Top Spin (ride)

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Kieputin at the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki, Finland.
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Tornado at Dunia Fantasi Jakarta (Zamperla Backflash - Suspended Windshear)

The Top Spin is a thrill ride developed by HUSS Park Attractions and Mondial, and is the generic name for a series of rides from other manufacturers that follow the same principle. The ride consists of a passenger platform suspended between two counterweighted arms. The arms are turned by motors, while the platform typically only has brakes that are engaged and disengaged at various points of the ride cycle. A typical top spin program runs the main arm motors while engaging and disengaging the platform brakes so that it will rotate in exciting ways. The minimum rider height requirement is 54 inches; maximum is 80 inches due to the seat and restraint design. The ride was introduced to the public in 1990 and proved an instant success with European fairgoers.

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Ride experience

Huss has designed the ride so that park and carnival operators may choose one of eight preset ride "programs." Most last no more than two minutes and consist of several moderate-speed loops, flips, and face-down gondola "hangtime" before unlocking the gondola hydraulics and swinging the riders back and forth. Some Top Spin rides have the added feature of water fountains which are mainly used at the end of the ride sequence soaking the riders as they are slowly lowered face first into the un-escapable water jets. Cycles can be customized to include more intense repetitive flips and also be under manual operator control. A world record was set with over 100 gondola flips during a cycle with a theme park model in Germany. [1]

Variations

There are also numerous other Top Spin rides that were later developed by other companies as rivals to the Huss versions.

In addition to this, various manufacturers such as Mondial, Moser, Vekoma, and Zamperla make an improved version of the Top Spin where each individual arm is controlled separately; this results in diagonal gondola inversions. Such rides are known by names like "Wind Shear", "Super Loop on Top", "Waikiki Wave Super Flip","Super Nova" and "Discovery".

Installations


The Top Spin was once a common ride at travelling funfairs, particularly in Germany. Over time, many of the travelling versions of the ride have been sold to amusement parks. Huss also makes several models of Top Spin specifically for static locations.

