Carowinds Rain Policy

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Carowinds Rain Policy

Postby DBru » Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:16 pm

Hey everybody! I'm checking in from our condo in Myrtle Beach. We are heading to Carowinds on Saturday (around park opening) and there is currently a 40% chance of showers. We don't want to waste the money if nothing is open all day, so if it rains, how strict is their rain policy?

I was wondering because Carowinds is owned by Cedar Fair, and Cedar Point's rain policy is HORRENDOUS! If there is ONE drop of rain, each coaster's train has to be tested like 5(?) times before reopening. How similar is Carowind's?


Any additional info, such as.......

-What to do first
-Best seats on all the coasters
-Approx. wait times
-Where to go when it rains
-DISCOUNTS!!! (without using a printer...)

......would be GREATLY appreciated!



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Postby DBru » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:11 am

No help? :cry: :( :cry:
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Postby pkd freak » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:25 am

Well, I only really can speak off of KD/Cedar Fair. The rules should stand for all Cedar fair parks, but your never sure. From my experience with KD rain sitiuations. I know KD would run their coasters weither if its drizzling or pouring, unless it's thundering and lighting... Even when it pours, they still running. So, good luck and fun at Carowinds.
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Postby Sunfire » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:07 am

Well, at CGA, which is another Cedar Fair site, Our rain policy doesn't seem to be as strict. Most of the rides close only if it's a torrential downpour, or nearby lightning.

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Postby verticalzero » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:30 am

When I visited CP it thundered and lightning while I was waiting for "Mantis", The ride was down for 15 - 20 mins and the cars were running again just as the rain was stopping.

I'm sure the park is not 2 strict on rain, I was at Alton Towers on the 29th March and it was raining all afternoon, the only ride which closed was "Spinball" which was not surprising considering it's a spinning coaster and having rain slammed into your face side-ways is not 2 cool.

Best time to ride a coaster is in the wet, there is less friction between the wheels and track so your travel faster around the course. More G's n :airtime: :) (Joking)
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Postby Astat » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:04 am

The whole "Cedar Fair = everything shuts down in rain" thing really only applies to Cedar Point, at least for most of last season. They became a LOT more cautious in rainy weather after the Magnum accident last year, because rain was said to have been part of the issue in that. Apparently on TPR's Midwest trip, basically ALL of the major rides closed when it rained. In stark contrast, I can clearly remember riding Millennium Force in an outright downpour about 4 years ago. I've never had rain at another Cedar Fair park, so I can't speak for them, but the typical trend at CP up until last year was that most of the major rides would stay open unless there was lightning and/or heavy wind.

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Postby Coasterlvr_nc » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:00 am

Rain policy... What rain policy??

Honestly, unless its a total downpour, the rides should stay open, I know there are specifics for certain rides, IE, the yo-yo closes when the wind is too high, and Scooby doo's haunted mansion generally stays open all the time, same for Action theatre. Ricochet closes with the slightest drop of rain tho.

As for best seats. Hurler, Your on your own there... sorry

Afterburn, front if you want a ride with the best view, back if you want a ride that throws you around a bit more.

Nighthawk, the row doesnt really make much of a difference view wise, and they assign you a row anyways.

Cyclone, Back, you get a nice little pop of airtime on the first drop.
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Postby Carnage » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:21 am

I've been to Canadas Wonderland and Valleyfair during rain, and all rides have ran in the rain. (except when lightning approached).

I'd gues that the over the top rain policy is restricted to Cedar Point.
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Postby DBru » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:04 pm

I guess I just don't understand why a chain wouldn't be consistent about their policies. I mean, did rain REALLY have anything to do with the Magnum incident?
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Postby coasterguy99 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:58 pm

Carowinds only really closes ride if theres lighting, for the Hurler the best seats are the front and back. For a discount without a printer go buy a Coke-Cola, drink it (i think 20oz). I think they are still doing that promotion, I heard about it on the radio the other day. And the most important thing to remember at Carowinds is everyone will be at Nighthawk, so do it first if you get in at opening, but have fun.

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