Why Circus Circus is the best HUSS Magic ever built


Those who’ve been here before will know how fond we are of HUSS Magic rides. The combination of fast motions, floaty airtime and constant changes of direction allow Magic to hit that sweet spot right between being thrilling and sickening.

Designed in 1989, the Huss Magic comprises of 12 – 4 seater spinning cars suspended at the ends of four spinning radial arms, which are in turn attached to four more spinning arms.. yes, this ride spins a lot.

As the ride begins the two sets of arms spin in opposite directions creating a sizzler-twist like motion. As the speed increases the operator can then angle the centre of the ride, causing the four arms to raise up and down in a wave-like motion. The motion is not too dissimilar to that of a Polyp, however the added weight and angle of the cars here make Magic’s ride experience feel somewhat more forceful.

Circus Circus was built in the birth year of Magic, 1989, making it almost 30 years old now. Despite this, you’d be forgiven for thinking the ride was brand new – it is immaculate. Owner Thomas Gründler (Germany) is to be commended for the efforts he has put into maintaining this beautiful machine, which has had a full refurbishment in winter 2017-2018. The works which were carried out by SAD Maschinenbau Gmbh not only ensured the mechanical wellbeing of the ride but also the superficial appearance, with an extensive repaint taking place.

This alone would be enough to crown Circus Circus as the number 1 Magic ride, but the show doesn’t stop there. Circus Circus is consistently operated to fully exploit the capabilities of the HUSS machine. The rider experience is fast, thrilling and forceful thanks to the manual controls which are used to ensure no two rides are the same.

Where can you ride it? Well, normally the answer would be Germany.. however.. Circus Circus will be making its way to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland (London) 2018 and I highly recommend you visit and give it a go. But if you can’t wait that long then check out our full on-ride video below!


Take a front seat ride on Alpina Bahn, the huge travelling roller coaster


Alpina Bahn is a MASSIVE travelling roller coaster that travels in Germany. This Schwarzkopf ride was built in 1983 and still rides like a brand new coaster here in 2018.

Filmed at the Dusseldorf Rheinkirmes 2018 using GoPro mounted to the train. Alpina Bahn is owned and toured by Oscar Bruch.


Hold Tight Europe – our crazy Theme Park tour around Germany and Holland!


Join us for a mega roller coaster holiday through Germany and Holland! What an adventure this one was! Starting and ending in Cologne, the trip included 1570km of driving and 122km of walking. In 10 days we covered 7 theme parks, 1 funfair and 6 hotels.

We’ve done our best to cram it all into a 4 minute film, but there is plenty more to see over the coming months so please do subscribe to our YouTube channel if you like what you see!


Düsseldorf Rheinkirmes 2018 – AMAZING German Funfair!


One of the World’s BEST funfairs, and the largest on the Rhein, join us as we explore the 2018 Düsseldorf Rheinkirmes!

This year’s Kirmes saw a record attendance of around 4.2 million visitors during its 10 day run, from 13th – 22nd July 2018. Attractions include Alpina Bahn, Hangover, Chaos Pendel, Konga, Spinning Racer, Infinity, Mr Gravity, Hollenblitz and many more!


Muntanya Russa – Coaster on the side of a Spanish mountain!


A stunning location for a roller coaster! Muntanya Russa is at Tibidabo Amusement Park in Barcelona, Spain. Includes onride and offride POV.


Lego Roller Coaster!


Look at this awesome new Lego set! This is the Creator Expert Roller Coaster 10261, released 1st June 2018.

The set features two roller coaster trains, working lift hill and station, and even a transfer/traverser track for adding and removing the second train.


RED FORCE insane launch coaster.. 0-112mph in 5 seconds!


Launch to 112mph and soar 367 feet into the air on Red Force at Ferrari Land, Port Aventura.

This Intamin launch coaster features a very intense LSM launch which continues to accelerate you for 5 seconds


Trip video: Port Aventura, Ferrari Land and Tibidabo


3 days, 3 parks! We’re back with our first trip overseas of 2018. This time we visit Port Aventura, Ferrari Land and Tibidabo.

This 3 night trip is surprisingly affordable and a great way to get your fix on some truly excellent rides, with the promise of some sunshine thrown in. What’s your favourite ride at Port Aventura? Let us know down below!


The Creepy Crawler (Flight of the Giant Peach) roller coaster, Oakwood Theme Park


Onride POV. Flight of the Giant Peach opened at Oakwood Theme Park in 2017 as part of a new area named ‘Dahland’. It was themed to Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’.

