I live 15 minutes from the park now. Haven't been to the park in 2 years and I've lived within 80 miles of the park for all my life.
It's a boring park. It doesn't cater to enthusiasts, as it shouldn't. It's the only major theme park in the area. HRP, SFOG, KD, Dollywood, and BGE are all at least 3 hours away. So obviously, there isn't much competition in the area.
Once you do Top Gun, Thunder Road, Drop Zone, and Borg (In that order), there isn't much of a reason to be there. I'd buy a season pass if they would just build a steel hyper with some airtime. Carowinds lacks airtime BIGTIME.
We've heard rumors of a hyper for years. And that's all they've been is rumors. It's possible for 2009, but I only say that because it'll be 5 years since they've had a major attraction, and it seems to be in 5 year increments that Carowinds gets a major attraction since 1994.
Top Gun (1999)