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^I believe you mean a treble clef, which is what others are referring to. It's a clef music is written in, not a note. (I'm sorry, I'm sort of a music geek...I'm a little picky ).

 

Now we just need a bass clef element. Maybe a cobra roll sideways?

LOL. Maybe I need to do more research. I would of never known. But it does look great!

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Now we just need a bass clef element. Maybe a cobra roll sideways?

Carolina Cobra. The bass clef would be missing the two dots, but you can just pretend they're there.

Also, Afterburn's batwing from above is clearly an alto/tenor clef.

 

With a lot of patience, two planes might line up next to the cobra roll

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Now we just need a bass clef element. Maybe a cobra roll sideways?

Carolina Cobra. The bass clef would be missing the two dots, but you can just pretend they're there.

Also, Afterburn's batwing from above is clearly an alto/tenor clef.

 

With a lot of patience, two planes might line up next to the cobra roll

or two upstop wheels

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Hey All,

Haven't been on here in awhile, but for a masters graduation trip I am headed down to KD and CW for my first vacation (about time) in a few days. I'll be at Carowinds may 9-10 and KD may 8-9 (splitting the morning and evening at carowinds/KD that saturday. Anyone have any input on how the park usually is on sundays down there? Saturdays are going to be a bear, but sundays are usually better anywhere, so theres at least that. Any experience or advice on the park would be awesome! Never been. BEYOND pumped for fury.

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^ I was at the park today. The crowds didn't get that bad. The park was dead until about 2pm. Ride Nighthawk first if you want the credit.

 

Fury was awesome, by the way. Strongest airtime I've had on a B&M.

 

Fury has a small queue now for the front row. It added about 5 minutes to the wait time.

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Sorry for the double post.

 

I thought I'd give the Cliff's notes version of a trip report.

 

Afterburn: Nice snappy invert. Month is still my favorite. Afterburn comes in between the dragons and Alpengeist in my invert ratings.

 

Nighthawk: Terrible. If I ever have a kidney stone, I'll come back and ride Nighthawk to jar it out.

 

Vortex: Not bad, only because it was short. My second favorite after Georgia Scorcher.

 

Hurler: Needs a RMC makeover.

 

Thunder Road: Not terribly rough but very boring. No airtime at all.

 

Goldrusher: Good mine ride. The tunnels added a nice touch.

 

Intimidator: Fun ride. It has the floaty airtime you would expect from a B&M hyper. I wish the trims didn't grab so hard. I put it even with Diamondback.

 

Fury 325: This coaster blew my expectations away. The first drop was awesome. The turns were fast and felt out of control. The turn around had weird sideways floater airtime. I'd put it on par with the best B&M hyper airtime. The first proper airtime hill was closer to ejector than floaty, as were the the last two. Overall, Fury is mostly about speed, which it does right. The airtime was an unexpected treat. I'd put it as my favorite giga coaster, just above MF and I305.

 

Overall, Carowinds was a great park. I loved the atmosphere. Taste of the Carolinas was pretty sweet too. I'll try to post pictures soon.

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Screamscape is reporting that you may want to get your last rides on thunder run before July. I can't understand why they would retrack the ride and then rip it down. Rumor is a water park expansion will take it's place. I hope this is not true.

 

Thunder run is a unique ride as 1/2 is in one state, and the other 1/2 is in another.

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Based to the overhead view from Google Earth, it doesn't look like removing Thunder Road would create that much more space, but since the waterpark is landlocked as it is, I guess it might be the only way to go.

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This is not going to happen. No worries.

Is that a fact or an opinion...

 

Screamscape is reporting that you may want to get your last rides on thunder run before July. I can't understand why they would retrack the ride and then rip it down. Rumor is a water park expansion will take it's place. I hope this is not true.

 

Thunder run is a unique ride as 1/2 is in one state, and the other 1/2 is in another.

The same reason why someone who buy new tires, alternator and transmission for a car then get rid of it...I think they have gotten their moneys worth out of the investment they have made. Remember, wooden coasters are constantly being retracked, worked on.

 

Weird to close down a coaster in the middle of the season.

Not so weird when you gotta get it outta the way to make sure your 2016 attraction(s) is ready on time .