As can be seen from this video, with the exception of the queue line the theming left much to be desired. So it is no surprise that the area has already been pulled and the coaster re-named for the 2018 season. Creepy Crawler is the ride’s current name. The coaster is a Pinfari RC40 and was originally located at M&D’s Scotland Theme Park.


The time has come for the Wicker Man to rise!


The Wicker Man is the first new wooden roller coaster to be built in the UK since Megafobia in 1996.

Built by Great Coasters International (GCI), it features over 2000ft of track during which riders burst through a flaming Wicker Man three times.


FRISBEE and MAGIC rides, new for 2018 at Fantasy Island


Fantasy Island UK are preparing to open two new thrill rides for the 2018 season. ‘Frisbee’ and ‘Magic’ are both now built up ready for opening on 17th March, but if you can’t wait that long then read on to see what is in store!

FRISBEE

Built by HUSS in 1994, the Frisbee is one of the original pendulum-swing type rides. Unlike most of it’s modern day counterparts which are powered by a motor at the top of the A-Frame structure, the HUSS Frisbee is tyre-driven from beneath the ride car.

Also unlike many of its modern counterparts is the shear size of this thing. It’s massive. Transportable rides of this size are scarcely seen in the UK these days, with the favour being placed on rides that can be folded down onto one or two trailers in a very short amount of time.

This particular ride was built in 1994 and travelled Germany under the ownership of Rudolf Robrahn. It was bought by James Mellor in 2014 where it opened at the Dubai Global Village before making its way to the UK in time for Nottingham Goose Fair 2017 and now the 2018 season at Fantasy Island Theme Park.

 

MAGIC

Hey hey hey.. it’s Magic! And this is the one we’re really excited about. Check it out;

Magic is another HUSS ride, this one built in 1993. Like the Frisbee, it was bought by showman and owner of Fantasy Island James Mellor in 2014 and spent some time in Dubai before coming to the UK at the end of 2017.

It really is a treat to see a Magic in the UK. Whilst the Frisbee is impressive, it is a ride type that generally everyone is well aware of and to some potentially nothing unique. A ‘Magic’ on the other hand is something I’ve only ever seen before overseas. It certainly seemed to be popular at Nottingham Goose Fair, attracting large crowds throughout the Friday evening of our visit.

In a world where travelling rides are getting more and more intense, it sometimes feels like manufacturers and owners have lost sight of the importance of making rides fun and enjoyable. Magic seems to be the perfect level of fun yet still a very thrilling experience. More like this please!

Fantasy Island reopens for the 2018 season on Saturday 17th March 2018.


A fart in paradise?


No, it’s not “Fart in Paradise”, although we wish it was! Fahrt ins paradies is actually German for “Trip to paradise”.

This is a classic vintage ride that can be seen travelling in Germany under ownership of Schleifer. It was built in 1939 but still pulls the crowds thanks to the excellent show that is put on. On this occasion (Duren Annakirmes), our ride token included a party hat, blower, and live music played by the operating team. Enjoy!


Take a ride on this Meccano Top Buzz model!


Take a seat on Michael Molden’s amazing Meccano Top Buzz ride! This latest video comes in 60fps and really shows just how smooth this model runs.


INFINITY – tallest mobile looping ride in the world!


This is Infinity, the tallest transportable looping ride ever made! Standing 65m high, this funfair ride is absolutely gigantic.

It was built by KMG and opened in 2016. Infinity travels in Germany under the ownership of Hoefnagels and Sohne. Includes onride and offride footage.


Drifting Coaster – The roller coaster with swinging seats!


This roller coaster is the first and only of its kind to be made by Reverchon. The Drifting Coaster is travelled by FTE Ahrend of Hannover, Germany. It first opened in 2016 and features 10 cars with swinging seats.


The awesome Octopussy ride!


This is Markmann’s “Octopussy” Polyp ride, filmed at the Düren Annakirmes. The ride is a Monster III built by Schwarzkopf.


Winter Wonderland Stoke-on-Trent 2017


Stoke’s Winter Wonderland returns for a second year in Hanley town centre. Plenty of rides and stalls for all the family to enjoy this festive season.

Winter Wonderland runs from 16th November 2017 – 2nd January 2018. You can find it in the Birch Terrace car park, Hanley.


Winter Wonderland ONRIDE FEATURE, mounted camera views!


You may have seen our Winter Wonderland music video a few days ago, well here’s a bit of bonus footage for you!

Check out some full length on ride footage of the biggest and best rides at the 2017 event.