This ride was the first of five Tri-Stars built by German manufacturer HUSS, and issued the serial number 33 592. It was new to Dutch showman De Vries in 1977, and only operated with him for a single season . The ride was then exported to the USA, where it operated throughout the 1980s.
It arrived at Alton Towers in 1991, replacing the Four Man Bob rollercoaster in Talbot Street. In 1992 it moved to the Festival Park area of the park, however this would be its final season before being sold .
In 1993 it opened at Pleasure Island Family Theme Park in Cleethorpes, and was one of a number of rides purchased from Alton Towers at this time. It retained the name Tri-Star during its 2 season stay at the park. For the 1995 season it was relocated to sister park Flamingo Land and renamed Flamingo Star. In 1996 the ride was sent to Nauta Bussink for an extensive rebuild.
Pleasurewood Hills purchased the ride from Flamingo Land at the end of the 2004 season, and opened the ride as Thunderstruck for the 2005 season. The ride was rebuilt by the park and reopened for the 2012 season under the new name Tide Traveller.