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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby average.coaster.fan » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:25 am

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jarmor wrote:The only ride that doesn't have bins is Fury, I wear my glasses on everything and I have no straps.


So is Fury an "I need to rent a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo" scenario, or an "I can toss my stuff onto the platform" scenario?


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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby Card » Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:03 am

I'll be visiting Carowinds for the majority of next week. Couple questions for those of you in the know:

1. I've only visited in April and September and both times seemed a bit on the slow side, though September was certainly a bit busier. I suppose this is kind of a dumb question, but I assume July will be noticeably more crowded, even during weekdays, yes?

2. I'm hoping to do most of my eating outside the park as I hated most of the food there. Even Harmony Hall was pretty disappointing. I'm big on Luigi's Pizza a few miles to the north, but are there any other must-visit places nearby? I'll also be looking for breakfast one morning, so a good place to grab some grub first thing would be a huge bonus, too.

Thanks, you guys. Hoping to share some pics when I get back, too, as the DSLR is also making the trip.

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby The Geek Mojo » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:42 am

Card wrote:I'll be visiting Carowinds for the majority of next week. Couple questions for those of you in the know:

1. I've only visited in April and September and both times seemed a bit on the slow side, though September was certainly a bit busier. I suppose this is kind of a dumb question, but I assume July will be noticeably more crowded, even during weekdays, yes?

2. I'm hoping to do most of my eating outside the park as I hated most of the food there. Even Harmony Hall was pretty disappointing. I'm big on Luigi's Pizza a few miles to the north, but are there any other must-visit places nearby? I'll also be looking for breakfast one morning, so a good place to grab some grub first thing would be a huge bonus, too.

Thanks, you guys. Hoping to share some pics when I get back, too, as the DSLR is also making the trip.



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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby LiftThrill » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:33 am

Does anyone know why Carowinds has a ride entitled "something" on queue-times? :lol:
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby DorneyKid14 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:20 pm

[url=Check out @Carowinds’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Carowinds/status/1020050681699315712?s=09]carowinds throwing down more teasers.[/url]
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:43 pm

LiftThrill wrote:Does anyone know why Carowinds has a ride entitled "something" on queue-times? :lol:


something looks too intense for me.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby carolinaman » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:51 pm

Took a few pics Wed.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby DILinator » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:51 am

average.coaster.fan wrote:
CaptainUnknown wrote:
jarmor wrote:The only ride that doesn't have bins is Fury, I wear my glasses on everything and I have no straps.


So is Fury an "I need to rent a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo" scenario, or an "I can toss my stuff onto the platform" scenario?


Yes, you do need to rent a fluffy fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo to ride Fury.


Or you can just do what I see a lot of people do when I've been there, who chuck their backpacks and bags behind the hedge at the entrance to the queue! :lol: (Please note that I am NOT recommending this practice, and would never personally do it myself! But it's definitely "a thing", much to Carowinds' chagrin!)
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby CaptainUnknown » Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:05 pm

Unfortunately, it's looking like my trip next week will be a wet one. High chance of thunder and rain my entire visit. So on a scale of Six Flags Great Adventure during Holiday in the Park to Six Flags Great Adventure in the Summer, how is the weather policy? I expect the high rides to shut down for lightning, but what rides shut down for anything more than a light drizzle?

Also, while I expect the magic seats on Intimidator/Fury to be the back, do any of the other coasters have magic seats? What seats are recommended--especially on Nighthawk/Hurler/Vortex?
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby zburns999 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:19 pm

^From one trip, so take with a grain of salt...

On my visit, every major ride in the park shut down in the afternoon simply due to the threat of storms. There had been no lightning visible, and the rain didn't begin for well over an hour later. Nothing ever reopened, and the park shut down at 7:00 PM (I assume that, up until then, shops and restaurants were open). So yeah, if you have thunder and lightning in the forecast, be prepared for the possibility of a near-total shutdown. As for light rain, I cannot speak to that.

My experience with Fury was that the front was far-and-away the better spot, and I'm usually a back-seat purist in most cases. I also found Intimidator to be much better in the front, which is odd because I think that Behemoth and Diamondback are back-seat rides. Everything else I only had a chance to ride once, so I can't give you an informed opinion. Perhaps a Carowinds local might be able to chime in...

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