Dollywood has confirmed that the Timber Tower ride will be removed from the park ahead of the 2012 season, having been out of action for more than 18 months.
The park's spokesman Pete Owens recently revealed to Theme Park Tourist that Timber Tower was not likely to reopen, despite the resolution of a long-running dispute with manufacturer HUSS. Now, timesnews.net quotes Owens as confirming the ride's removal ahead of the start of Dollywood's 2012 season on March 24.
Earlier this month, Dollywood 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 did not include any requirement for the companies to restore Timber Tower to operations.
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 saw guests boarding a 40-person gondola, which rose to the top of a tower. It then rotated as the tower toppled back and forth. It suffered from a range of technical problems following its debut, including a high-profile incident in 2007 when 40 riders became stranded on it for around 3 hours.