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

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Okay, we are making a dinner stop so I have a few minutes to post my thoughts on the ride and the media day.

 

 

This was my first time to the park, so I had no previous reference of what the park skyline looked like before, but I have to say with Fury 325, the park looks stunning from all over the area! As soon as you get on I-77 from the loop, Fury 325 is already visible.

 

Once again, since this was my first visit, I never saw the original entrance, but I was very impressed with the new entrance. Carowinds definitely achieved making a marquee entrance that will thrill and excite guests for years to come.

 

Now onto the new ride. I thought it was a lot of fun. The first drop will take your breath away and the speed up the 2nd hill is wonderful. At this point as you soar over the entrance plaza and out to the turnaround, the ride seems to go through the emotions a bit. It is still fast of course and there are some forces to be had, but the main purpose of this section of the ride, in my opinion, is to look nice and pretty for the front of the park. Now with that said, as soon as you drop out of the turnaround and down into the tunnel, the ride picks right back up! The drop into the tunnel takes your breath away and the first airtime hill has strong floater airtime. The ride hauls to the brake run and really seems to utilize the speed it has built up well for the finale.

 

Could the ride have done more with the height of the lift hill? Sure. As an enthusiast, I am a little jaded when it comes to what I expect in an extreme coaster. With that said, the ride is absolutely re-rideable and the General public is going to eat of up! Carowinds accomplished what it intended in building a marquee attraction that not only looks wonderful but is a lot of fun!

 

Now, for the media day itself. The park looked great and everywhere you turned you saw excited employees and special entertainment from the event. The opening presentation was well done. It was the perfect length and entertaining. After the presentation everyone lined up for that ride. Here is where my only real complaint about the day occurred. The park set up a separate line for media who wanted to get custom rider POV. The park had set up the 2nd row of two ofthe trains with a Go Pro, and The major problem here was that half of the people in line didn't know they were only waiting for one row. So not only did it take an hour plus to get to ride, but as we got go to the top we witnessed constant confusion by the media and the employees that were sorting the whole thing. The whole deal would of worked better at a separate time than the grand opening event. There was just too many people to try and satisfy all the media that wanted the Go Pro footage.

 

Enough about that and back to the positives...the park was kind enough to open Intimidator and the new, Slingshot for the event. This was much appreciated! And now, the food. The park showcased a lot of the new cuisine coming in 2015 and it did not disappoint. There was shrimp, oysters, duck meat, gelato, and a TON more. The food more than made up for the long wait for the rider footage.

 

To conclude, the park looks great, Fury is a great ride, and you should definitely check it out!

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"It's semi-thrilling."

 

"Overall, Fury 325 will thrill the pants off day guests, but may not wow seasoned riders as much."

 

Are you serious?! One of the world's tallest and fastest coasters and it is just semi-awesome, and gets boring after your first visit? That is just kind of... I'm sorry, my home park is VF and I really want to ride something like this.

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Okay, we are making a dinner stop so I have a few minutes to post my thoughts on the ride and the media day.

 

 

This was my first time to the park, so I had no previous reference of what the park skyline looked like before, but I have to say with Fury 325, the park looks stunning from all over the area! As soon as you get on I-77 from the loop, Fury 325 is already visible.

 

Once again, since this was my first visit, I never saw the original entrance, but I was very impressed with the new entrance. Carowinds definitely achieved making a marquee entrance that will thrill and excite guests for years to come.

 

Now onto the new ride. I thought it was a lot of fun. The first drop will take your breath away and the speed up the 2nd hill is wonderful. At this point as you soar over the entrance plaza and out to the turnaround, the ride seems to go through the emotions a bit. It is still fast of course and there are some forces to be had, but the main purpose of this section of the ride, in my opinion, is to look nice and pretty for the front of the park. Now with that said, as soon as you drop out of the turnaround and down into the tunnel, the ride picks right back up! The drop into the tunnel takes your breath away and the first airtime hill has strong floater airtime. The ride hauls to the brake run and really seems to utilize the speed it has built up well for the finale.

 

Could the ride have done more with the height of the lift hill? Sure. As an enthusiast, I am a little jaded when it comes to what I expect in an extreme coaster. With that said, the ride is absolutely re-rideable and the General public is going to eat of up! Carowinds accomplished what it intended in building a marquee attraction that not only looks wonderful but is a lot of fun!

 

Now, for the media day itself. The park looked great and everywhere you turned you saw excited employees and special entertainment from the event. The opening presentation was well done. It was the perfect length and entertaining. After the presentation everyone lined up for that ride. Here is where my only real complaint about the day occurred. The park set up a separate line for media who wanted to get custom rider POV. The park had set up the 2nd row of two ofthe trains with a Go Pro, and The major problem here was that half of the people in line didn't know they were only waiting for one row. So not only did it take an hour plus to get to ride, but as we got go to the top we witnessed constant confusion by the media and the employees that were sorting the whole thing. The whole deal would of worked better at a separate time than the grand opening event. There was just too many people to try and satisfy all the media that wanted the Go Pro footage.

 

Enough about that and back to the positives...the park was kind enough to open Intimidator and the new, Slingshot for the event. This was much appreciated! And now, the food. The park showcased a lot of the new cuisine coming in 2015 and it did not disappoint. There was shrimp, oysters, duck meat, gelato, and a TON more. The food more than made up for the long wait for the rider footage.

 

To conclude, the park looks great, Fury is a great ride, and you should definitely check it out!

 

Carowinds' old entrance looked like a plantation house, and while it was very nice, it was a bit cramped (not to mention dated). I'm glad they freshened it up. Planning to see it for myself in April. Carowinds is a very nice park, and I haven't been there since Intimidator opened.

