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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby hendrixmarshalljames » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:50 am

I got a few good pics the day I was there...Great ride you folks have!
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby kylexy2298 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:45 pm

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.
9/10

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.
8/10

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.
10/10

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!
10/10

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!
6/10

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! ;)
7/10

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!
10/10

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.
7/10

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.
3/10

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.
5/10

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!
8/10

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.
10/10

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!
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Welcome to Carowinds! Love the main entrance and the way Cedar Fair is adding these updated entrances to their parks!
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First ride of the day is also my first B&M hyper, Intimidator!
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Some shots of the ride from the parking lot.
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First ride of the day is also my first B&M hyper, Intimidator!
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Nighthawk was surprisingly really good! A lot better than I originally expected.
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Beautiful day to be at the park
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Love the grass and landscaping that goes into all the sections of the park.
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First ride of the day is also my first B&M hyper, Intimidator!
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The atmosphere of the park is awesome and you can tell some love goes into keeping the park clean.
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Afterburn's loop peaking through the trees as we approach the entrance.
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That zero-g-roll offers some great close calls as you get pretty close to some of those supports.
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A little hard to get good pictures of this one but offers great photo opportunities in some spots.
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Again, can't express how pretty the park is!
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After lunch at Wings we walked through the boardwalk section of the park. Some great theming in this section
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Didn't ride the coaster but the sign we passed look cool
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There be a cyclone hitting this parts!
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Love the color transitions on Carolina Cyclone!
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I like how the entrance to the ride goes under the second loop.
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Hurler with Drop Tower in the background. Didn't get to Drop Tower on this trip but will on the next one
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Hurler is the biggest wooden coaster at the park and offers a great ride
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I see you Fury! Will be riding you soon
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A great wooden coaster with a very ugly station.
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Now onto the big blue, green, and white coaster we saw at the entrance!
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Some awards Fury 325 has won.
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The train climbing the lift.
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15 seconds later the train is already 325' in the air!
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This was the line length the entire day for Fury. With the AMAZING crews operating this ride, the wait was only about 5 minutes.
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I don't like this ride.
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Looks pretty and the colors do stand out, but thats how the park tricks you into riding it.
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Those turns were a lot rougher than I thought they would be.
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Where you enter and exit the trains that might give you a headache.
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Another mine train named Goldrusher! Personally prefer the one in California over this one, but it still offers a fun ride everyone can enjoy!
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The Flying Cobras were out today and could be seen through the trees.
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Entrance to the ride looks great!
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Some theming
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More theming
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Also a big fan of the way the park themed the trains to planes. Fits the whole North Carolina quote of being the state of flight or something like that.
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The other half of the train
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The queue didn't provide a lot of shade, and could use some especially on a hot day like this.
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Tried to get an artsy photo, but it didn't turn out quite the way I wanted it to. Still looks cool though
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Electro Spin was the last new ride of the day for us.
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My first time riding a ride like this, and I'll have to ride some more!
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In case you were wondering who made this ride
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As we were walking out of the park, I couldn't help but feel happy about all of the rides and fun we had. A great park that has a lot to offer
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The park even has a Starbucks inside in case you get the cravings for a coffee.
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The rocking chairs are a nice touch to the entrance area of the park and gives it southern feel to the park. Love all the little details that went into this park!
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I'll leave you guys with some shots of Fury and Intimidator as we walked back to the car.
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Amazing curves on Fury!
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Thanks for reading!
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby Samuel » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:11 pm

Nice report! Sounds like you had a lot of fun, and thanks for taking the time to post it.

The scoop on the Hurler station is that its theme has long been gutted after originally being based on Wayne's World during the park's Paramount days. From the coaster's Wikipedia page:

"Originally, the queue wound underneath the coaster through a 'hot set' on location filming scenes from Wayne's World. Upon entering the station building, park guests passed through a full-scale set of the iconic basement hideout of Wayne and Garth. Since removal of the Paramount references, the queue and station building are loosely themed with the remains of the original theming." Link

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby Vonni » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:53 pm

Wednesday the 6th was also my first visit to the park. Fury is now my number one coaster!

This was also my first time riding a flyer and a stand up. Vortex was rough, and the forces were a bit hard on my knees. Now that I have experienced it, bring in the floorless trains lol!

Nighthawk I did not enjoy. I didnt like how it felt just laying onto those vests. That may add to the thrill for some, but for me it was too uncomfortable. Also it was really rough, and nauseating. Still glad I tried it though.

