Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:24 AM
Here's some of the work they've been doing (this was from 2008, but they're still at it).
Posted 27 January 2011 - 10:28 AM
Posted 27 January 2011 - 10:55 AM
I think the biggest issues the park needs to fix right now are 1) lack of flat rides, 2) continue landscaping, 3) more unique coasters. For the flat rides, while the park has a few good ones, other than the Enterprise, there are no real "thrilling" flat rides, and the ones they do have are few and far between (swings, inverting ship, scrambler, flying scooters, kiddie rides in Planet Snoopy). They really need 1 or 2 high-caliber thrilling flat rides (a Huss Giant Frisbee could fit in well in the space in front of intimidator...theme it as a tire lol), and maybe 3-5 smaller flat rides likely in the County Fair area. Second, when Paramount left the park, it was a mess in terms of landscaping...or complete lack thereof. Much of the park is heavily paved over and poorly shaded, not a good mix in high southern heat and humidity. Cedar Fair has definetly been working to fix this, by replacing the asphalt with pavers in many areas (mostly Planet Snoopy right now), which has made the park look nicer, and those areas noticably "cooler". They've also added landscaping to areas that previously had none and area headed in the right direction...what they still really need more of though are trees for shade.
Last thing I mentioned was coasters. Now, Carowinds has a great number and solid variety of coasters, the problem is, most are not terribly unique or thrilling, most are clones. Intimidator and After Burn/Top Gun are by far the best coasters there, and are about the only ones that make a trip there worthwhile. Vortex is a pain, though I'm not a fan of stand-ups. Nighthawk is the most uncomfortable coaster ever, takes up a lot of real-estate, and has a not-so exciting layout, among the lowest ranked of the VEKOMA Flyers...and that's pretty low. Hurler and Cyclone are decent but not terribly unique, nor very long. Kiddie/family coaster clones, we have a plethora (Scooby Doo/Woodstocks Express, Flying Ace Aerial Chase, Lucy's Crabie Cabbies, Ricochet), and while Goldrusher is a fun little mine train, again, not terribly long. Even Thunder Road...if you've been on one of its "sister" coasters isn't all that different, and its fun but not a top woodie by any means. If there had been no Top Gun/After Burn, I would have stopped going years ago, if Intimidator hadn't come, I wouldn't be going much anymore, those are the parks saving graces.
But what they need most of all is those flat rides, something else besides a bunch of "meh" coasters and a few good ones...it's great if you've never been and you're looking to increase your coaster count, but not so much if you have to go back year after year to them, since it's the only park within about 5 hrs.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 02:24 AM
Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:00 AM
NO FEAR !!
Park Count = 47
Ride Count = 297
Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:42 AM
Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:27 AM
This side of eternity is short - make the most of it.
Coaster Count - 115
Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:52 AM
I see new paint scheme. (thought that looks like primer, which I wouldn't think they'd do if they were just repainting it in old colors) There is a rumor it would be in gold and burgundy (Screamscape rumor), which would make it look similar to Scorcher's colors.
Posted 08 February 2011 - 11:18 AM
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:32 PM
And the Thunder Road rehab is a genius investment in my opinion. I rode Thunder Road in 2009 and the turnaround, which had been rehabbed that offseason felt immensly smoother and better than the rest of the ride. GCI is also the best firm in my opinion to pull of this kind of job. They will do it right the first time and from what I've heard and seen this is going to work out nicely. I honestly hope Kings Dominion invests in Rebel Yell in this way as well as other Cedar Fair parks in general with some of their older wooden roller coasters.
Coasterholic14, I love your summery near the beginning of this thread. Carowinds in my opinion has a great atmosphere and really does well at making the park feel like a traditional amusement park. Nothing totally over the top. Landscaping could definitely be improved upon but it was a little better than I expected it to be honestly during my visit. The park could definitely use some flat rides as well. A couple classic flat rides marketed as new attraction would fit into nicely as well as maybe one signature flat ride such as a Huss Suspended Top Spin (basically a Crypt or Riptide clone, which is found at other Cedar Fair parks). In fact a Riptide themed attraction well go over well in the Carolina Boardwalk area in my opinion. A Zamperla Air Race or Disko Coaster as they are calling it would be good fits also.
And yes! Unique roller coasters are a need. It may be time to review the current selection of roller coasters determine whether or not certain ones fit into the lineup well anymore. Honestly, I would love to see Nighthawk shipped off elsewhere in favor of a more traditionally looking area like the park had previously with the old ferry boat, and such or even a GCI woodie. Just something besides that awful of a ride with that paint scheme shining brightly at the front of the park. Yes, it does provide a great atmosphere with the path weaving under and around the ride. Anyways, a GCI woodie or a more innovative steel roller coaster would be a great investment. Imagine an Intamin ZacSpin or another smaller, more modern steel roller coaster that would fit into a small area well and other some variety.
2013 Agenda: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Dollywood, Dollywood's Splash Country, and Carowinds.
Coaster Count: 120 - Griffon Count: 52
Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:39 PM
Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:44 PM
It is primer in that picture, but the park also announced in its "Caro-blog" that it would be sporting newly painted red track and grey supports like Intimidator.
Uh....the white is definitely primer. I definitely see discoloration on the supports.
