cause a lot of problems, as well, surprisingly enough. Another constant struggle is the "zero position" or "home" for the pendulum. It can be fixed somewhat simply in the ride control software by widening the angle tolerance on the pendulum's "home," but it will still create issues every now and then.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 9:51 PM

This ride doesn't seem like it should be allowed to exist anyway. It blatantly violates the laws of gravity. Imagine how much power is needed to prevent that thing from actually toppling? Unless its got a really deep support structure somehow.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:22 PM

They need to get rid of it and put a nice drop ride there.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 1:50 PM

bjames said:
This ride doesn't seem like it should be allowed to exist anyway. It blatantly violates the laws of gravity. Imagine how much power is needed to prevent that thing from actually toppling? Unless its got a really deep support structure somehow.

It runs on a gimbal type swivel - but yes it uses a lot of energy to move.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 4:33 PM

We went there 2 years ago and the thing was closed then. I was kinda dissapointed because I have never been on one but oh well. I agree, what they need there is a starflyer or a drop ride of some sort. How how about a KMG Fireball?

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 6:50 PM

bjames said:
This ride doesn't seem like it should be allowed to exist anyway. It blatantly violates the laws of gravity. Imagine how much power is needed to prevent that thing from actually toppling? Unless its got a really deep support structure somehow.

It has a large counterweight on the bottom of the tower. Ideally the counterweight balances the ride load and it should not take much energy to move the tower back and forth.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 7:56 PM

Yea. A lot goes on under the ride that can not be seen.

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