5 Lesser Known Huss Rides

Quick! Name three Huss rides!

All right, so either you just said “what the hell is a ‘Huss’ ride?” or you spat out the three big rides manufactured by Bremen, Germany based Huss Maschinenfabrik: Top Spin, EnterpriseBreak Dance. Pirate and Rainbow would have also been acceptable answers, albeit amusement ride hipster responses. All of those rides should be familiar with theme park fans in The States as nearly every major park has at least one of them.

Huss was arguably the top manufacturer of flatrides from the mid 70s to 2006 when they entered insolvency. 1985 to 1996 in particular saw Huss debut a flurry of new rides while churning out new units left and right. With all of the rides Huss produced, there’s bound to be some that didn’t sell that well. I don’t want to call them flops, but some just didn’t sell well for one reason or another. Let’s take a look at some of them!

Take Off

I’ll start off with one that’s lesser known to North America at least. Take Off was a ride first made available in 1993. The ride is comprised of four gondolas situated on a massive turntable. Each gondola can hold ten people each for a total of 40 riders. The gondolas can spin in either direction while the turntable runs clockwise. Additionally, the ride can raise up to a 50 degree angle.

A lot of Huss rides rely heavily on G-Force and Take Off is pretty much the gold standard of this. When the gondolas and turntable are cranked up to their top speed, riders feel up to 4Gs while whipping around.

Only 10 Take Off rides were made, a few of which currently reside at parks like Sarkänniemi in Finland, Jerudong Playland in Brunei, and Siam Park City in Thailand while the others are owned by various showmen and travel around Europe.

Here’s a video taken by Ferry van der Donk of the Take Off owned by showman Ruppert.

Disco Round

Before you even play the video, I’m betting you’re already thinking that it’s Huss’ version of Gravitron. Well, you’re sort of right…although I feel like it would have been more popular if it was a proper centrifuge type ride. Instead, the ride has 20, two person pods…two kids or two skinny adults per seat at least. The UFO styled ride revolves at a brisk speed before tipping forward 30 degrees in a somewhat awkward fashion. The ride has one last trick in that the pods are able to slide up and down the walls pneumatically. All of this happened while the music thumped and the lights flashed to different sequences…the “Disco” in Disco Round.

The ride debuted in 1985 and a total of six were made, one of which making it to North America where it resided at La Ronde in Montreal under the name Ovni from 1986 to 2006. Others included an installation at Everland in South Korea which was removed some time ago, one traveling unit owned by Lorenz which I can’t find anything about after 2011 or so, and one that burned up while at a fair in Voorhout, Netherlands in 2003. Disco Round rides may very well be extinct Nope, there’s still two left! Thanks Jean-Philippe for the info!

Here’s an off-ride from 1999 featuring a Cyborg dude, robot dancing outside of the ride. This is just too awesome.

And here’s a short on-ride video by KAMORAkm of DiscoRound, owned by Lorenz.

Tri Star

Tri Star is a ride that debuted in 1977. The ride is similar to a later Huss creation, Condor, but without the tower and with less capacity, holding a max of 42 riders in 21 cars that are situated on 3 wheels.

The ride starts out level, allowing everyone to load at once. The wheels turn counterclockwise while the sweeps turn clockwise, making it like a Scrambler ride at this point. The entire ride then raises to a modest angle and riders are whisked through the air at heights up to 52 feet. Wheeeee!

Only 5 Tri Stars were made, with one actually making it over to North America. The one in question started as a traveling unit in Europe owned by Aigner before being shipped off to America where it bounced around in ownership between Strates Shows, Lagoon in Utah, Kennywood, Idlewild, and finally settling in Costa Rica.

Here’s a video by dnoguera 114 of Transformer at Parque de Diversiones in Costa Rica.


You know, I said Take Off is the gold standard of G Force rides made by Huss, but I might be wrong about that. Speedy is a rare ride by Huss with only 4 total being manufactured since its debut in 1994. I’m not surprised that so few were made; the ride is very similar to Flipper, but overshadowed by it in almost every way.

