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Dollywood has confirmed that its popular Timber Tower attraction will remain closed for the time being, as it continues to dispute contractual terms with the ride's manufacturer.

WBIR reports that Dollywood is unable to operate the ride until the dispute with HUSS Park Attractions is settled. The 65-feet-tall ride has been closed to the public since fall of 2010, having originally made its debut in 2005.

The report quotes Dollywood spokesman Pete Owens as saying: "We're in a contract dispute with the manufacturer of this ride and until this dispute is settled, the ride will remain idle."

Timber Tower is one of only two HUSS Topple Tower rides in North America, with the other still in operation at Marine Land in Niagara Falls. It sees guests boarding a 40-person gondola, which rises to the top of a tower. It then rotates as the tower topples back and forth.

The ride was in the news in 2007 when 40 passengers became stranded on it for around 3 hours. The incident was ultimately attributed to a faulty safety sensor.

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Glad to know why it is closed. I didn't mind this ride. I actually enjoyed it the last time I rode it. I recall it seemed to have frequet issues of being "down" even when it first opened. Seems to me there was something faulty in the contstruction all along for it to be down so often.

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