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Hello again ladies and gentlemen...


This will probably be my last PTR for the year as I don't plan to do any more travels to parks. Sad I know.


It was a crisp fall day here in Charlotte, and it was good that I went to Carowinds instead of Bank of America stadium, because the Panthers got their butts whopped....but I digress.


Today was the final regular operating day, excluding the next few nights that they'll be open for Scarowinds.


I won't go into too much more detail, cause half the time I skip this part of PTRs myself! lol


On with the show...



Sidenote: If you are wondering about my comment about Top Gun being down for a month, it was from the middle of September until last weekend. It had some footers replaced on both sides of the batwing..for what reason, I don't know.


And I'll leave you with this nice photo taken during C3. Overall Cedar Fair didnt' do a terrible job this year...just not a better job than Paramount in my opinion. And that has nothing to do with how I feel about the Geagua Lake situation. I also won't be buying a season pass next year. ;) Until next time...


Here's some of the stuff back in the warehouse storage area. You can see old flume boats and boats from Rip Roarin Rapids. Still no sign of the hyper trains...


Another shot from outside the park.


Bonus!!! Here's a few shots I took a few weeks ago... A nice shot of Hurler you don't see much, taken from the bus parking lot.


Ummm...Robb, Carowinds stole your "bag o crap!" idea! All the Paramount crap you can stuff in a bag for $20! Too bad it was CRAP and not worth owning.


Drop Zone was a no-go. Sorry Elissa. :(


Ok...this is getting pitiful. Hurler hasn't got a line either. Though by the time we worked our way back to Top Gun, it had a big line. Well the queue was full (upstairs only)


Wow. When Dick says he doesn't theme...he doesn't theme. They took the CBS Cafe and turned it into "Blank Cafe"!


I ran into a couple friends and we went over to try and break the flyers on the last day. Sadly, we didn't succeed. ;)


They actually had to evacuate riders, which is something I've never seen happen at Carowinds.


Ruh roh! Ricochet got stuck!


Look! Dick Kinzell showed his face! Mr. Kinzell was heard saying "I will suck your park dry! I will lay waste to all your coasters!"


But not most of them...get used to these. You'll see them next year, and the next, and the next...


Well they had the guts to put the year on some of the tees...


The Jr SLC!!! Me thinks...not!


The longest line so far was...


Oh look! Paul Rueben showed up! I guess his limo from Dollywood finally showed up. (long story)


I am the evil hypno-pole! You will come under the power of my evil rings of colored death! Thunder Road had huge lines as well. With ONE train operation!


Farewell Top Gun...or whatever you will be called next year.


Trying to be artsy...and working for a change. TG was running very good after it's 1 month vacation.


Time for the only coaster that matters at Carowinds...ooh..did I just say that about my home park?... You can see there were HUGE lines.


Oh...Borg is down...again. Who says Cedar Fair isn't consistent? Remember my opening day report? It was down then too! But to be fair, it did open shortly after this.


Ok...we're in the park...what could they be waiting for?


What are camels doing in South Carolina? And is that a donkey! Score! This was behind the Bojangles down the street from Carowinds.

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Where are the pics of Saturator? All you guys were soooooo convinced it was leaving, surely you can share some final photos of it.


Well now they are changing their story of course. I guess we'll just have to wait and see...


As requested...


And in action...back in August.


Here's what it looked like during C3...just sitting there.

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Well about a month ago they ripped up the employee parking lot next to Thunder Road and that would make a great spot for a 2nd wave pool as well as move saturator over there.


That way they'd only have to run it when Boomerang Bay was open as well.


It does have terrible capacity though with only 3 trains running and those seat 4 each.

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Yeah actually I can't recall if I rode anything BUT the back row.


Seems like I rode front row once when I first got there since it was empty.


I won't be getting a pass next year cause of several factors, so I wanted to get one last day in before they closed.

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Yeah, it sorta sucks that the panthers lost, but I knew we were going to loose to the colts anyways. Also, I had no idea you were at C3, I was there too. I was the guy wearing the mountainearing T-shirt from WDW. Glad you got to be there last day for Carowinds, I was busy doing housework. Sad i missed it.

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I can't wait until I get to go to Carowinds for the first time in 2008! Has it been discussed what they will be getting next year?

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^ No, nothing has been announced yet.


But about a month ago they ripped up the employee parking lot next to Thunder Road, so everyone is guessing a water park expansion.


Saturator is closed as well, and we're still not sure what the fate of it is.

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The park sort of reminds me of GA especially since our Stealth is there. Hey is your Top Gun the exact same ride layout as GA's? It looks like it since they are both inverted.


No, our Top Gun is a lot better (RUBS IT ALL IN BABY YEAH!)


BTW, that is no exaggeration. Ours is better

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No Wes, actually I worked Top Gun. My friend Collin here, he worked in Merchandise. , I miss working Top Gun, it was fun but nowhere near as fun as operating Nitro & Batman: The Ride in 05.


See, you've both got this lion/tiger/bears oh my...thing going in your avatars, so I was confused (again).


The park sort of reminds me of GA especially since our Stealth is there. Hey is your Top Gun the exact same ride layout as GA's? It looks like it since they are both inverted.


If it was up to me, you could have Stealth back! I'll trade it for our swings that you took.


Top Gun at Carowinds is a totally different layout and has 2 extra inversions too.


I have yet to ride CGAs though, so I won't say ours is better, although I suspect that is true.

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Yeah I rode TG about 5 times and I couldn't tell any difference in the batwing, not that I really should have I guess.


They replaced supports on both sides of the batwing. Not sure if they just needed work, or they were replaced totally. I know one of them they dug a whole new footer for.


I could have done without the fog in the tunnel though. It wasn't that warm Sunday.

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