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Postby Pufferfish » Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:37 pm

Well, this was a great day at Carowinds, not the best, but still good. I met with coasterguy99 today and he took a few pictures too. Now, on to the TR.

The crowds were heavy but most of it was little kids and their parents. There has been a lot of small changes in the park. There are some changes that I didn't take pictures of. These are that Rocket Power Big Air got a new paintjob, and there is now a large hole cut out in Goldrusher's supports. Let the rumors of a new coaster begin! I'll let the pictures talk next as most of you have probably stopped reading this already.
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Yay, I'm here! I like the new entry sign. It actually looks better than the old one.
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First change I noticed while walking into the park. They have now finally gotten rid of the walk with all the paramount movies listed.
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First thing I had to do was get my season pass processed. This is the nightmare of a line I had to wait in to get it done, but it's worth it. The line is actually longer than you see in this picture. There was additional queue inside the building.
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Nothing different here. I really like the entry plaza, it's just visually appealing.
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Nighthawk's new signage. Looks like they just copied some other coaster's sign and just changed the wording. It is sort of cool. Didn't ride it today though, the line was about an hour long all day and I wasn't wanting a headache.
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Hmm, looks like the next thing to repair. I guess the Vekoma shaking has been causing self damage.
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The Borg ball is gone now. It looks weird that the footers are still there. It also looks very vacant there now.
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Afterburn, through the trees!(I had to do it) Anyways, I'm amazed it currently has no sign at all. I hope this doesn't mean that flight deck could pop back up.
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Wee! Not many people have this picture. I'm amazed my little camera could catch it this well.
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Yum, batwing. Such a beautiful piece of twisted B&M steel.
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What the? I thought it was Afterburn! CF lied to us. Saw this on the side of the station.
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Another ride without a name. Why do they have to change it to Drop Tower? That's just too generic for me.
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Hurler was actually smooth for once, I only almost broke my ribs once. They retracked the fanturn which helped a lot
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Hurler's new red train. After I took this picture, one row's restraints failed. Didn't take too long.
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Nothing different here, still the same, great standup. In the morning I was amazed, they were actually able to depart trains fairly quickly. It normally takes about 30 minutes to get everyone situated.
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Saturater, AKA waste of space, has a shiny new paint job. Now can we get one for Nighthawk?
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Sorry for the crappy quality, I had to zoom to get a good picture. Goldrusher has new catwalks. They really stick out like a sore thumb against the old wood of the supports.
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The signs for te different side have been removed. CF, please reconsider. I really liked riding backwards.
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I end this TR with CF's last minute decision and Carowinds' newest*cough, oldest, cough* flat ride. I think it's actually funny. We complain about wanting the waveswinger back, we get a Chance YoYo.
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Postby kraken613 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:43 pm

Nice TR! Looks like you had fun!
Thats funny with the Vekoma! Wierd they dont have signs to. Cedar Fair has been making some wierd decisions!

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Postby Swimace » Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:45 pm

Wow! The lines were really that long on opening day? That season pass line looks ridiculous! I really like that shot you got of the Batwing, that's such a sweet element.

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Postby astroworldfan1 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:59 pm

Great P:TR Andrew! I have to admit, the Yo-Yo looks really tacky with it's colors. It looks like it has painted pieces of plywood!

Oh well, it's still a ride!

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Postby KerryB » Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:24 pm

I enjoyed your TR...I also agree on the decision about taking out the backward run on Thunder Road. I really liked riding TR backwards! "Nighthawk" does look very empty without the sphere. Oh well. Hopefully they'll spice up something. (The Yo-Yo does NOT count as any kind of spice!) I'll miss the movie influences though as I am one of those movie nerds that enjoyed guessing theme songs and such...now it just doesn't seem to have a theme at all.

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Postby kraken613 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:46 pm

I always thought the backwards was the better side!

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Postby Coasterlvr_nc » Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:34 pm

Nice TR Andrew! Sorry i couldnt be there today with you. Thats very strange that they didnt get those signs for afterburn and drop tower up already. A few days ago I was talking to the supervisor over Thunder Road, and the reason for turning it forward is because of "structural damage". The good news is that they will be racing as much as possible this year ^.^ Also, I dont like nighthawks logo... maybe its just me?
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Postby jackskellington101 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:48 pm

Cool TR, but I have one contention. Why is Saturator a waste of space? It's just frankly underutilized right now. When I went to Carowinds, Saturator was one of my favorite rides in the park. It's still ranked very high on my list.
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Postby Pufferfish » Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:50 pm

It depends on when your last trip here was, last year not a single water element was working correctly except for one cannon. The waterfalls and hoses had been disabled/removed several years ago.
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Postby jackskellington101 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:02 pm

Ahh, I see. It's been a while, 2001. So I'm sure there's been some change. That's too bad, it was a fun coaster. Hopefully the paint job is a sign for things to come.
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