Afterburn was incredible! Also my new favorite Invert.

The other coasters were simply for the credits. I really enjoyed Carowinds and wish I had more time to have enjoyed it. But hopefully I can return some day!

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:42 pm

Great report! I pretty much agree with all of your opinions on the rides, except maybe Nighthawk ;)

Afterburn is definitely my favorite "classic" B&M Invert as well, and I say that because I also love Banshee but for different reasons. Carowinds really has an amazing top 3 and the new Mack next year solidifies that even more.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby kylexy2298 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:37 pm

Samuel wrote:Nice report! Sounds like you had a lot of fun, and thanks for taking the time to post it.

The scoop on the Hurler station is that its theme has long been gutted after originally being based on Wayne's World during the park's Paramount days. From the coaster's Wikipedia page:

"Originally, the queue wound underneath the coaster through a 'hot set' on location filming scenes from Wayne's World. Upon entering the station building, park guests passed through a full-scale set of the iconic basement hideout of Wayne and Garth. Since removal of the Paramount references, the queue and station building are loosely themed with the remains of the original theming." Link


Thank you! That's interesting about the station, but I feel that it was the one spot in the park that could really use an update. Also the construction site is a quite a bit bigger than I anticipated it being. I love Manta at SeaWorld San Diego so I'm really looking forward to this ride if it turns out to be the Mack launcher!

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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:39 pm

We swung by the park today for about 2 hours after spending Father’s Day weekend in North Carolina with the in-laws.

A few takeaways since I haven’t been there in two years...

- That construction site is massive. To me, it looks like a giant pile of dirt but clearly to the trained eye it’s more exciting. :lol:

- We had the best ride we’ve ever had on Intimidator. The thing was flying and while the trims did kick on, it wasn’t anything terrible. I never remembered the ride having much airtime, but with near-100 degree heat it was blasting over those hills.

- Brit took one look at Electro-Spin and gave it a hard pass, so I still haven’t ridden a Top Scan :lol:

- Afterburn is fantastic and easily one of the best inverts out there

- I’m not a huge Dippin Dots fan, but Fury Freeze is the real deal :lmao:

- Fury... good lord. I feel like a choir of angels should start singing over the station speaker system every time they dispatch this thing. This ride is flat out ridiculous. It was dishing out El Toro level airtime in the heat and the speed was off the charts. I’m so jealous of everyone that lives near this ride.

- And finally..
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby DILinator » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:49 pm

coasterbill wrote:- Fury... good lord. I feel like a choir of angels should start singing over the station speaker system every time they dispatch this thing. This ride is flat out ridiculous. It was dishing out El Toro level airtime in the heat and the speed was off the charts. I’m so jealous of everyone that lives near this ride.


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I'm not a big fan of Carowinds on the whole, yet, that coaster alone would just about make me want to call it my home park! SO freaking glorious! Choir of angels level indeed! :angel:

But what we really want to know, is if you rode Vortex, and if you still think it isn't the steaming piece of steel garbage everybody else does! :lol:
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby michaellynn4 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:35 am

coasterbill wrote:- Brit took one look at Electro-Spin and gave it a hard pass, so I still haven’t ridden a Top Scan :lol:


I was nervous to try it, but it's actually a lot of fun. Pretty similar to the experience a Chance Chaos would provide.

coasterbill wrote:- We had the best ride we’ve ever had on Intimidator. The thing was flying and while the trims did kick on, it wasn’t anything terrible. I never remembered the ride having much airtime, but with near-100 degree heat it was blasting over those hills.

- Fury... good lord. I feel like a choir of angels should start singing over the station speaker system every time they dispatch this thing. This ride is flat out ridiculous. It was dishing out El Toro level airtime in the heat and the speed was off the charts. I’m so jealous of everyone that lives near this ride.


We rode these on a hot, sunny, August day. I agree, Intimidator ran a lot better than it did for me back in 2014, and Fury was bats**t insane.
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Re: Carowinds Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:13 am

DILinator wrote:But what we really want to know, is if you rode Vortex, and if you still think it isn't the steaming piece of steel garbage everybody else does! :lol:


:lol: nah.

We only had about 2 hours since we had a 12 hour drive looming as soon as we left. We hit Fury once in the front. It broke down, so that took a bit. Then we re-rode in the back. Each time, the wait was only on the steps. After that we went back to Afterburn, then looped around the front to ride Intimidator and Fury one more time in the back before grabbing a Fury Freeze and heading out. That was all we had time for unfortunately.

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