Manufactured By: Huss Maschinenfabrik – Bremen, Germany
Ride Model: Swing Around
Max Height: About 26 feet
Number Of Gondolas: 14
Ride Capacity: 28 (2 per gondola)
Hourly Capacity: 1,120 riders per hour
Lagoon’s Cyclone was one of a few rides leased from Huss Maschinenfabrik for one season. It was located directly east of Jet Star 2 where the Whirlwind had been in the previous year (and where Air Race is today). According to an email I received, the ride’s paint scheme was orange and red.
A former employee informed me that Cyclone was moved from Worlds Of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri and it could have returned there afterwards since they had one in operation after 1985. But there’s a chance it was relocated from Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. Kennywood also seems to have had the same kind of one-year agreement with similar Huss rides¹.
After Cyclone was removed, the space later became the Jet Star Terrace which had canopies and tables, but never a permanent building. For several years the area was left empty with the exception of Psycho Dave’s Junkyard Maze which used the space during Frightmares from around 2005 to 2011. Air Race opened in this location in 2012.
Photos of similar rides in Worlds Of Fun and Kennywood.
Watch a pretty crazy on-ride video on a Huss Swing Around in 1990.
1. This website shows the Huss Ranger and Swing Around for a short time at Kennywood. Scroll down to the year 1984.
Lagoon ready for 90th season. Deseret News, 12 Apr 1985.
Kennywood. Theme Park Timelines, accessed 27 Sep 2010.
RE: Cyclone at Lagoon. Email message to author, 10 Apr 2004.
Whirlwind update and more. Email message to author, 20 Oct 2005.