Dollywood has confirmed that its Timber Tower ride is likely to remain closed on a permanent basis, after reaching a settlement with the attraction's manufacturer.
The park revealed yesterday that it had agreed a deal to end a long-running dispute with HUSS Park Attractions and Huss Parts & Services. The terms of the deal remain confidential, but it appears that it does not include any requirement for the companies to restore Timber Tower to operations.
Dollywood spokesman Pete Owens told Theme Park Tourist that Timber Tower "has not operated for more than 18 months and is likely not to reopen". The ride, which opened in 2006, 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 was purchased from HUSS Maschinefabrik, from which the two current HUSS companies were formed after it fell into insolvency.
Timber Tower 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 has suffered from a range of technical problems since its debut, including a high-profile incident in 2007 when 40 riders became stranded on it for around 3 hours.