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NameParkLocationManufacturerModelOpenedStatus
Apocalipsis Salitre Mágico Flag of Colombia.svg ColombiaUnknownUnknownUnknownOperating
Aqua Spin Heide Park Flag of Germany.svg Germany Huss Top Spin1992Removed
Bat Spin Funfair Flag of Italy.svg Italy Huss Top Spin2003Operating
Blast
Formerly Excalibur
Walibi Holland Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Huss Top Spin2000Operating
Buzzsaw
Formerly Screamer
Walibi Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Huss Top Spin2001Operating
Splash Spin Romon U-Park Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Huss Suspended Top Spin2015Operating
Cliffhanger Lagoon Flag of the United States.svg United States Mondial Splash Over2001Operating
Demon La Ronde Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Mondial Roll Over2014Operating
Der Twister Six Flags Fiesta Texas Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin1998Removed
Desorbitados Parque de la Costa Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Preston & Barbieri Suspended Top SpinUnknownOperating
Double Rock Spin Everland Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea Huss Suspended Top Spin2003Operating
Ekatomb Hopi Hari Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Huss Top SpinUnknownOperating
Estrugensen Xetulul Theme Park Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala Huss Top Spin2002Operating
Firefall
Formerly Texas Twister
California's Great America
Geauga Lake
Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin2008
1993 to 2007
Removed
Flying TornadoJawa Timur Park 1 Flag of Indonesia.svg IndonesiaUnknownTop SpinUnknownOperating
Galactic Spin Lihpao Land Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan Huss Top Spin1998Operating
Galaxy Twister Galaxyland Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Moser's Rides Loop On Top1995Removed
Galeon Land of Legends Flag of Turkey.svg TurkeyUnknownUnknown2016Operating
Gantu Top Spin Serengeti Park Flag of Germany.svg Germany Huss Top Spin 21995Operating
GiraVolta
Formerly Top Spin
Miragica
Gardaland
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Huss Top Spin2015
1993 to 2015
Closed
Hang Time Dorney Park Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin1998Removed
Hell's Gate Playland Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Huss Top Spin2000Operating
Huracan Six Flags México Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super Flip1993Removed
Hurakan Tibidabo Flag of Spain.svg Spain Huss Top Spin1992Removed
Hurricane Dream World Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Huss Top SpinUnknownOperating
Kieputin Linnanmäki Flag of Finland.svg Finland Huss Top Spin1994Removed
King Chaos Six Flags Great America Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin2004Removed
King Kahuna Kennywood Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin2003Removed
King Kong's Spin Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
La Tornade La Ronde Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Huss Top Spin1997Removed
Lex Luthor's Invertatron Parque Warner Madrid Flag of Spain.svg Spain Huss Top Spin2002Operating
Lex Luthor's Invertatron Six Flags New Orleans Flag of the United States.svg United States Zamperla Windshear2003Closed
Luna Swing Space World Flag of Japan.svg Japan Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super FlipUnknownRemoved
Miner's Revenge Gold Reef City Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Huss Top SpinUnknownOperating
Monster Spin Dragon Park Ha Long Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam Huss Suspended Top Spin2017Operating
Montezuma's RevengeAvonturenpark Hellendoorn Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Huss Top Spin 21998Removed
NYC Transformer
Formerly Riddler's Revenge
Movie Park Germany Flag of Germany.svg Germany Huss Top Spin1999Operating
Perfect Storm Happy Valley Shenzhen Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Huss Top Spin2002Operating
Perfect Storm Happy Valley Wuhan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Huss Top Spin2012Operating
Quake Kentucky Kingdom Flag of the United States.svg United States Vekoma Waikiki Wave1992Removed
Rameses Revenge Chessington World of Adventures Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Huss Top Spin1995Removed
Rampage Adventure World Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Moser's Rides Maverick2001Operating
Ripsaw Alton Towers Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Huss Top Spin1997Removed
Revolution Funfair Flag of Germany.svg Germany Huss Top Spin1990Unknown
RevolutionParque de Atracciones de Zaragoza Flag of Spain.svg SpainAtracciones LorenteTop SpinUnknownOperating
Revolution Funfair Flag of Spain.svg SpainAtracciones LorenteTop SpinUnknownRemoved
Riptide Canada's Wonderland Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Mondial Splash Over2000Operating
RipTide Knott's Berry Farm Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Suspended Top Spin2004Removed
RipTide Valleyfair Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Suspended Top Spin2005Removed
Salto Eram Park Flag of Iran.svg IranUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Shake, Rattle & Roll
Formerly Avalanche
Elitch Gardens Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin1995Removed
Splash Over Adventureland Flag of the United States.svg United States Moser's Rides Maverick2006Removed
Storm Morey's Piers Flag of the United States.svg United States Moser's Rides Super Loop on TopRemoved
Talocan Phantasialand Flag of Germany.svg Germany Huss Suspended Top Spin2007Operating
Terminator Tir Prince Family Funfair Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Moser's Rides Maverick1993Removed
Terror Rack Pleasure Island Family Theme Park Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Fabbri Tsunami1998Removed
The Crypt
Formerly Tomb Raider: Firefall
Kings Dominion Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Suspended Top Spin2005Removed
The Crypt
Formerly Tomb Raider: The Ride
Kings Island Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Giant Top Spin2002Removed
Thor Thunder Spin Ride IMG Worlds Of Adventure Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates Huss Suspended Top Spin2016Operating
Thunderhawk Worlds of Fun Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin2002Removed
Tidal Wave Flamingo Land Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Vekoma Waikiki Wave1993Removed
Tomb Raider MachineMovieland Park Flag of Italy.svg Italy Zamperla Windshear2007Removed
Trojan Horse Happy Valley Beijing Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Huss Top Spin2006Operating
TopSpin Liseberg Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Huss Top Spin1993Removed
Top Spin Astroland Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin 22004Removed
Top Spin Fantasilandia Flag of Chile.svg Chile Huss Top Spin2004Operating
Top Spin Vidámpark Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Huss Top Spin2004Removed
Top Spin EsselWorld Flag of India.svg India Huss Top Spin2012Operating
Top Spin Parque de Atracciones de Madrid Flag of Spain.svg Spain Huss Top Spin1993Operating
Top Spin Funfair Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin1993Unknown
Top Spin Myrtle Beach Pavilion Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin2006Removed
Top Spin Romon U-Park Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Huss Suspended Top Spin2014Operating
Top Spin Dreamland Flag of Japan.svg Japan Huss Top Spin1999Removed
Top Spin Siam Park City Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Huss Top SpinUnknownUnknown
Top Spin Nagashima Spa Land Flag of Japan.svg Japan Huss Top Spin1994Removed
Top Spin BenyLand Flag of Japan.svg Japan Huss Top Spin 21995Removed
Top Spin Dream Park Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Huss Top SpinUnknownUnknown
Top Spin E-World Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea Huss Top SpinUnknownOperating
Top Spin Seoul Land Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea Huss Top Spin1997Operating
Top Spin La Feria de Chapultepec Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Huss Top SpinUnknownRemoved
Top Spin Luna Park Tel Aviv Flag of Israel.svg IsraelUnknownUnknownUnknownOperating
Top SpinJoyland Flag of Pakistan.svg PakistanUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Top Spin FRESH Funfair Flag of Germany.svg Germany Huss Top Spin1993Operating
Top Spin FRESH Funfair Flag of France.svg France Huss Top Spin1991Operating
Top Spin Nº1 Funfair Flag of Germany.svg Germany Huss Top Spin1990Operating
Tornado Dunia Fantasi Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia Zamperla Windshear2007Operating
Tornado F5 Parque Diversiones Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Huss Top Spin2010Operating
Tumbling Waves Quancheng Euro Park Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaUnknownTop Spin2014Operating
Twister Six Flags Darien Lake Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin2000Removed
Twister Lake Winnepesaukah Flag of the United States.svg United States Moser's Rides Maverick2016Operating
Twister Six Flags Great Adventure Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin1999Operating
Twister Six Flags New England Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin1997Removed
Twister Harborland Ningbo Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Huss Top SpinUnknownRemoved
Vortex Sea World Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Huss Suspended Top Spin2020Operating
VortigoEtnaland Flag of Italy.svg Italy Moser's Rides Super Loop on Top2013Operating
VooDoo Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Flag of the United States.svg United States Huss Top Spin1998Closed
Waikiki Wave Lotte World Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea Vekoma Waikiki Wave1991Removed
Waterspin Duinrell Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Huss Top Spin1996Closed
Wipeout Dreamworld Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super Flip1993Removed
Yukan Raft Fort Fun Abenteurland Flag of Germany.svg Germany Huss Top Spin 22013Removed

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