To throw a bit more into the discussion, IMO the parks waterpark leaves much to be desired. Within the past few years, it's seen the addition of 1) a bigger kiddie pool, which is hidden and rarely has many people at it, pluse we already had one and a play structure that suited kids and families well...a simple expansion of those would have sufficed, 2) a second wave pool, which is bigger and better than the first (much nicer waves), but who needs TWO wave pools? 3) kiddie slides from Kings Island I believe. They haven't seen the addition of any new tube slides in...10 years? I can't even remember how long. No Bowls, Funnels, or any new waterslides to speak of...I'd settle for any of the newer modern slides, but they really do need something.
Overall, Carowinds is definetly a solid park, but it needs a lot more variety for those of us who are repeat visitors...which would be most of their park visitors. Intimidator is a big stepping stone, especially if it can help bring the park into the spotlight enough to bring in more revenue for new rides. There are definetly some downsides to the Cedar Fair management, such as the very "repetetive" paint schemes, and their decreased ride operation at non-peak times and "adverse weather" (which can make an otherwise short line long and slow-moving), but I definetly feel they are doing a lot better job than Paramount ever did. I know some from KI/KD preferred Paramount, but most people here are happier with the change. The park is cleaner, more efficient, friendlier, and better maintained (new paint, TR rehab, landscaping, etc). Like anyone's home park, their are things I love about the park and hate about the park, but all-in-all, I'm satisfied with it as my home park (though I wasn't a few years ago after countless "family" upgrades with no thrill upgrades...other than Nighthawk...eww).
Posted 17 February 2011 - 01:27 AM
Posted 17 February 2011 - 09:16 AM
This side of eternity is short - make the most of it.
Coaster Count - 115
Posted 07 March 2011 - 11:36 AM
Here's what I mean (make sure you use the angled view):
Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:07 PM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 01:47 PM
On a somewhat unrelated note, this is the coolest thing. Go here and then slide the map to the right just a bit, and watch BORG Assimilator change color (to half primer, half yellow/blue).
Here's what I mean (make sure you use the angled view):
Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:54 AM
Looks like a HUSS Giant Frisbee is going in the lawn right in front of Intimidator. It still may be only a rumor, but with the pic from "The Coaster Critics Blog" below, and other information i've read, i think it's the real deal.
Whatcha think Brandon (or anyone else), have you seen this?
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HUSS Giant Frisbee's have always intrigued me...good addition Carowinds! (If true, of course )
Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:54 AM
A HUSS Frisbee would be a perfect addition, giving the park another badly needed non-coaster thrill ride, and right next to Intimidator it would make a perfect 1-2 combo at the front of the park and quite a big draw. I actually called that prediction the first time I saw that open plot of land, would be great to see that come true (predicting 2 years in advance...that's some bragging rights!). I'll have to see more evidence though before I get my hopes up too much, as someone could have put that there (it's right next to the path) just to stir the pot and get people speculating...but I sure hope it's legit, and my prediction comes to fruition!
Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:49 PM
But really, i was more than likely staring at Intimidator and self-absorbed in the anticipation of one of our front/rear row rides we had on her .
Still, I fully agree on the fit and need for an exceptional flat like this at Carowinds, it would be just about perfect there.
Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:30 PM
I think it has less to do with saving up and more to do with being completely unnecessary (I'd even argue disadvantageous) to follow up one large attraction with another a year later, since the park will still be reaping the benefits in attendance from the previous year's attraction.
Anyway, after Intimidator being added, I knew we'd not get much/anything this year, as parks often have to save up for a year after such a big expenditure.
Posted 26 July 2011 - 08:37 AM
And the latest reports state that the stakes have been removed today (yesterday?), so this all may be a grand joke of sorts to get all us crazed, enthusiast types all stoked up for grins and giggles.
As always, time...and patience, will tell all .
Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:41 AM
^ It wouldn't be the first time there Brian. Last year a "White Lightnin'" logo was "leaked" as was something about "Lightning Strikes Twice" making everyone think the new coaster would be called White Lightnin'. That's why I'd take it with a grain of salt for now, as it could be a hoax by guests or the park (they also had the Coaster Stock event this past weekend when these magically appeared...you know us enthusiasts). I also saw about the GCI stakes, but I believe there is something with power generation as well that GCI stands for, so it could just be marking out something with a power grid/supply.
Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:51 AM
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Ok, now for my 2 cents on this, I have kind of a "meh" overall feeling. I'd love to give a WindSeeker a try, though I do have a bit of a fear of heights...not on roller coasters, but buildings or taller rides like this where you're not really strapped/held in (like on a drop tower or coaster), which will limit how much/often I ride. Honestly though, the reason my reaction is "meh" is because: 1) The main point of the ride is the view at tall heights + a little thrill, but we have the SkyTower which already covers the view, and the thrill will only be moderate, 2) The SkyTower is an icon for the park, if you put something in much higher than it, it losses that iconic status (assuming they put it in the Intimidator field...if they put it in, it needs to be back in the County Fair area or by Hurler/Drop Tower. 3) It still doesn't address Carowinds BIGGEST need, which is higher-caliber, non-coaster thrill rides, which as I mentioned, the park is severely lacking. It just feels to me that it doesn't fit Carowinds needs as much as other rides might, and that's something the park's been struggling with for the most part the past decade, and it's beginning to wear pretty thin on me at this point.
But we'll see, the announcement will be August 24th (yes, the same day the WindSeeker's were announced last year).
Posted 07 August 2011 - 11:26 AM
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