My Carowinds review from Friday night and all Saturday
This is a really amazing park. It had southern hospitality and a great collection of rides. If it wasn't for Intimidator , Fury and Afterburn I would have probably not have gone to the park. But even without those three it's a very nice park and we had an amazing time. I think I may visit again this summer because it's such an amazing park. The food also did not disappoint here. Hopefully I will also be able to get a few more laps on Fury.
Fury x6 10/10 All I can say is wow! I am an Intamin lover and I would go anywhere on the east coast to ride an exciting Intamin. When I normally make my theme park trips I always got o the park with an amazing Intamin because I know it will not disappoint me. This is the first time I have ever made a trip to a park for a ride that wasn't an Intamin and I am in shock. Many people wrote about how Fury is a forceless floaty coaster and I have to disagree with them. My definition of a forceful coaster would be Maverick, Bizzaro, El Toro, Kumba, etc. And a forceless coaster to me would be Gatekeeper, Steel Force, etc. Fury is definitely a forceful coaster! The first drop in the last row gives you ejector airtime that can be comparable to an Intamin. The front row hits you with 95mph winds that yank your face back. Riding it felt like I was on a Millennium Force mixed with Maverick. (When I went to ride I305 it was broken all day) But this coaster could put just about any other B&M to shame. The only thing I would change about it would be the turn after you come out of the tunnel. It's to wide and it feels like it could have been a snappy turn to fling your body. The trim is noticeable but if it wasn't there lots of the GP would be freaked out. The helix is long and it does feel like it could be better but it gives you a few seconds to breath before you hit the two airtime hills. The ride in general is phenomenal. I rank it better then Millennium Force and every other B&M. I may be back to Carowinds this summer just to get a few more rides in on Fury! Everyone needs to get there butt out there and experience it!
These workers were also the fastest workers that I have ever seen. I clocked them while waiting and they were sending out a train every 30 seconds at the latest. I'm going to call Carowinds and let them know how good there workers were.
Intimidator x1 8/10 Intimidator had a longer line then Fury all day. Intimidator is also a ride that I have been looking forward to for a long time. Ever since I heard about it being bigger then the mighty Goliath and Sheikra I wanted to try it. Well I finally did try it and it was a really good coaster. Goliath was still a better coaster then it but it came in a close second. They both beat out Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure. I wish I could have gotten a second ride on it but I only got one ride in the last row which gave me great airtime. Definitely an amazing coaster.
Afterburn x2 8/10 I have been on many B&M inverts and at this point they have all started to feel the same. The first time I ever heard about the immelin inversion on a roller coaster it showed a photo of Afterburn and I was intrigued by it. I waited in about a 30min line for it and it turned out to be amazing. I love in Florida and I haven't gone to Bush Gardens Tampa in about two year so I forgot what the amazing Montu was like. This sure did bring back the memory's of it. Afterburn shows know sign of slowing down throughout the corse. It rips through the course at a fast pace and inverts insanely fast. When you go through the batwing underground it roars in the tunnel and it shakes your ear drums. What a good powerful coaster! It would probably beat Montu if it was a little bit longer, but this coaster comes in close second to it.
Carolina Cobra x1 6/10 This coaster had the new Vekoma trains on it so that you have nothing to bang your head against. It pulls good G's like all boomerangs but it's still a boomerang. This and the boomerang at Hershey are the best boomerangs that I have been on.
Carolina Cyclone x1 3/10 I have been on the Anaconda and Corkscrew so I know how they ride. I rode in the very front and it did make the ride a little better but it was still rough. At least it looks nice.
Ricochet x1 4/10 It's your standard Mack wild mouse. I liked the layout of the one at Kings Dominion and LegoLand better.
Scream Weaver x2 6/10 I'm not crazy about spinning rides but I do like Enterprises. I don't know who made this one but it was a really nice and fun ride.
Drop Tower x1 7/10 If was my first second generation Intamin drop tower and it was really good. It rode better then some of the other drop towers. But I still prefer Drop Zone at Kings Dominion and Zumanjaroo to it.
Thunder Road South/North 6/10 This was probably the surprise of the trip. I expected this to be a credit coaster but it turned out to be pretty good. It a had a few pops of air and it's just a fun coaster to throw your hands up and scream on. Not to bad on the rough side but it was a little shaky.
NightHawk x2 6/10 I was excited for this considering how much I love B&M Flyers and I was excited to see how it would compare to Batwing but it turned out to be terrible. It was very jerky and there were no good forces on it. We rode it on Friday night because there was no line and we even sat in the last row. It still had weak forces and shook the crap out of me and my friend.
Vortex x1 6/10 I don't really care for standup a but this one was nice and smooth. We rode in the front row and it was cool going through the Helixs on it. Not as good as the Georgia Scorcher but better then Mantis and the awful Apocalypse.
Windseeker x2 5/10 Really cool ride. I got some sweet pics at the top of it. This is the third Mondial Windseeker that I have been on. But for some reason this one felt slower.
Boo Blaster x2 5/10Cool Sally dark ride. Very fun shooting ghost and competing with friends.
Carolina Goldrush x1 2/10 It was a pretty bad mine train. Very short and simple. The ones at Cedar Point and Six Flags Over Georgia were better.
Hurler x1 2/10 It was a boring ride. Had a very shaky lift hill. The turns shook us to death. We also didn't get any airtime. I would not care if it was knocked down or destroyed.
Southern Star x2 6/10 I love pendulum rides and I find these Intamin looping starships amazing rides. If it weren't for there old harnesses I think much more people would rave about how awesome they are. The only downside to this one was how the ride cycle was shorter then the one at Bush Gardens Tampa.
Hopefully the park will remove Dinosaurs Alive and replace it with something good. I wonder how much money they make with that junk. I didn't see anyone go to it the whole time I was at the park.