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

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Did anyone else hear about the private event this Sunday? I had been planning a trip to go to Carowinds this Sunday for months now. I happened to be on ScreamScape and I read an article saying it was closed for a private event. Hoping this was just a rumor, I hopped over to carowinds.com and sure enough, the date was blacked out. Has anyone heard about this? And is there a way to get into the event without being affiliated with the group the event is for? Thanks

 

The event is private and you must be invited to attend, so no outsiders. It's rented out by BMW for their family day event. They do this every year around this time. It's been on the park's calendar as closed for special event since it was released months ago.

 

Thanks. I figured that they wouldn't let regular guests in. I didn't realize that that BMW did it annually though, and so when I first saw it, I was very surprised. Also, I didn't think to check the calendar for any special events, because usually when I have seen private events at theme parks, they are in the evening or after park hours. Lesson learned I guess. Thanks for your help.

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Don't feel bad.

 

I planned my trip without checking the calendar also. I had to rearrange my whole trip because of this. Kinda weird that a large park like this would do a private event in the summer. I know kings island is closed for a private event on the weekend that they open in the spring. Oh well, lesson learned.

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My wife and I will be at the park on a saturday in late July. We're coaster buffs but not really needing to do any of the non-coaster things. Does anyone have any good general strategy for the park? I was there around 99/2000 so the rides I'm most interested in hitting heavily are Fury 325 and Intimidator.

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If you're interested in riding NightHawk, ride that first thing in the morning as the queue is in the full sun and is always the longest wait in the park. Once you knock that out the park doesn't necessarily need a strategy as Intimidator and Fury both are capacity monsters and the lines move quick.

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I am taking my first trip the Carowinds on July 11th. What is the best food in the park? I am hearing the BBQ is good.

I took two visits to Carowinds this summer and both times we ate at Harmony Hall. While it might not be the best food, as when was any theme park's food is to die for (except the Cinnamon Bread at Dollywood), it has quantity. The ones I remember seem to be burgers, BBQ, Italian, and salads. There might be more I can't put my tongue on. To find Harmony Hall, from the front gate walk to the left past Intimidator and it will be on your left. Hope this helps!

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BBQ is OK, the burgers at harmony hall are pretty good. Pizza is comparable to lunchables.

 

I was at the park yesterday, everything but the wild mouse was a walk-on. Water park looked really busy.

 

Heads up, I spent about $10 on water bottles before hearing over the speakers that cups of water were being given for free all day. First time I've been to a park that did this. It was great, available in all drink or food locations. This was dependant on the heat, but ask for a cup of water before hitting up the vending machines.

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^ you should be able to do the refill thing with them. I PROMISE no one is even gonna look...you could probably bring one from last year, hell...10 years ago lol.

I am taking my first trip the Carowinds on July 11th. What is the best food in the park? I am hearing the BBQ is good.

The brisket is my go to when it comes to the BBQ

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If the brisket is as good as it is at world's of fun, I will be all over it.

 

Yes...they sell the cups and refill them as well. Not many people know that besides free refills on the day you purchase the cup, you can pay $5 and reactivate it for free refills in a future visit.

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BBQ is OK, the burgers at harmony hall are pretty good. Pizza is comparable to lunchables.

 

I was at the park yesterday, everything but the wild mouse was a walk-on. Water park looked really busy.

 

Heads up, I spent about $10 on water bottles before hearing over the speakers that cups of water were being given for free all day. First time I've been to a park that did this. It was great, available in all drink or food locations. This was dependant on the heat, but ask for a cup of water before hitting up the vending machines.

 

I've never had a problem with asking for cups of water at any park. I can't even remember the last time I've had to buy a bottled water at a theme park. Maybe I've just gotten lucky every time.

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... is there a way to get into the event without being affiliated with the group the event is for? Thanks

There are two methods: Pay off the ticket booth guy, or jump the fence. (Don't do either of those, of course, unless you lack all common sense ). My friend somehow managed to jump the fence at Kennywood in 2005 and according to him made it all of 10 yards toward the entrance tunnel before being caught and promptly banned for life . (IMO he was lucky not to be arrested for trespassing, since Kennywood has actual police). (Note that I did not INVOLVE MYSELF WITH NOR DO I ENDORSE my friend's behavior AT ALL, I'm simply stating what happened, DO NOT DO THIS...EVER. I'm NOT BRAGGING ABOUT THIS SO I'M NOT IN VIOLATION OF RULE #15 ON THE ToS, MY FRIEND IS JUST AN IDIOT). Last year, my friend returned as a paying customer (to test if they actually enforced the lifetime ban after the Parques Reunidos acquisition), and made it through the entire day without any questions asked.

That stinks, though, about the private event... I hope that you can figure out a way to work the trip into your schedule despite this.

Personally, I think that it would be better if parks stopped closing for private events and instead posted "long lines" warnings and offered ticket date transfers for non-event attendees.

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Personally, I think that it would be better if parks stopped closing for private events and instead posted "long lines" warnings and offered ticket date transfers for non-event attendees.

I don't think you quite get the whole concept of renting the park. I very much doubt BMW would pay Carowinds a bunch of money for tickets for each one of their employees only to encounter a park full of people.

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They should consider doing what Kings Island does and shut down for private outings on the weekends in September before Haunt begins - this way the main season wouldn't be affected.

 

I'm sure they do consider it, but if a company has enough money and wants a certain day there are going to make an offer.

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hey guys, i am planning a 4 day trip to carowinds " my first " the third week of august, i noticed on their calendar that it is the one week they close the park at 6pm. i assume it is because schools start back. so im hoping for walk on rides all day, every day. going monday through thursday. "the week can't be changed due to work. " so, could some Carowinds regulars please give me an idea what it's normally like that week?

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That and besides BMW have been renting the park the last Sunday in June for the past 8yrs. I mean they're forking out around 3 mil so of coarse Carowinds would be like any day you want. Lol. After all it is on a Sunday a slow day.

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They are not paying 3 million. I believe that carowinds even posted on Facebook that that number is false.

 

With that being said, I was in the park yesterday and while in line, I had overheard a few conversations about how people did not like that the park was closed. I personally think that if there going to do this, they should pick a day early in the season, of a day that they are closed anyways. To close the park around the 4th of July is just kinda bad .

 

Going back into the park today. Going to try to get a thunder road pin. The ride was running great! I think they are closing the wrong coaster. Close Hurler. ...that ride sucked.

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I think the park can close its doors to a private event whenever it wants to, regardless of what the GP and entitled enthusiasts think. It's one day out of an entire season. I'll have no complaints as long as it's on the calendar.

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I think the park can close its doors to a private event whenever it wants to, regardless of what the GP and entitled enthusiasts think. It's one day out of an entire season. I'll have no complaints as long as it's on the calendar.

 

Not to sound like a smart ass, but if your in the amusement park business I would assume that you WOULD care what the general public think as they are your bread and butter.

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