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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby AndrewA86 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:33 pm

If you read my initial comments you would see that my expectations were quite low. Of course I did not expect I305 (haven't been on Skyrush) or Maverick. But I expected better than Cheetah Hunt, or Rougarou, or Sky Rocket at Kennywood. I couldn't care less about the majority of theme park guests. Personally I will always judge parks, rides, manufacturers, etc.. based on the same criteria.

I wasn't bitter, or disappointed that I made the trip or anything. Just think CS missed the bullseye, or the whole target for that matter...

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Postby pǝʇɹǝʌuı » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:09 pm

thrillseeker4552 wrote:Ya'll are crazy. Copperhead Strike is totally awesome and fits in Carowinds' lineup absolutely perfectly. It's smooth, it has some surprisingly strong airtime, great hang time, comfortable restraints, a very well-themed ride area and queue line, and great operations (when I was there in late June). I cannot imagine how somebody can complain about this ride and how it fits in at Carowinds.


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As soon as you roll out of the station into the jojo roll you know you're in for a treat. The loops and the inverted top hat (really more of a stall) are absolutely nuts with the hangtime, and the Mack restraints certainly add to that experience.

Don't go in expecting a good launch, because honestly you barely feel either of them. Do go in expecting some cool and wacky elements, especially if you've never ridden a Mack before.

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby JG-77 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:30 pm

Visited the park for the first time this past Sunday, had a great time!

We spent the whole day there, and even tried out the water park! Operations were overall solid, with some hiccups. I love how you can see the park from miles away!

I won't do a full TR, but here's my main takeaways:

Vortex/Nighthawk: Fun rides, nothing special. Glad I took Boldikus's tip to knock them out first. Those nighthawk corkscrews are awkward, but it's otherwise fun and smooth enough

Fury: Absolutely awesome! The speed is insane, the intensity is there, and the airtime is way stronger than I thought it would be. Even running just 2 trains, the ops were very efficient, and I got 4 rides.

Hurler: Met my expectations, which was dull yet painless. Honestly the most fun part was being jostled around at the rough patches. There were also some OK laterals. What was odd is that despite a whopping 4 other people waiting to get on the train, they had a grouper giving people row assignments, though luckily he was taking requests. Probably my least favorite wooden coaster of the 15-ish I've ridden, though I don't hate it or anything.

Huss Enterprise (forget what the park calls it): I've always liked enterprises, and I was surprised to find this park has one. Cycle was quite short, but still fun. Glad I got to ride it before it likely gets removed in the coming years if Cedar Fair's other Enterprises are any indication.

Carolina Cyclone: Fun arrow looper, nice pop of air on the drop in the back row, didn't get too much headbanging.

Goldrusher: We accidentally made huge mistake on this one: we (my siblings and I) waited for rows that one train had out of commission, so our lines moved half as fast as the other already slow moving lines. There was only one guy doing all the restraint work (why don't you move the Hurler grouper here?!), so we wound up waiting like 40 minutes for a mine train. Ugh. It was a ok ride, but not worth much more than a 5 minute wait. Thank goodness this was the worst line of the day.

Copperhead Strike: This was my first Mack (aside from Wild Mice). I don't know what you guys are all talking about - this ride's a ton of fun! Whippy, strong airtime, fantastic airtime, solid pacing. The launches were weak as expected, but the rest of the ride absolutely delivers IMO. This is my 2nd favorite ride in the park. I tried 1st and 7th rows, preferred 1st. Waited ~25 min both times.

Top scan: This was my first top scan and honestly it was a blast! Fun flips, funky forces, and there's no way to predict where you'll move next. The cycle was just the right length.

I did not ride any of the other coasters, but that means I have stuff to look forward to for next time!

Carolina Harbor: I don't remember any of the slide names, but I enjoyed everything I rode. The park was fairly crowded, but I never had to wait much more than 15min for any slides. The one slide that stuck out the most was the blue (I think - I'm colorblind so it might be purple) body slide on the tower toward the back of the park, it lasted surprisingly long while holding great speed, constantly getting faster and faster until the end.

Afterburn: Very good invert. Only got one ride in the 5th row, but the speed was there, the intensity was there, the pacing was there, and the whip was there. Gave me what I expected, and I wish I could have gotten another ride. Probably my favorite of the 4 (remaining) B&M inverts I've ridden.

Intimidator: Pleasantly surprised with this one. Not intense, but strong floater airtime in the back seat on every hill, some of it borderline ejector. Would have been happy to ride this one again had I had more time.