 

Based to the overhead view from Google Earth, it doesn't look like removing Thunder Road would create that much more space, but since the waterpark is landlocked as it is, I guess it might be the only way to go.

Based on the turn around space, it can fit a slide tower or two in that area. Also, look where the station area is...its pretty much on some prime real estate to expand the county fair section of the park...where all the markers are currently being discovered. If you remove it and the abandoned FX theater...it opens up to LOTS of space.

 

All I am saying is that stranger things have happen. With the path cedar fair is taking to make Carowinds become a world class park, the removal of thunder road wouldn't surprise me at all. Several iconic staples of Carowinds have already been removed, The plantation house and the sternwheeler comes to mind, so what makes thunder road so safe?

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Screamscape is reporting that you may want to get your last rides on thunder run before July. I can't understand why they would retrack the ride and then rip it down. Rumor is a water park expansion will take it's place. I hope this is not true.

 

Thunder run is a unique ride as 1/2 is in one state, and the other 1/2 is in another.

 

I think they're both in South Carolina. I'm not a local or anything but Thunder Road is pretty craptacular. That being said, I think Hurler should be scrapped immediately. What's with GCIs aging so horribly?

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Thunder Road is not going to be removed! Mike Fehnel has said that it is not being taken out and if you don't believe him then who can you believe from the park.

^Thunder Road is in North and South Carolina just not in the way that you would imagine just look on google maps and you will see what I am talking about.

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^ I guess they both run into both states. I was saying they don't each exclusively stay in their own state.

 

I can definitely see Thunder Road getting the axe. It had by far the shortest queue of any ride at Carowinds. It was a walk-on on a Saturday when the rest of the park was slammed.

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^ I guess they both run into both states. I was saying they don't each exclusively stay in their own state.

 

I can definitely see Thunder Road getting the axe. It had by far the shortest queue of any ride at Carowinds. It was a walk-on on a Saturday when the rest of the park was slammed.

 

You also have to remember that there are 4 trains running, so the thruput of the ride is greater than other some other coasters. I personally hope it stays. It was not the greatest coaster in the world, but it was fun and unique.

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To expand the water park they only have to do what was done at Kings Dominion with Rebel Yell...yes...a path under Thunder Road...which there are at least 3 already for maintenance. Thunder Road isn't going anywhere just yet.

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Screamscape is reporting that you may want to get your last rides on thunder run before July. I can't understand why they would retrack the ride and then rip it down. Rumor is a water park expansion will take it's place. I hope this is not true.

 

Thunder run is a unique ride as 1/2 is in one state, and the other 1/2 is in another.

 

I think they're both in South Carolina. I'm not a local or anything but Thunder Road is pretty craptacular. That being said, I think Hurler should be scrapped immediately. What's with GCIs aging so horribly?

 

I don't believe Hurler is a GCI.

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Screamscape is reporting that you may want to get your last rides on thunder run before July. I can't understand why they would retrack the ride and then rip it down. Rumor is a water park expansion will take it's place. I hope this is not true.

 

Thunder run is a unique ride as 1/2 is in one state, and the other 1/2 is in another.

 

I think they're both in South Carolina. I'm not a local or anything but Thunder Road is pretty craptacular. That being said, I think Hurler should be scrapped immediately. What's with GCIs aging so horribly?

 

I don't believe Hurler is a GCI.

Correct. Its "International Coasters Inc."....who have only built the two Hurlers

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Screamscape is reporting that you may want to get your last rides on thunder run before July. I can't understand why they would retrack the ride and then rip it down. Rumor is a water park expansion will take it's place. I hope this is not true.

 

Thunder run is a unique ride as 1/2 is in one state, and the other 1/2 is in another.

 

I think they're both in South Carolina. I'm not a local or anything but Thunder Road is pretty craptacular. That being said, I think Hurler should be scrapped immediately. What's with GCIs aging so horribly?

 

I don't believe Hurler is a GCI.

Correct. Its "International Coasters Inc."....who have only built the two Hurlers

 

^ My bad. I guess I should check rcdb more often. I can see why they only built two.

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Better answers above▲ and below▼▼ ... my answer was somewhere between confusing and incorrect so I am removing it.

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