Speedy has 10 gondolas that can hold 4 passengers each. The gondolas are able to rotate mechanically and and only do so at lower speeds. At high speeds, the gondolas seem to just whip from side to side, adding to the already high G force of the main wheel’s rotation. The wheel is also attached to an arm underneath the decking that undulates the wheel in a small circle. I don’t know if that really adds a whole lot to the ride…but it’s there!

True to the name, the ride is extremely fast and can spin up to a maximum of 20rpm while the gondolas can whirl around at speeds up to 36rpm! For comparison, a Gravitron ride has a max speed of 24rpm.

Here’s a video by kermisweb of Speedy at a fair in 1998. You can tell it’s 1998 because Aqua is being played un-ironically. FYI, the ride only gets speedy at the 3 minute mark.


And here’s an on-ride video by Srdjan Tijanic of a Speedy at what I assume is some funfair in Kucura, Serbia. This one features a kid no-selling the G force with a stone face.

Ben Hur

At a first glance you might not think that Huss would make a measly little ride like Ben Hur considering their penchant for large, bombastic looking rides that are presented in such a way to attract masses of riders, but it is indeed a Huss ride. Ben Hur was first manufactured around 1982 and a total of 3 were made. The ride reminds me of one of those children’s Roto-Whip rides that you see from time to time, but I think the intention of Ben Hur was for it to be a modern Skid/Swing Mill type ride.

The ride features 12 cars that can hold two people each. The cars kind of look like old horse drawn chariots, which may be where the Ben Hur name came from (the movie does feature an epic chariot race.) The cars are equipped with a rope of all things which riders pull to make the cars sway back and forth.

Unfortunately there are no videos and few photos of a Huss manufactured Ben Hur. I did find this thread, which the post author asked if the photoed ride was a Huss model, but he/she got no replies.

Here’s a video of a similar ride to Ben Hur by Xtremerides thats themed as Beach Party. Manufacturer unknown…hell, it could be a Huss for all I know.

Honorable Mentions

  • Booster: Like Ben Hur, only three were produced making it extremely rare. I don’t want to add it because it’s still offered by Huss Park Attractions, and therefore more could pop up. Plus it was in Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 which sold, what, 10 million copies?
  • Jump²: Huss originally made a ride called Jumping, and Jump² is its bigger brother. Only 1 was made and it resides at Canada’s Wonderland under the name Sledge Hammer. Like Booster, this too is still offered by Huss Park Attractions.
  • Delirium: Huss promoted this ride back in the early 2000s but never produced one, probably because the idea was dumb. It was literally four, mini Huss Frisbee rides on a rotating carousel.



  • Spookyrides says:

    Palace Playland in Maine once had a Tristar, their website now shows a ride called “Superstar” which looks to be a refurbished Tristar. Cool ride and I hope to ride it once they open for the season!

  • MJ says:

    i wish parks nowadays cared more about flat rides..i like coasters and all but every year more of theses classics are dissapearing

    • DoD3Brian says:

      Yeah, the classics are usually only seen at smaller parks, although Cedar Fair isn’t bad either. Dorney still has an old Whip and they refurbed their Monster ride several years back. I saw that Carowinds is adding in a bunch of classic flats like Troika and Break Dance next year. Six Flags on the other hand…seems like even classic wooden coasters are doomed at SF. lol

  • David says:

    A photo of a Ben Hur taken at a German Fair in 1983


  • Jean-Philippe Groleau says:

    at least 2 “Disco-Round” still exist. One is at Chelyuskinites Park ( Парк Челюскинцев ) in Belarus with good looking new colors (I think it’s the one that used to be at Safaripark Stukenbrock in Germany ) image : http://www.holiday.by/files/blog/af7f9ca71ff89f32a348cbf299de5886-thumb-690×353.jpg

    and the other one, owned by Lorenz in Germany until recently, is now owned by Ralph Gusowski and getting completely re-themed as “Turbine”. It will not be enclosed anymore, as it will be operated without any roof or walls. Here is the facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/Turbine-by-Ralph-Gusowski-545260818956066/

  • BetterSkatez says:

    It’s sad that Kermisweb private his videos. I wonder what that video was like.