Plants vs. Zombies: I knew literally nothing about this ride going in except that it was indoors. Turned out to be fairly fun, but it's not really accurate to call it a ride, since the vehicles barely move. We won though!
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:46 pm

Glad you had a good time. It seems like you got quite a bit done without having a fastlane.

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Postby thrillseeker4552 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:19 pm

I would also like to add that riding in the front row and going through the stengel dive (the element after the second vertical loop) is probably in my top 3 strongest airtime moments I've ever experienced.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby pryonisys » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:10 am

Turns out there's a 2% (or so) chance I may make it back down to Carowinds this fall. If I happen to I would be very happy to get back on Fury again.
As others here have said this park has a great top 3 (I haven't been on Copperhead Strike yet) and I'll be happy to get back on those again.

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Postby tndank » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:14 am

The ACE event next month sounds pretty good. I might have to sneak over for another visit.

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Postby bgtlover » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:53 pm

JG-77 wrote:Visited the park for the first time this past Sunday, had a great time!...

Huss Enterprise (forget what the park calls it): I've always liked enterprises, and I was surprised to find this park has one. Cycle was quite short, but still fun. Glad I got to ride it before it likely gets removed in the coming years if Cedar Fair's other Enterprises are any indication.

It's a Schwarzkopf Enterprise, not Huss. It's called Scream Weaver.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby carowindsman » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:38 am

Boogie board racer announced and Grand Carnivale for 2020

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:21 am

Carowinds has announced their 2020 additions including Boogie Board Racer and the debut of Grand Carnivale at the park!

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World-class water slide racing is coming to Carowinds in 2020 when Boogie Board Racer, the longest mat racing slide in the Southeast, debuts next summer at Carolina Harbor waterpark. On Boogie Board Racer, guests will ascend to nearly 60 feet, grab a mat, and choose one of six lanes where they’ll wait for the green light to begin an exhilarating competitive ride. Racers will zoom through tubes, high-speed chutes and a thrilling 360-degree loop. A final drop brings them to maximum acceleration before they reach the finish lane to splashdown.


Boogie Board Racer is the first new attraction in Carolina Harbor since the waterpark was expanded and re-themed in 2016. The brightly colored slide will be located near the park’s newest roller coaster, Copperhead Strike. The slide was custom designed for Carowinds by White Water West, a Vancouver-based world leader in water park attraction design.


Also new in 2020 is Grand Carnivale, a nighttime international festival and street party celebrating global culture in grand scale, with signature beverages and a special menu. The Spectacle of Color full-scale parade is a highlight of the festival, with extravagantly decorated and brightly lit floats, and lavishly costumed street performers who will draw guests into the action, tossing beads as they travel through the park to the beat of lively music. The festival will run nightly June 13-July 5, 2020.

“The new Boogie Board Racer water slide will amp up the adrenaline in our world-class Carolina Harbor waterpark and our guests will crave its exciting twists and turns as they compete against friends in this fan-favorite racing attraction,” said Pat Jones, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager. “And we’re going all out with Grand Carnivale, the largest summertime event ever held at Carowinds. We’ve seen how families enjoy our fully immersive SCarowinds and WinterFest events in fall and winter, and we’re bringing that same sense of wonder and delight to this captivating new summer nighttime experience. These investments, along with the new Springhill Suites by Marriott at Carowinds which opens this fall, further strengthen our position as the premier entertainment destination in the Carolinas.”

Carowinds has added many exceptional new attractions over the past few years. In 2019, Carowinds debuted the seven-acre Blue Ridge Junction area including the Carolinas’ first double launch roller coaster, Copperhead Strike, the Mountain Gliders family ride, and Blue Ridge Country Kitchen restaurant. Other recent additions include the record-breaking Fury 325 giga coaster, and County Fair and Camp Snoopy themed areas.

The best way to experience every moment of Grand Carnivale and our full calendar of events is with a 2020 Gold Season Pass. Your pass gives you unlimited visits for the rest of 2019 and all of 2020 so you can enjoy the recently announced PEANUTS Celebration and WinterFest Wonderland Parade this year too. Gold Season Passes are on sale now at the lowest price of the year at Carowinds.com.

To celebrate National Roller Coaster Day, Carowinds has a limited time 2020 Gold Season Pass offer valid only through this Sunday, August 18. Purchase a 2020 Gold Season Pass and skip the regular lines when you receive a free Fast Lane Plus good for use one time on select dates. Guests who renew their 2019 passes are also eligible for special perks if they renew now.
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