Cyclone

Opened: 1985
Closed: 1985
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 in May 1985. Photo courtesy of Deseret News

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). It was like a modern version of the Flying Aces (which was removed around 1982 and returned due to popular demand in 1986). According to an email I received, the ride’s paint scheme was orange and red.

A former employee once informed me that Cyclone had previously been operating at Worlds Of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri and it could have returned there afterwards. But there’s also a chance that they got the one from Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania instead. Kennywood also seems to have had the same kind of one-year agreement with similar Huss rides because they had similar models for a single season before Lagoon had the same one-year installations.

Rides occupying the same location next to Jet Star 2.

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.

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LINKS

Tri-Star

UFO

Whirlwind

Air Race

Photos of similar rides in Worlds Of Fun and Kennywood.

Watch a pretty crazy on-ride video on a Huss Swing Around in 1990.

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SOURCES

Lagoon ready for 90th season. Deseret News, 12 Apr 1985.

Kennywood. Theme Park Timelines, accessed 27 Sep 2010.

Swing Around. Huss Maschinenfabrik official website, accessed 14 Oct 2010 using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

RE: Cyclone at Lagoon. Email message to author, 10 Apr 2004.

Whirlwind update and more. Email message to author, 20 Oct 2005.

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3 thoughts on “Cyclone”

  1. The Tri-Star was also located in that space, east of Jetstar at some point. I always thought the Tri-Star was the only ride located in the space, but learned later that other rides occupied it as well. The only ride I recall in that area was the Tri-Star because it was my favorite Lagoon ride until it was removed.

  2. That’s right, Tri-Star was there before it was removed. Some say it was there when it first opened at Lagoon in 1979 and moved elsewhere when these rides came in.

  3. Huh! That must have been the “temporary ride pad” for a while until Psycho Dave’s went there and then Air Race seems to have occupied it permanently.

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