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P. 403 - Park opening for a limited Holiday Event!

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That's a very nice little touch. I like what they've done with the Banshee station and now the Fury325 station. While neither will be highly themed, they have started to introduce some nice touches that make them slightly unique and that's a step in the right direction.

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Yeah...right across from carolina cobra...forget the fact that the water park entrance is right there...

There is nothing in that area but vortex and trees...how can it be cluttered???

 

Um, no. There are restrooms over there. By across, I mean literally across. Where the old arcade was, not beside Across the midway from the entrance of the ride. And yes, that area is cluttered. There's Vortex, Kaleidescope, and those tree islands that they are removing. That area is already hell to get through on crowded days so it'll probably be worse now.

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Here's a screenshot...You consider that crowded? Its just trees in the area. As you can see...or probably not see...the entrance to vortex isn't on the main path as well as the slingshot will not be. As far as kaleidoscope...its as far away as Carolina cyclone...

 

Great location to put it, should provide great views of fury 325 and downtown charlotte.

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And I simply prefer the spot I spoke about. Why is that a problem? Why does my opinion concern you so much? It's not like the park is going to abandon what they've started and move it to my preferred spot. I prefer the spot I spoke of because there are less rides there and the area feels dead right now. I know the Vortex entrance isn't where the ride is going. (Although that maze of an area where the Vortex entrance is is what I was speaking of when I spoke of being shoulder-to-shoulder crowded on weekends. By this I mean the path from the ivy tunnel past Kaleidoscope past the Carowinds Theater. As it makes you go around that side of the shaded area because of the length of the Vortex queue entrance.) Anyway, I was stating my personal opinion as to why it should not go there. No need to take it personally. I suppose in one way it's better as it won't be to the side of the park, but towards the middle. And I guess I shouldn't be startled by a cluttered look. The park stopped being pretty by the late 1990s when most of the trees had been removed.

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The placement makes sense economically. The higher foot traffic = more people walking past = more people who can get interested in the new ride and pay to ride it.

Most coaster folks don't like to think economically...as evident...

 

Not to mention that's the path to fury 325. If it were put elsewhere...in some corner or a dead spot, i'm sure it would be missed very often. Who would want to put an up-charge ride in a dead area??? That's crazy! Noticed they moved the skyflyer right up front. You put blockbuster attractions in a dead area to drive the folks, like carowinds is doing with fury 325. THEN you put an up-charge attraction on the path to the blockbuster attraction where lots more people are gonna be heading now...

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You would have to be out of your mind to think Fury 325 will be a better ride experience than MF. There's only one word for why: scenery. what will you be looking at riding Fury? Highways. On Millennium you have the view of the beautiful lake to your left. Another problem is there are no tunnels on Fury. Millennium has two large ones.

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^I agree, but I do like how it is right at the front of the park so you can have a good look at it as your coming in to the park or as you are driving bye.

 

 

there are no tunnels on Fury

 

Well, at least you go underneath a bridge: (if you look carefully you can see it)

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You would have to be out of your mind to think Fury 325 will be a better ride experience than MF. There's only one word for why: scenery. what will you be looking at riding Fury? Highways. On Millennium you have the view of the beautiful lake to your left. Another problem is there are no tunnels on Fury. Millennium has two large ones.

All it takes is tunnels and a good view to make a great ride experience??? By default gatekeeper is a better ride experience than most coasters based on that theory right?

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Just a thought, I think that Carowinds should probably hold a Christmas event on of these days, similar to how KBF does Knott's Merry Farm. Based on their temperature averages, it would be warm enough to keep the rides open on almost every night, and since Carowinds is starting to grow into a relatively large park, I think a Christmas event would go over well there. Or, is there a reason why a Christmas event wouldn't work?

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I was down in the Charlotte area for Christmas and the temps were pushing 70 every day. I know this is warmer than average but I've been at Great Adventure when it was in the 30's and every coaster had a 3 hour wait and I've been to Dollywood when coasters had hour plus waits at Christmas when they cut the lines off for low temps.

 

Combine the moderate temperatures with the fact that it seems like 99.9% of people in that area celebrate Christmas and you have yourself a great opportunity. It boggles the mind that this park doesn't put on a Christmas event. I'm convinced that it would be an absolute home run. I know it's not easy to put on a Dollywood level event but they don't have to. Put a ton of lights up, have a few decent Christmas shows (we're not talking Dollywood here), have Santa there and you have yourself a goldmine.

 

This is obviously just my uneducated opinion as I know nothing about Theme Park financials but it seems to be working for SFOG which isn't too far away and it's an amazing success for Dollywood. I would think Carowinds could pull it off.

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