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Charlotte Hornets - The Ride?

 

 

Seriously though...the lights at night, the new entrance/gate & logo all look fantastic! In terms of the reviews, this is just about what I figured the ride would deliver. No real surprises or major disappointments, but I feel that there a lot of enthusiasts that would simply prefer a Piraten clone or an RMC to a B&M giga.I certainly wouldn't argue that!

 

 

And now, the food. The park showcased a lot of the new cuisine coming in 2015 and it did not disappoint. There was shrimp, oysters, duck meat, gelato, and a TON more. The food more than made up for the long wait for the rider footage.

 

(Quietly hoping for a food report)

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Thanks everyone for the great coverage of the event. We're making a 12 hour drive to be there for opening day and we can't wait to ride it. Even if it doesn't live up to the hype it's still going to be a ton of fun and it's an excuse to ride that amazing invert, visit my girlfriend's family and get some Rock Store Carolina BBQ so it's going to be an awesome weekend.

 

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For those that that went today and have been to Cedar Point, which would you say makes more of a "statement" walking to the gate -- Fury or Gatekeeper? Both rides look absolutely stunning, and Gatekeeper is one of the most aesthetically pleasing coasters I've seen in person.

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Questions for those who have ridden it : Is this the best B&M you've ridden? If not, is it the best B&M non-invert you've ridden? If not, is it the best B&M that does not have an inversion that you've ridden? Just trying to see how it ranks among other B&Ms for those who have ridden it.

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When it comes to airtime on this coaster, I have found its far more intense then any air on other beemers I have experience. The type of air on most beemers I have had is more of the floaty sensation. Where I'm out of my seat but not so much pressed up against the restraints, whereas on this coaster I felt I was slammed into the restraints over the three hills at the end,ejected out of my seat so to speak. It wasn't OMFG ejected like I have experienced on lightning run and the bunny hops at the end of S:ROS but still something I have never felt on a beamer. I know, everyone will have their own opinions and that's cool, I just hope we formulate said opinion after experiences the coaster for ourselves.

 

I think fury makes the best statement with the bridge/tunnel...

Its def the best I have ridden. In its cqtqgory if I lumped giga and hyper coasters in the same category. Its hard comparing different style coasters cause they are different...they serve different purposes...

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Thank you Rob and TPR for the reviews today. This looks like a very fun ride. I don't set expectations as an enthusiast...because I'm an ENTHUSIAST! I LOVE roller coasters, I don't care if it's only speed, only G-Forces, a combo of both or whatever element is that rides ''trick''. I really wish the coaster community who claim to love rides wouldn't be so critical. Who cares if Gatekeeper wasn't forceful? It looks fantastic and it's a good ride! Who cares that MF doesn't have lots of airtime? I was the happiest guy on the planet when I rode it for the first time. Let's all just agree that at the end of the day, we are lucky to live in the era of time where these great wonders can be built for us to enjoy and they don't need our critique, just our bottom in a seat!

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This, IMHO, looks like the best new coaster for 2015 other than TC at Magic Mountain. That being said, there is no doubt that this will be better than most B&M hypers, Intimidator included. I'll be checking out the whole park and Fury 325 this summer, so I can't make a final decision whether it's worth all the hype that it's gotten, or not.

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When it comes to airtime on this coaster, I have found its far more intense then any air on other beemers I have experience. The type of air on most beemers I have had is more of the floaty sensation. Where I'm out of my seat but not so much pressed up against the restraints, whereas on this coaster I felt I was slammed into the restraints over the three hills at the end,ejected out of my seat so to speak.

 

I think fury makes the best statement with the bridge/tunnel...

Its def the best I have ridden. In its cqtqgory if I lumped giga and hyper coasters in the same category.

Well that's good to hear! Thank you for the response!

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I can't wait until June to see if my signature ends up coming true...

Its definitely on the same level...just amplified a good but more. This thing is fast and while its not like I305 in its transitions, it does sling you around a bit. But it all balls down to preference. I do like diamondbacks wooded environment intense helix. I also grew fond of Fury325's sideways airtime and very long layout...

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Carowinds posted a reverse POV and it's pretty hilarious, watch the face of the guy in blue.

 

 

Honestly, this youtube video makes the ride look A LOT more fast-paced than the forward view POV.

 

That lift hill and first drop seem like they go on forever...

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I'm going ot KD this weekend, and Carowinds on Easter Sunday...to say the least, I'm very excited to ride this!

 

And to those who went to the event: which row is the best?

I would say the first row. I rode all over the train and that was the best. Your eyes and mouth will dry out lol...the wind is strong...

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I don't see any lack of speed in that reverse POV.

 

I thought I had a good day today because I seeded the lawn and had a few beers with an old friend. Then I get home and see this... It's hard to imagine how people can be so objective when riding something as great looking as this roller coaster, but I guess everyone is different.

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I don't see any lack of speed in that reverse POV.

 

I thought I had a good day today because I seeded the lawn and had a few beers with an old friend. Then I get home and see this... It's hard to imagine how people can be so objective when riding something as great looking as this roller coaster, but I guess everyone is different.

This comment makes zero sense. That's like saying that everyone has to like every movie just because they exist.

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And where did anyone say the ride lacked speed??? I certainly didn't.

There were complaints about the helix being slow and uninspired, whether or not that today or just in general. But I agree, from what I've been reading it seems the relentless speed is the high point for this ride.

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I don't see any lack of speed in that reverse POV.

 

I thought I had a good day today because I seeded the lawn and had a few beers with an old friend. Then I get home and see this... It's hard to imagine how people can be so objective when riding something as great looking as this roller coaster, but I guess everyone is different.

 

Yes, people often hold different opinions when they are being "objective."

 

Huh?

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