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

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Also, I need some line advice...

I went to Carowinds during Spring Break, and braved the long lines and no ERT to ride Fury (albeit once) without FL or FL+. I managed to get on Fury, Intimidator (twice ), Afterburn (ugh), Vortex (they made a ballet based on this one-the Nutcracker), and Thunder Road (#savethunderroad ). I still have yet to ride Nighthawk, Carolina Cyclone, Carolina Cobra, and Carolina Goldrusher (I don't need to do the Hurler and Ricochet because I ride their KD clones frequently). I will likely visit the park again on a weekday in July or August, so that means Fury ERT . Are there any strategies to avoid the monstrous Nighthawk line so I can finally ride a Flying Dutchman? (the fact that I want to ride a Vekoma is pathetic in general)

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^ I suggest hitting Fury 325 once or twice for the ERT and then sneak over to Nighthawk so you can be first in line when the park opens. If you choose to try and ride it at any time other than right when the park opens, it will be a 45+ minute wait. And I think I am being generous at 45 minutes.

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Did the park change the operating schedule for June? I planned our trip there for the 28th and 29th on June, and swore they were open 10am-10pm both days. Now I look and they are closed Sunday June 28 for a private event.

 

This sucks, as we are doing a multi park trip and this screws up our entire schedule.

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It has been that way since the schedule was released. The park has annually been closed for a company's private event the final Sunday of June the past several seasons.

I think Kings Dominion schedules the private events best and limits companies to only rent the park out the weekends between Labor Day and the beginning of Haunt... but Carowinds' Haunt starts a week or two earlier than KD's so they don't have that option necessarily.

 

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On a different topic, I found it funny that Kings Dominion's employee night for Soak City was called "Big Splash!" since that's the emphasis on the Carowinds 2016 project. Obviously there is no connection, but I saw it on KD's HR Instagram page and thought it was worth a share.

 

However, as many others have said, I could see Boomerang Bay becoming Soak City next season or in 2017.

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Well the moment of truth is a week from today, if my hopefully not-so-fat-anymore A$$ can fit in Fury 325.

 

What size are you down to now?

 

I'm wondering the same thing, i'm visiting the park on June 20th. i was too fat in April, I've lost 20 pounds since then, hope to lost another 10 by the June 20th.

 

I guess i'm right at a 44/46 waist...i just hope my legs are small enough...since that's really where the bar rest.

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Think it was always like that. I remember folks on other sites mentioning that and about how much it would cost to rent the entire park out.

 

 

Thank's for the info. I can't believe I missed that when booking our trip.

 

Another thing I just noticed about the parks hours are that they are only open 10-5:30 in October. I am kinda surprised that this park does not do a haloweekends event. Is there a reason why they don't?

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I am planning to visit Carowinds for the first time on Saturday, June 20th. We plan on driving down from Ohio on Friday afternoon and will be staying at the Best Western across the street. We were planning on spending a full day at the park that Saturday and then continuing on to the next leg of the trip on Sunday. Kings Island is our home park, so I was wondering how the typical Saturday crowd at Carowinds compares to Kings Island. I am thinking about indulging in Fast Lane but am still on the fence.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions or tips so that we can get the most out of our visit?

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Well the moment of truth is a week from today, if my hopefully not-so-fat-anymore A$$ can fit in Fury 325.

 

What size are you down to now?

 

I'm wondering the same thing, i'm visiting the park on June 20th. i was too fat in April, I've lost 20 pounds since then, hope to lost another 10 by the June 20th.

 

I guess i'm right at a 44/46 waist...i just hope my legs are small enough...since that's really where the bar rest.

 

I still wear 46 pants but the last time I measured myself I was 44 inches getting closer to 43. Also, I've noticed that my leg muscles seem a lot harder than what they used to be, which means that my legs are slightly leaner and not as fat.

 

People have been noticing that I've lost quite a large amount of weight. I'm currently 260, and when I went on Apollo's Chariot (and made two clicks) last year, I could have possibly been 48 inches in the waist and a possible 280lbs. Now I'm nearing 43 inches and my 46 pants are super-loose.