  • RicM says:

    Riverside Park (now Six Flags New England) in Agawam, MA had a TriStar beginning in the mid-80s (1986?) through the late 90s. Rode it many times.

    • Mike says:

      Thats what led me to this page. It is so hard to find pics or video of the ride at Riverside, but it was such a right of passage to get on there. The ride had the tallest height limit in the park at 60 inches.

  • Guy says:

    I just stumbled upon this article…interesting stuff! I have a couple of things that may be of interest. Firstly, I believe that a Huss Tristar is still operated as “The Tide Travelleer”, at the Pleasurewood Hills Park in the UK. A video of it I saw, a little while back, seemed to suggest it was no longer functioning as it should, but it was, at least, operating. I rode one of these at the old Bembom Brothers Park in Margate many years back (quite possibly the same ride). It was different, but not that exciting. I’m not surprised to learn that few were built.

    I also rode a Ben Hur a couple of times. It was very much Huss’s take on the classic Skid rides that have been a feature of UK fairgrounds for years (they’re not so common now, but some can still be found). So, whereas Skid rides have a foot pedal that (very effectively) generates the back-and-forth motion, the Ben Hur had the rope. I guess this was because the cars themselves didn’t rest on a track below, as Skids do, so a pedal wouldn’t have been possible. My first Ben Hur ride was at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Surprisingly, it turned out to be one of the most crazy and violent rides I can remember ever doing. As you might expect from a Huss ride, it was able to go very fast – much faster than any Skid that I’ve seen. This speed actually seemed to render the rope to be pretty much useless, as the forces made it hard to swing the car in any way at all. However, that wasn’t why the ride was crazy. The unexpected part (I’m not sure if Huss really intended this…) was that the ride would very suddenly come to a stop, causing the cars to slam hard to one side. It would then go through a short sequence of sudden direction changes (again, slamming the car back and forth each time…), before then setting off at speed again. On the ride I had, this cycle of speed-then-slamming happened a number of times. I kinda liked it…it was (obviously) memorable….but others got off in tears, probably crushed by others in their car. Some years later, I found (what I assume to be…) the same ride in Margate. Unfortunately, it just ran slowly in one direction, so was a complete waste of time. I’m not sure if the ropes were even still there. So, a shadow of what it had been, although I’m not entirely surprised. Still, I like that I actually got to experience this ride when being operated to its full(?) potential.

    • Mike says:

      The Tri Star @ Pleasurewood Hills is not the same machine which operated @ Dreamland, Margate. Margate’s Tri Star was new to Walter Rick (D) in 1977 and appeared at Margate at the end of 1982. The Pleasurewood Hill machine came from de Vries (NL) (new 1977) and was sold to Alton Towers at the end of 1988. It went to Pleasure Island (Cleethorpes) when they opened in May 1993 and then moved to Flamingo Land at the end of 1994 and moved to Pleasurewood Hills ten years later.

      The Ben Hur at Blackpool Pleasure Beach was owned by Albert Manning and arrived in April 1983. It moved to the American Adventure Park (Nr. Ilkeston) at the end of 1988 and advertised for sale by John Armitage in 2008 and possibly sold back to Huss. Dreamland, Margate also had a Ben Hur from March 1984 which also possibly ended up with John Armitage. There were only three Ben Hur rides manufactured and the third, new to German Showman Kallenkoet in 1982, was sold to Pleasureland, Southport at the end of 1983 and its fate is unknown. http://ride-index.de/include.php?path=content/content.php&contentid=1461

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