Now THIS is a Top Spin ride!

Sunday, September 23, 2007 7:41 PM
So much better than Tomb Raider.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 8:18 PM
That's your standard Top Spin ride. Although the program on it seems pretty good.
Sunday, September 23, 2007 8:27 PM
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.

Monday, September 24, 2007 12:17 AM
It's not a Top Spin. It's a Top Spin Fresh ;)
Monday, September 24, 2007 12:24 AM
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.
Monday, September 24, 2007 1:11 AM
Are there any rides like this that tilt like this one in Austrlia in the States?

Monday, September 24, 2007 1:12 AM
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.

Monday, September 24, 2007 2:12 AM
I hate Top Spins. Being tossed about tiny seats with rock-hard restraints? Yeah... loads of fun ;)
Monday, September 24, 2007 7:43 AM

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. :)

Monday, September 24, 2007 9:03 AM
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
Monday, September 24, 2007 12:53 PM
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.

Monday, September 24, 2007 2:00 PM
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...


Monday, September 24, 2007 2:10 PM
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.

Monday, September 24, 2007 4:25 PM
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-
Monday, September 24, 2007 4:30 PM
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.
Monday, September 24, 2007 5:13 PM
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.

Monday, September 24, 2007 5:54 PM
^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.
Monday, September 24, 2007 7:18 PM
@ Alex: 38 spins in a row, that is insane. I wonder if anybody goes on it more than once.
Monday, September 24, 2007 7:21 PM
^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.

Monday, September 24, 2007 7:29 PM
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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