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I am planning to visit Carowinds for the first time on Saturday, June 20th. We plan on driving down from Ohio on Friday afternoon and will be staying at the Best Western across the street. We were planning on spending a full day at the park that Saturday and then continuing on to the next leg of the trip on Sunday. Kings Island is our home park, so I was wondering how the typical Saturday crowd at Carowinds compares to Kings Island. I am thinking about indulging in Fast Lane but am still on the fence.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions or tips so that we can get the most out of our visit?

 

probably the busiest day. I would avoid saturday like the plague. Monday/tuesday is best.

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So I got back yesterday from my 2000+ mi road trip, of which Carowinds was the farthest point. I was impressed by this park and am really glad I got the opportunity to travel all the way from Tulsa to visit this year. The coaster collection here is superb with the big 3 B&M's, a great classic arrow, and the classic out and back wooden combo, and the vekoma flyer.

 

I was pessimistic about Fury after it was announced. From the renderings it looked like it was a coaster made mostly to make the front entrance look good and was too stretched out to provide any fun moments. I can now say I was 100% wrong and that B&M knew what they were doing because this coaster was probably the funnest ride to ride over and over again on the entire trip. It does have a couple of blah moments that might have been addressed better if they weren't working around the entrance, but the total ride experience was tremendous. I was blown away by how much fun the outbound curves were while going that fast, and by how much airtime was given by the final hills. I've been around this hobby long enough that I should have known better than to make judgements before riding, but this will be a lesson I won't forget!

 

I found Carolina Cyclone to be surprisingly good for a classic arrow looper. It wasn't too rough, and the inversions were taken at the right speed to be pretty fun. Afterburn is probably the best B&M looping coaster I've ever been on, and of course I thought Intimidator was excellent as well, albeit with a disappointing ending. With this trip I've experienced three B&M 200ft+ coasters now, and I'm definitely a huge fan.

 

It's a shame that Thunder Road is leaving this park as I really did think it added a lot of appeal to the place, but it seems like the locals and the PTB don't feel the same. It's like the coaster is a red-headed step child for the park with the way its unpainted and worn-looking and with its station is tucked away in a back corner behind games and a frozen ice stand. It didn't feel like a celebrated coaster, in contrast to Racer at King's Island that I also experienced on this trip. The ride itself is good though. While it doesn't have a huge amount of airtime and is a little rough in the wrong seats, it is fun and a classic experience that I enjoyed marathoning. It felt like a little more work put into it would make it really great again, but it simply isn't looked at as a good coaster now that there are so many great steel coasters in the park. The only thing wrong with this coaster is that it is in the way - it just seems like a big waste of our quickly diminishing classic wooden coaster population. Let's hope they don't get any ideas about KI's Racer!

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So I got back yesterday from my 2000+ mi road trip, of which Carowinds was the farthest point.

 

I hope you didn't make that drive alone. My girlfriend and I are doing the same thing. Well, kinda; We stopped at Dollywood on Saturday, did Carowinds yesterday, and are currently in Atlanta to do SFOG before driving back to Tulsa on Thursday.

 

Fury was a huge surprise to me. It was built for speed and did a great job at maintaining throughout the course! Afterburn was by far the best surprise of this trip. I knew it would be intense, but that old school B&M was just..amazing. Forceful from the drop to the breakrun!

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Fury was a huge surprise to me. It was built for speed and did a great job at maintaining throughout the course!

 

Agreed! I visited the park this weekend, and Fury was running much faster than when I rode opening weekend. The ride gave some very forceful floater on the turnaround dive that had me thrown sideways in the back left seat, it was amazing!

 

I also FINALLY got a front seat ride, after riding 10 times. They still don't have a mechanism in place to wait extra for the front row which really bugs me. The front seat lets you feel all of the speed and is by far the best row on the ride.

 

Other notes, Intimidator was running very fast the one night (compared to opening weekend). It was much more impressive this time around and gave great airtime. Overall the faster running coasters made the trip a great surprise.

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