Now THIS is a Top Spin ride!

CPLady's avatar
So much better than Tomb Raider.

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

That's your standard Top Spin ride. Although the program on it seems pretty good.

My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.

That could be Tomb Raider too (expect it would be bigger since its a Giant Top Spin) if someone would go in and change the program too.

Seriously, every Top Spin (with the water fountain upgrade if you count that) could do that program.

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Mamoosh's avatar
It's not a Top Spin. It's a Top Spin Fresh ;)
I think she knows its a top spin ride and that any top spin could do that, she was just pointing out the better-then-most program lol, which looks nuts.
Are there any rides like this that tilt like this one in Austrlia in the States?

- Bryce

Sawblade5's avatar
To me it looks just like the Regular Top Spin Program like the one in use for Thunder Hawk at Worlds Of Fun. Except they programed it to last a little longer in certain parts, such has the end where the fountain soaks people in the front row and then gets the back row.

Speaking about Thunder Hawk at WOF the fountains on it don't get you wet anymore. It was claimed that the water rusted out the wiring on the ride.

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I hate Top Spins. Being tossed about tiny seats with rock-hard restraints? Yeah... loads of fun ;)

P18 said:
I think she knows its a top spin ride and that any top spin could do that, she was just pointing out the better-then-most program lol, which looks nuts.

That's is pretty much what I was getting at in my original post. It seems this particular top spin actually inverts more times as it reaches the bottom.

Oil that baby up and watch it go. :)

My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.

Minus the water effects, when is was SFWoA when people asked for lots of flips, we used this program, it was rare, but I know it was used at least 3 times back in 2003
This is not a program. Its in manual mode. Most of the German fair rides are operated manually to interact with the riders and the specatators.

Sometimes they do up to 30 flips in a row. The video is relatively harmless.

Top Spin is a ride that only impresses me due to its engineering and the operation. I never found the ride to be much fun.

Ohhhhhh MAN. That's a good run.

Not that I'd wanna take it after a buncha braus and schnitzels bouncing around in my gut. And the inverted water up the nose? Not so much.

But otherwise? Yeah. I love Top Spins...


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CPLady's avatar
Yes, I do realize all top spins can be programmed to do what the one in the video does. I've just never been on one that flips as much, nor have I ever seen one that specifically ran to soak the riders both front and back.

Tomb Raider is nothing compared to that one.

And I do love a good "flipping" ride,even at my old fart age, which is probably why I love Chaos so much.

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

For those talking about the 'program', most Top Spins in Europe operate manually. You think that Top Spin is wild? Check out this one starting at 0:22-

You stepped up, you stepped in, now I'm going to take you for a little spin.

Most of the top spins I have been on kinda suck because of lame programs, but WoF and VF have decent ones. It is fun when they flip and lame when they just do a controlled rotation, and annoying when you get wet which is VF's problem.
From what I was told by the KI people, a Giant Top Spin is not capable of doing multiple flips and running wild programs like a standard top spin--at least not for very long. The Giant Top Spin was pretty much a mistake. The carriage is just too massive and heavy for the motors and trying to run a typical program would quickly lead to failure.

I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure Huss never sold another one.

matt.'s avatar
^Also, from what I've read Tomb Raider will freak out if the huge arms get even the tiniest bit out of sync. If that happens very often at all with Tomb Raider I'd hate to know what would happen if it ran a program that actually did something.
@ Alex: 38 spins in a row, that is insane. I wonder if anybody goes on it more than once.

- Bryce

^I remember that HUSS actually freaked out, when they got notice that some Showmen "shortcircuited" the pre-programs and worked the ride "by hand". They immediately revoked the factory-warranty.

When the Top Spin appeared in the mid-eighties it offered ONE gondola-flip as the highlight and finale to the ride.

Later Huss had to carve in to the wishes of the showmen and alter the ride in a way that it was able to do all those flipping manouvers.

Best Top Spin Ride Ever - Astroland at Coney Island. The operator was this tatted up rasta looking guy and as a ride jockey was dead serious. I believe he controlled the ride manually and delivered the most intense flipping ride I'd ever seen. He could actually get the cabin to flip the opposite direction from that which the arms were rotating. He was great with the water torture, too.

So after riding and watching a few more cycles (from the bench!) I went over and tapped on the glass. He turned around and I gave him the thumbs up and mouthed the words "Best-Top-Spin-Ride-Ever!" It was so funny, he busted into a smile, got all redfaced embarrased, and mouthed back "Thanks...I try!"

Those who have been will have to agree, the whole Astroland/Coney experience is sure like no other anywhere. (For a variety of reasons) What a shame if it's no more. At any rate I hope that talented dude finds a Top Spin job elsewhere!

They also ran a helluva Break Dance program there, too. Oh my God- it went so fast I thought the car was gonna break off the post.

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