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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Thursday, October 6, 2011 1:02 AM

^And the ride not going at all is what can be seen. :)


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Thursday, October 6, 2011 12:09 PM

Guess we are one of the few who actually got to ride it and I must say...boring. Shame they put so much theme and decor around the ride, it's just not worthy.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 12:30 PM
a_hoffman50's avatar

I don't know... I kinda liked the ride. I rode it two or three times and had fun. To me, it does not need to go high or superfast to be fun. Different strokes for different folks.

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Friday, October 7, 2011 10:34 AM
Jerry's avatar

I'd like to see a giant Frisbee go in it's place but not sure they have space for it. Maybe they can get a reduced price on one due to the litigation?

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Friday, October 7, 2011 12:43 PM

The Giant Top Spin, Topple Tower, and Giant Jump are all mediocre rides at best...

...but the Giant Frisbee, for all its problems, has proven to be a great *ride*. It has great visual appeal, it's a big, dramatic ride, and I've noticed that it seems to have an enduring popularity. The Giant Top Spin, like the original Top Spin, is a classic "oncer" but the Giant Frisbee is enough fun that people actually come back and ride it again.

In other words, some rides are more worth the hassle than others. :)

I just think it is a shame that Huss is becoming known for building such problematic rides. That hasn't always been their reputation, after all!

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Friday, October 7, 2011 2:20 PM
a_hoffman50's avatar

I wonder what change took place that service and heavy maintenance is now becoming an issue.

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Friday, October 7, 2011 3:02 PM
Jerry's avatar

The swinging ships take a licking and keep on swinging - and some have sexy mastheads to boot.

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Friday, October 7, 2011 6:07 PM
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Perhaps it's like the Intamin story, the more they experiment, the more issues arise with the hardware.


Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011 2:02 PM

I was there a couple/three years ago, and I liked Timber Tower- I thought the ride had some cute themeing, and while not the most thrilling, was at least novel and seemed to be a good fit for the area. Nobody else in my party wanted to ride so i hurried up to get in line then, luckily, got called ahead to fill that last seat as a single rider. The very next ride after mine got stuck and we noticed those poor riders were still hanging there after we had ridden both Thunderhead and Mystery Mine twice. I'm assuming they got down eventually, and I seem to recall that after that the ride was closed for the rest of that year. It's always fun to have the last ride of the season, but not that way!

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 3:29 AM

Great example of a ride that looks more fun than it actually is.

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Monday, October 10, 2011 5:18 PM
a_hoffman50's avatar

What good alternatives are there that would fit in this ride's footprint and have a similar height requirement and be just a tad more thrilling?

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Monday, October 10, 2011 9:19 PM
LostKause's avatar

300 fot tall Intimin gyro drop tower? That's what I would like to ride at Dollywood. Can you imagine the view?


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Monday, October 10, 2011 10:13 PM
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I would like to see a star flyer there myself.


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Monday, October 10, 2011 11:26 PM
LostKause's avatar

OMG!!! NNNOOOOO Dave.. That woudl be too much like Sky Rider!!!!111

Actually, I wouldn't mind at all, because Sky Rider is a very disappointing ride. They could remove it for all I care.

A Star Flyer would be really cool!

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, October 10, 2011 11:27 PM
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Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:54 AM

Sky Rider (Chance Aviator) is a near-perfect example of how to take an insanely great ride (Bish-Rocco Flying Scooter), make what should be an incredible advance on the design (120-foot telescoping tower), and then ultimately totally destroy it (overweight wings, kludgy controls, rigid suspension, and shoulder bars)

I mean, how is it a good idea to build it so that with the shoulder bar down you can't reach the flight control handle if it is in its full forward position? Stupid design.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:59 AM
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^And you can't see much due to those silly big-ass wings.


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Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:18 AM
LostKause's avatar

And what is the point of moving the control handle anyways? The ride vehicle doesn't move much at all.


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Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:04 PM

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

That's what they say about the Caterpillar ride too.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:23 PM
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Lol, Bear. I never really though of that, but it is probably true.


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Friday, October 14, 2011 1:00 AM
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Missed you at PPP this year, RGB!


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