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Postby robbalvey » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:59 pm

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Carowinds, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!


February 15th, 2005 - Construction photos of flyers (from Kings Island) at Carowinds - SEE BELOW!
February 25th, 2005 - Last piece of Wayne's World theming is removed
March 18th, 2005 - Nickelodeon area opens
April 7th, 2005 - Happy Days restaurant opens (replaces Stan Mikita's)
September 21st, 2005 - Boomerang Bay coming in 2006

January 27th, 2007 - Looping Starship returns from the boneyard

May 15th, 2008 - Rumors of Head Spin (now Carolina Cobra) being relocated from Geauga Lake begin
September 28th, 2008 - Carolina Cobra announcement (formerly Head Spin at Geauga Lake)

January 27th, 2009 - Wild Thornberry's Log Flume removed
February 4th, 2009 - Nighthawk getting a facelift
August 26, 2009 - Intimidator Announcements, photos and video

February 9, 2010 - Videos of Intimidator Testing
June 24th, 2010 - Vehicles broken into at Carowinds
August 27th, 2010 - Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular announced for 2011

August 1st, 2011 - Cedar Fair acquires 61 acres of land for expansion
August 21st, 2011 - Windseeker for 2012
December 14th, 2011 - Windseeker construction photos posted!

January 18th, 2012 - Windseeker tower pieces arrive at Carowinds!
September 12th, 2012 - Leaked image confirms Dinosaurs Alive for 2013?
September 21st, 2012 - Carowinds announces Dinosaurs Alive! for 2013!

July 27th, 2013 - Lots of survey marking spotted at Carowinds
August 24th, 2013 - $50 million in improvements announced over the next three years (no specifics released)
September 7th, 2013 - Park Announces 2 new slides for Boomerang Bay in 2014!

August 21st, 2014 - Fury 325 announced

March 25th, 2015 - Live Fury 325 Media Day Updates!
May 23rd, 2015 - Thunder Road to close on July 26th
July 22nd, 2015 - Bands, Brews & BBQs event coming to Carowinds!
July 26th, 2015 - POV Video of Thunder Road!
August 27th, 2015 - Carolina Harbor announced
October 8th, 2016 - Plants vs Zombies interactive theater game announced for 2016
Secember 19th, 2015 - Carolina Harbor expansion construction update

February 6th, 2016 - 5 classic flat rides to be added for 2016
August 18th, 2016 - New County Fair area, rides and Winterfest announced

August 16th, 2017 - Expansion of Planet Snoopy into Camp Snoopy with 6 new kid's rides

February 12th, 2018 - Marriott's Spring Hill Suites announced for 2019
August 30th, 2018 - Copperhead Strike, Mack coaster with two launches
October 17th, 2018 - Flying Scooters to return in 2019

January 16th, 2019 - Copperhead Strike construction photos posted!
March 6th, 2019 - Copperhead Strike Front Seat POV!
August 15th, 2019 - Boogie Board Racer & Grand Carnivale announced!

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Carowinds just sent me some new construction pics of their flyers going in. Since I haven't been following this, are these the ones from PKI?

Anyway, here's the pics:
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Postby disneygurlz2s » Wed Feb 16, 2005 6:22 am

Sure, Robb, bring up a touchy subject...... (just kidding)

Yes, I am really sad to say, these ARE the flyers from PKI and I am pretty ticked (and so were a lot of other people from what I heard/read) about it. These were the original "flying scooters" that came to Kings Island from the original Coney Island park down by the Ohio River. They were a classic, and held a special place in my heart because they were one of the few rides left that I rode as a child with my late father, and that I now ride with my little girl.

They removed the flyers along with the antique auto turnpike to make way for "Italian Job". There were a lot of ticked off people because these are two rides that almost anyone can ride, and they were "classics". The arguement was that there are plenty of places at PKI where the flyers could have been moved, in particular, the circle that has stood empty for years where Flight Commander was. (Rumor has it the autos will return to the Nickelodeon Central area in '06.)

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Postby robbalvey » Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:28 am

^ That is too bad. Whenever a flat rides goes it's a sad day. But hey, at least be happy that PKI has gotten some new flat rides recently (Delerium, Tomb Raider...)

SFMM hasn't gotten a new flat ride since um....hmm...since they OPENED??? :shock:


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Postby disneygurlz2s » Wed Feb 16, 2005 11:24 am

^ True, and Delirium is a blast, but it all depends on your POV. My husband has done nothing but complain that we haven't gotten a hyper-coaster like Millenium or TTD, and even though they are touting Italian Job as a "family" coaster, it's going to have a 48" height requirement.

PKI is definitely behind on the mega-coaster craze, and they seem to take pride in the "family park" moniker, but they keep removing "family rides" and put in either mediocre thrill rides, or worse, pay to play attractions.

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Postby Mr. Volcano » Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:08 pm

Thanks for the pics Robb! I can see they've already done a few touch-ups to the Flyers before starting work, like the structure which has been painted from blue to white, they've done a nice job of putting this up it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

I think it will also be interesting to see the theme of the ride and how this thing runs, how they operate it if they work it like Kings Island did (I wasn't one of the few who got upset when they took it out, but I do find most flyers fun).

Well, however this goes you and I both know well that this will turn out better than Cypress Garden's "geometry project" ;)


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Postby MichRollerCoast » Thu Feb 17, 2005 10:44 pm

Having never been on the Flyers, I can't share the simpathy. But one thing I am not happy about is the fact that they are themeing them after a crappy Nick cartoon. They are painting the character all over them and, it just makes me mad, just touch up the paint and leave them as the Flyers.
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Postby jarmor » Thu Feb 17, 2005 10:49 pm

I think the name kinda fits however I dont know anything about the character. But im there for the ride not whats "painted all over them" :lol:

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Postby disneygurlz2s » Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:04 am

I would have to assume the show they are themeing them after is "Danny Phantom" which is a cartoon about a teenage boy who is also a ghost, or something. I think he's a crime fighter, like Disney's Kim Possible.

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Postby CoasterFanatic » Fri Feb 18, 2005 3:03 pm

Am I the only one who thinks that these will be tamed a lot due to their new placement in the Nick area?

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Postby Trev32 » Sat Feb 19, 2005 9:23 am

^Nope, I think that too...

Danny Phantom=One of the dumbest cartoons ever....

Although the name fits the ride, the theme dosen't.


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