Land of the Giants... why not?

Sunday, December 21, 2003 3:42 PM
Why haven't we seen a HUSS Land of the Giants built yet? I think it is an excellent concept. While i'm sure it's expensive, it'd probably be a better overall addition than a coaster. Anyone think we'll see one someday?
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Sunday, December 21, 2003 3:50 PM
There was supposed to be a Land of the Giants area incorporated into Thrillopolis, the proposed park for Nashville. I'm not sure what the current status of Thrillopolis is however. I think it may have been cancelled altogether unfortunately. *** Edited 12/21/2003 8:54:25 PM UTC by thrillerman1***
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Sunday, December 21, 2003 3:58 PM
I hope not, they had such a sweet design of an inverted coaster (B&M) for that park. It will/would have been the second B&M inverted ever with seven inversions!
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Sunday, December 21, 2003 4:16 PM
I think the only time you could ever hope to see an entire Land of the Giants built in one year would be at a brand new park. It's an extremely expensive package, and it doesn't make sense to build them all at once rather than building them over time (as PKI has been doing). I mean, it's clear that you can market one giant flat ride by itself and do well, so why spend the extra cash to build three and only be able to ride the attendance increase for one year?

-Nate

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Sunday, December 21, 2003 4:59 PM
Like coasterdude said, you'll probably only see LotG built at a brand new park. But can someone explain to me what Thrillopolis is? I've never heard of this park being planned or built.
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Sunday, December 21, 2003 5:10 PM
Thrillopolis was a planned(but not officially completely cancelled) park that was to be built in (park starved) Nashville. The original site was next to The Coliseum(Titans' field) , but that would have been a nightmare on Sundays.

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I wanted a Theme park in Nashville , but all I got was this stupid Rinky-dink fair.

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Sunday, December 21, 2003 5:20 PM

Legendary said:
I hope not, they had such a sweet design of an inverted coaster (B&M) for that park. It will/would have been the second B&M inverted ever with seven inversions!

Hey, do you know of any sites that have the layout of the proposed coaster? I'd love to see it.

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Sunday, December 21, 2003 6:41 PM
Oh man, you and me both. :) It's been a good year since I saw the news clip of the "unveiling" of that proposed park.

I remember one wooden coaster, the B&M inverted and the Land Of the Giants flats section being shown as part of the parks offering.

It'll be ashame if it doesn't get built. :(

Joe "the world needs more B&M inverteds with seven inversions!" C.

EDIT: The layout from what I remember was 150ft lift, slight left turning drop (think: Katun), Immelman, Vertical loop (underneath the lift hill), heartline, cobra roll, block brakes, left curving drop, interlocking flatspins, upwards helix into brakes. It looks sweet! *** Edited 12/21/2003 11:43:38 PM UTC by Legendary***

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Sunday, December 21, 2003 7:32 PM
Lets hope that baby gets built, seems better than 95% of Inverts! The Land of the Giants sounds like a great idea, I'd like a park to get one, worth the investment.

Josh "Thrillopolis better get built d***it" L.

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Sunday, December 21, 2003 8:50 PM
I don't know that the entire package is cost outright prohibitive, but there are certainly only a few parks that could buy them all at once. Even if they could, it wouldn't make sense from a marketing perspective. We've got two so far at PKI, and I'd love to see them keep it up.
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Sunday, December 21, 2003 8:58 PM
agreed....it would be *totally* insane for an existing park to purchase the entire package as a one-year expansion....

We *must* have learned SOMETHING from the coaster boom in Aurora, no? ;)

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Sunday, December 21, 2003 8:58 PM
And in addition, I think that it takes some marketing skills to advertise these rides well.

For a lot of people, they might just seem like "big, spinning rides that will make me sick."

Parks have to find a way around that to make these rides attractive to people.

PKI has done a great job with that so far...

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Sunday, December 21, 2003 9:26 PM

coasterdude318 said:
I mean, it's clear that you can market one giant flat ride by itself and do well, so why spend the extra cash to build three and only be able to ride the attendance increase for one year?



I'm not sure if you meant one ride + the other three, because there are four rides in the Land of the Giants package: Giant Jump, Giant Frisbee, Giant Topspin, and Delerium (not to be confused with the PKI or PGA rides).
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Sunday, December 21, 2003 9:44 PM
Paramount Canada's Wonderland is basically a land of the giants. It's got some really great flat rides, the best selection out there in my opinion.
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Sunday, December 21, 2003 9:46 PM
I don't think any park has purchased a Huss Delirium so far, but you can find the first Huss Giant Top Spin (Tomb Raider: The Ride) and Huss Giant Frisbee (Delirium) at PKI and the first Huss Jump2 (Sledge Hammer) at PCW. Delirium at PKI has probably had the best reviews out of the three so far although I really don't think the spinning part of the GTS has been used to it's full potential at PKI. It is one great and unique dark ride though if you go into it expecting something different. I'm with you Joe in that I hope the Thrillopolis idea is still alive.

bassman2003, they don't specifically have *the* Huss Land of the Giants though or even the most of the four rides in that selection. Only one of the similar types of rides (like I mentioned above) is even a Huss product. They do indeed have arguably the best selection of flat rides anywhere though from everything I've heard.

-Danny *** Edited 12/22/2003 2:48:52 AM UTC by Koaster King***

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Sunday, December 21, 2003 11:02 PM
Themeparks LLC was the original designer for Thrillopolis in Nashville. If anyone has contacts with them, please ask them what the current status is of the proposed park and give us an update. Thanks!
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Monday, December 22, 2003 12:57 PM
I remember seeing the LotG at IAAPA, but I am not sure what it is. From this thread it sounds like a combo pack of four flats, a huss frisbee, a topspin, a delirium(???), and another one. Can someone please clear this up for me, as I have checked their website and I can't find it.
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Monday, December 22, 2003 2:28 PM
There should be a "Giant Rides" button on the top of the Huss page, and the drop-down menu should list Land of the Giants at the bottom.
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Monday, December 22, 2003 2:33 PM
^If you visit Hussrides.com you´ll find the Giant Rides and a section for the Land of the Giants. (Including a ridiculous proposed tv-ad and a site map, complete with WC, Restaurant, Access bridge over an artificial ravine and landscaping.)

When I first saw the whole model at Interschau 2001, I realized that Huss were indeed turning away from the carnival business and tried desperately to venture into the park-market with this display. I always felt that this complete turnkey model was done to make an impact on the market by showing that Huss were a serious player for the big parks.

Next year will see a new Giant Frisbee at Bobbejaanland in Belgium and at Terra Mitica in Spain (i am not 100% positive if its a Huss or a Mondial version)

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Monday, December 22, 2003 3:08 PM
Speaking of the Giant Frisbee... what is the difference between that and Intamin's Gyro Swing? The two look to be pretty much identical, with the Huss ride being a little larger but of a fairly identical concept.

Has anyone been on a Huss Gyro Swing? AFAIK, there is one in Europe and one in Korea, but I may be getting my First Drop stories a little mixed up.

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