Just a got back from the media event for Carowinds' Carolina Cobra, the Vekoma Boomerang relocated from Geauga Lake. Despite dreary overcast skies and eventually rain, the park offerd a nice lunch, band, CC ice sculpture and even live snakes (no Cobra's ... sorry.
Opening remarks came from Bart Kinzel, Carowinds VP/GM. Dick Kinzel was also in attendance but did not speak. Along with new paint on Borg-Hawk and lots of landscaping, there are BIG things planned for this park in 2010 and the years ahead. And where the old Arrow log flume once was you'll find a nice big construction fence where work is underway on "something"...
The new Vekoma trains are major improvement over the standard vehicles. Though the "vest" rests snugly against ones shoulder and chest, there's still a LOT more rider freedom. And there's NO additional seatbelt-thing attaching the restraint to the car body. This "should" speed up cycles as the crew gets used to the ride.
Here a few pics I got before the sprinkle became a downpour.
Gotta run, we're off to a wet Spring Fling at SFOG!