Enterprise

The Enterprise was arguably the most ground-breaking ride ever for it’s time, setting a standard for a whole generation of amusement rides on its debut in 1972. The Schwarzkopf Enterprise had an overall look and engineering technology that was years ahead of its time.

The HUSS Enterprise is in actual fact a copy from Schwarzkopf who manufactured some 20 rides. In 1976, HUSS produced their own superior copy (larger capacity, with a hydraulic arm, not electro-mechanical) HUSS has now sold over 95 Enterprises worldwide.

The Enterprise consists of 20 gondolas, each fitting 2 people – one sitting behind the other. The ride then rotates clockwise gaining just enough speed to keep its riders perfectly in place with centrifugal force. The main arm then slowly lifts to 87° smoothly hurling the riders upside down. The ride may look repetitive and nauseating but the on-ride experience is MUCH different making for a very enjoyable, ultra-smooth ride.

Through very clever engineering there are no safety harnesses other than the grab-bars on the car walls, due to the centrifugal force making gravity and body weight are just about equal – this creates a feeling of weightlessness while also ensuring you stay on your seat.

A portable Enterprise fits on 2.5 trailers and weighs 40 tonnes, though nowadays most are park models.

As a result of Enterprise’s success, HUSS produced the larger capacity Sky Lab containing fifteen four-person gondolas. Some years later, HUSS released a stand-up variation, the UFO.

There are approximately 23 HUSS Enterprises in North America, at least 20 in Europe and 3 in Australia.

68 Responses to “Enterprise”

  1. I hope some of the ride ops here can answer this: are there any Enterprise models that let the operator vary the wheel’s speed? I saw an Enterprise (“Moon Walk”) at a town fair in Germany. When the op had it completely up, at one point he said something (?) to the riders and then it looked like he slowed it down just enough to drop the force a bit and make the gondolas sway a little as they went over the top. He really had those riders screaming. Then he speeded it up again for the rest of the ride. Thanks for clueing me in.

    Mike S - February 20th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  2. One place where I have been on a Schwarzkopf model is at Six Flags Great America near Chicago. Here it is called the ‘Orbit.’ Another park that has a Huss version is Lagoon in Utah. It is known as the ‘Centennial Screamer.’

    Mike Ford - May 12th, 2013 at 3:55 am

  3. Still my favorite ride of all time. Nothing else can beat it, no matter how tall, how fast, or how wild they get. Sadly, it’s getting harder to find them now. My “home” park, Lake Compounce, still has one, but they might not for too much longer, it’s starting to spend more time under repair than it is running =/

    Rai Fox - May 29th, 2013 at 5:56 am

  4. I currently move a huss enterprise and it is safe and there is many reasons for no single riders rule

    memphis - July 12th, 2013 at 4:41 am

  5. Fun Spot America in Orlando, FL just got Six Flags over Georgia’s Schwarzkopf Enterprise ride. I believe it was called the Wheelie at SFoG, they moved it down here, renamed it the Enterprise, and installed LED lights on it. Check out my YouTube page by clicking on my name to see the video.

    Coasterjunkie - July 12th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  6. I really like Orbiter at Canada’s Wonderland because it is the only Sky lab or Giant Enterprise made by Huss left in North America. It’s been running for approximately 32 years other than it being closed for two years (2006-2007). I like it how the gondolas have two seats instead of the single seated Enterprises. Amazing ride! Especially when it goes upside down!

    John Brooks - October 4th, 2013 at 9:11 am

  7. Ive been on 3 different enterprises in England uk and 1 in Thailand and NONE of them have had no single riders signs. I suspect its down to money. The enterprise in Thailand had seat belts fitted to it. I think this was because it wasn’t the fastest ive been on and the cars did seem to swing around a lot

    stewart s - October 12th, 2013 at 5:46 am

  8. All dAy Evry dAy

    SATAN HIMSELF - February 12th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

  9. Love the HUSS Skylab @ Canada’s Wonderland, and one of the only ones left in existence in the world. It’s called orbiter.

    34ilikepie - June 15th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

  10. OT: Rock-O-Plane aka ‘Monkey Cages’

    Rye Playland had one until late ’80s, and many traveling shows still run them. Ferris wheels on steroids, LOL!

    My question is: Has anyone ever ridden a Rock O Plane full cycle without EVER flipping upside-down?

    KidAtHeart - March 16th, 2015 at 10:17 am

  11. Yo,

    The yellow cages with red dot is actually called the reef diver. It is at Dreamworld Australia.

    TheGoldenSword

    OllieTGS - June 19th, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  12. Huss rides has reinvented the Huss Enterprise with a new version called Enterprise 2G, Enterprise 2GH and Enterprise 2GH PLus. These new models feature new hybrid cars where riders sit side by side. They also feature the old classic cars as well. The 2GH Plus is something really special where it operates as a normal Enterprise ride but, then it has a special tilting action. For more details click or copy the link as it will take you to Huss’ website: http://www.hussrides.com/news/news.html

    I wonder what Huss will reintroduce next as they had reintroduced the Condor last year.

    John Brooks - July 2nd, 2015 at 8:28 am

  13. I rode the Enterprise some years ago when I was a Carnie. I loved it! I was in awe of it. I had to ride this ride. My ex husband found someone to ride with me. The smoothest ride ever! I will never forget this ride!

    Dusty smith - August 21st, 2015 at 11:36 am

  14. they have one at calaway park, its called the storm. im pretty sure they got it in 2006, its my second favorite ride at te park, my first being the chaos. anyway its awesome its fast its upside down its sideways, its definitley a thrill, one time i was at the park and i guess it was spinning slower than normal because the gondolas would rock alot instead of staying straight and i was terrified. now when ever it happens i love it its happened twice…..buts its a great ride

    Jehad - September 25th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

  15. Ride this every year at Darian Lake. Rode it as a kid and now yy 7 year old loves it. So I get to be a young again and ride it all over again. Hope it doesn’t disappear soon, it is getting old. They had a UFO as well at the park but they removed that 2 years ago, and the Ranger was removed this year.

    Ken - February 18th, 2016 at 8:26 am

  16. Everyone, stay OFF the Enterprise! It is manufactured by Chance “North Korea/Nazi Germany” Rides, Inc and has a “No Single Riders” rule! Boycott Chance Rides and their cruel “No Single Riders” tyranny!

    Boycott No Single Riders - February 25th, 2016 at 6:06 pm

  17. I don’t know about other rides around the world, but the one I rode at Luna Park in Australia did not have enough centrifugal force to keep me in my seat. The whole time I kept all my limbs straightened against the edges of the cart because I was holding on for dear life, especially when the person I was riding with smashed onto me from behind when the ride became almost vertical. They really need to upgrade it, or at least have safety belts, just in case the ride misfunctions.

    Terrified - July 21st, 2016 at 1:06 am

  18. To terrified, Which Luna Park? There is one in Melbourne, which I know has one of these rides, and there is Luna Park Sydney, which doesn’t.

    iamterraverso - August 29th, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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