Carowinds Discussion Thread

P. 261 - Carowinds getting a Giga Coaster???
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby The Westate » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:11 am

Obviously this means they are building a giga next year! :lol:

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby arby » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:48 am

They are definitely getting ready to start something near the front of the park. Reports I'm hearing are that there are lots of utility markings around the front plaza and the front gate. I also hear that they continue on to the entrance of Planet Snoopy. I'm not big into speculation so for all we know, it could be nothing more than a new restroom. I will try to make it back over there soon and map out the area where the markings are to get an idea of the scope of the area they're planning future work.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby PalmTree55 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:07 am

Maybe another version of Cedar Point's Gatekeeper. Not neccesarily a B&M Wing Coaster, but something that redefines the front gate/plaza area.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby arby » Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:27 pm

It appears there is something big going on at Carowinds. I've heard reports of utility markings and survey stakes being spotted so I stopped by this morning to get an idea of the scope of the project. The yellow and the green dotted lines are marking the potential boundaries of the project since I saw utilites marked throughout those areas (I added the green line after I realized the blue flags I saw in the lower right were water lines). All the orange dots are survey stakes. Additionally I found two trees and one power pole marked with blue and pink tape which I marked in purple and connected them with a purple dotted line. At first I thought maybe they couldn't figure it if was going to be a boy or girl. :b The numbers on the map correspond to the pictures after the edited Google map.

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:08 pm

^Thanks for the detective work and photographic proof. Personally I don't closely follow until official announcements are made but a lot of TPR does love the speculation aspect.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby arby » Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:43 pm

You're welcome. Since this is my home park, I'm keeping a close eye on the project and will continue to provide updates as anything real develops. I'm not into a lot of the speculation, either, so my updates usually just include the facts that I see and not the rumors that I hear. I do like watching progress, especially on bigger projects like this.

With that being said, I did talk to some people while I was investigating but I'll keep that to myself since they are strictly rumors. One pertinent bit of information came from an outside engineer who was working in the bus parking lot. He was there because it was raining and he was looking into how the water was draining on the property. He also said that the blueprints he was carrying would be of no interest to me. ;)
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:05 pm

^ I remember seeing similar markings like this on the Frontier Trail at CP last year and thinking that something was going into that area in 2013. They ended up building Gatekeeper at the front of the park instead so my guess is that this may not be for a new attraction...but you never know.

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:22 pm

I wonder if they planning a resort hotel?


Also, I'm going to Carowind's August 17th for my 400th Coaster. Anyone wanna join me in the celebration?
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby arby » Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:07 am

^Yes, a resort hotel is still rumored to be in their master plan to come in the next 2-3 years.

I'd love to join you in your celebration of #400. Unfortunately I have out of town family visiting then so I probably can't make it. I'll let you know if that changes.

BTW, I usually don't go to Carowinds on Saturdays this time of year because of the crowds - you'll probably want to invest in a fast lane pass. When we went last Sunday after lunch, there was almost nobody in the queue and it was about a 10 minute wait because they were only running 2 trains. Yesterday, the queue was full and spilling out into the plaza.

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:35 am

Interesting development, the scope of the project seems to be pretty large. If it is a hotel I wonder if they will include an indoor water park section? I've always wondered why more regional parks weren't I interested in building on site hotels with waterparks, it seems like an indoor option that is open year round would be a real draw in some of these major metropolitan areas (and yes i do realize there are Great Wolf lodges in some of these cities). I would think the parks could add some interesting season pass options for the facility as well.

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