Hey guys, I recently visited the park this past Wednesday, June 6 with my brother and we had a great time! The park is very beautiful and is very clean with no trash along the walkways and all of the planters full of vibrant flowers and bushes! We got to the park at 11:45a or so and left around 6:00p, so we spent about 6 hours at the park.
I didn’t do a whole lot of research before coming to the park but I did know about the three big B&M’s the park has to offer and was very much looking forward to them. I had heard great reviews about both Fury 325 and Afterburn so I had some high expectations for the two rides and they did not let me down! Also thought that having two coasters over 200' and being nearly the same thing would make Intimidator feel less worthy of ride when Fury 325 is the same park. I'm happy to report that both coasters offer entirely different experiences with Intimidator having the classic big hills and big intimidating look when entering the park while Fury offers that fast paced low to the ground feel with less hills but more twists and turns than Intimidator. I’ll start off with some reviews of all the rides we rode in the order we rode them.
Intimidator (x1) – This was my first ever B&M hyper and I absolutely loved it! I thought the floater air was awesome and the overall sensation of going up and down the hills followed with some twists and turns made it a very enjoyable experience. Not to mention how smooth the ride was and that we only waited 5 minutes to ride. Just a very fun coaster to ride with friends and anyone who enjoys big drops and hills.
Nighthawk (x1) – The only other flying style coaster I have ridden was Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain with it being one of y favorite coasters I have ridden so far. I have heard that these Vekoma flyers are not nearly as good as their B&M counterparts but I beg to differ. I thought that the initial position of laying down and going up the lift-hill was a little weird and uncomfortable with the sun in your eyes the entire time, but I was going to let that set the tone for the ride. The ride itself was very fun and actually smooth with the different rolls and maneuvers offering some fun transitions between all of the elements. Still prefer Tatsu to this one but I would definitely ride it again when I visit.
Windseeker (x1) – I was one of the few people who was able to ride the Windseeker that Knott’s had and I thought there were fun rides. These rides are great for when you want a great view of the surrounding area and some time off your feet from walking around. I think these are perfect rides for what they are and offer something that other rides just can’t deliver.
Afterburn (x2) – Wow! Just wow! My new favorite invert! Granted the only other inverts I have been on are a Batman clone and Silver Bullet but this one is just awesome! The inversions are quick and snappy, and the forces that are felt on the bottom of the drops are amazing. Had to ride the coaster once more after the first ride cause I was so blown away! Also worth mentioning that the ride was only running one train when we rode but the crew was cranking though and getting it out to cycle again within a minute of the train returning to the station, so a big props to the Afterburn crew!
Carolina Cyclone (x1) – Nothing really special about this ride other than the helix after the two corkscrews but was still a fun ride. Not to rough and I absolutely love the color scheme that is on this ride!
Hurler (x1) – So I went into the ride thinking that it would be rough and that I wouldn’t want to ride it ever again. The station on this ride is probably one of the worst stations on a coaster I have seen with the industrial warehouse feel and chain-link fence for a wall. I mean what is the theme for it, cause I haven’t a clue. Got front seats on this one and was blown away by how smooth the ride actually is! The hills were a lot of fun and provided some nice floater air. Not what I was expecting but I’m glad that Carowinds still has a decent wooden coaster, but I wouldn’t say no to it being converted to an RMC!
Fury 325 (x3) – Another fantastic ride, and one of my new favorites beating out Cannibal at Lagoon! This coaster never lets up on its speed and provides some air in places you wouldn’t expect it! The air on the hills was mostly floater but still provided enough thrill and the turns were just pure fun as you went around them at a fast speed. The first drop keeps you out of your seat the entire time with your body making contact with the seat at the bottom of the drop, and then you get some more airtime in some of the turns and hills. I love how the ride interacts with the front entrance and the lift hill brings you to the max height of 325’ in only around 30 seconds. Made sure to make this the last ride of the day, and will definitely be riding a lot more this summer!
Scream Weaver (x1) – Wasn’t originally planning on riding this one, but since it was between Fury and Vortex we thought we would jump in the non-existent line and give it a ride. Great ride and would recommend if you are looking for an oldie but a goodie.
Vortex (x1) – Not a big fan of B&M’s stand-ups but Riddler’s Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain is a great ride and made me wonder if any of the others would be good. This is not one of the good ones. I knew I was in for a rough ride when the small turn after the lift was already banging my head around. Only slightly enjoyable part of the ride was the loop and that’s being generous. Glad I got this one ride on it but you won’t see me waiting in line to ride this one again.
Carolina Goldrusher (x1) – After my head getting a beating on Vortex I needed a ride to help with the headache that still would be fun. Goldrusher was the ride we chose to help in this regard. The ride is fun but a lot shorter than I thought it would be, but still a fun ride that offers a great spot for younger ones looking for a “bigger” ride.
The Flying Cobras (x1) – Before this boomerang the only other one I had ridden was Knotts’ version when they had one and that one didn’t leave a great taste in my mouth for the other models. Glad I gave this one a shot as it is one of the highlights of the day since I wasn’t expecting that much fun from a boomerang. Will happily wait in line for this one and look forward to my next ride!
Electro Spin (x1) – Last new ride of the day for us but one of the better ones. The theming for the ride is a history of what people may have thought the history of electricity would be for the following eras from a 1950’s viewpoint. The readings on the signs provided some entertainment while we waited to board. Fun experience and had some great g-forces with the way the arm swings you around.
Had an awesome day at the park and I’m glad we both have gold passes so that we can come back some more while I’m still in South Carolina. Still some rides that I have to get to like Woodstock’s Whirlybirds, Southern Star, Drop Tower, and the rest of the coasters. Thanks for reading and enjoy the pictures!