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I've never seen a new ride steal an old ride's thunder like that. When we went to Canada's Wonderland we loved both Behemoth and Leviathan, at other parks new great rides never made me think less of existing rides. Even a ride like El Toro doesn't make me love Nitro any less even though it's obviously better. Skyrush never stole Storm Runner's Thunder (Farenheit never had any thunder lol), same goes for Millennium Force and Magnum... it's really amazing how Fury just made Intimidator look like a big steaming pile of who gives a f**k.

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^Honestly I never thought Intimidator was that great to begin with. It rides so mediocrely compared to other B&M hypers. The first drop might be one of the best on any B&M hyper though. After that, it's Intrimidator with minimal airtime followed by a mid course brake run that might as well end the ride.

 

Still a quality coaster that is a definite crowd pleaser, I just think it was really easy to outshine!

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What Cedar Fair is doing by going out, finding and buying classic rides, and bringing them to operate in their parks has got me saying "OH -YEAH!!!"

 

Carowinds will be getting five classic rides that I'm sure will be a wonderful addition to their lineup. Who knows what the team will find next year when they disembark on another "Amusement Ride Picker" episode, but if they found a "Galaxy" coaster and decided to put it in Kings Dominion, then I'll think I would do the dance!

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I've just confirmed that I'll be heading down to Charlotte this May to visit Carowinds . A few questions...

 

1) I'll likely be visiting the park on May 19th and 20th (Thursday and Friday). How busy should I expect the park to be?

2) In what order should I hit the coasters/rides?

3) For lodging, I'm looking at the cluster of hotels just south of the park in Fort Mill. Any of those in particular that you'd recommend, and are those hotels within walking distance of the park?

4$ Anything else I should know?

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it's really amazing how Fury just made Intimidator look like a big steaming pile of who gives a f**k.

 

I went to Carowinds for the first time last year, and this was kind of how I ended up feeling as well... We even skipped a second ride on Intimidator at the end of the day, that would have likely precluded us from getting a final ride in on Fury, to get that last Fury ride in (our 7th of the day!)

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I don't think anyone has said what the five flat rides are going to be, but the Charlotte Observer has announced them. They will be a Top Scan, a Troika (A clone of Bad Apple at Kings Dominion), a Break Dance (always fan favorites), a Wave Swinger that will most likely replace the Chance Yo-Yo, and a Music Express.

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I'm most interested to see where the rides will be located in the park. As has been mentioned, I think it's a safe bet that the Wave Swinger will be replacing the Yo-Yo. I could also see one of them going in the old Black Widow/Cinema 180/arcade spot. Maybe the old Thunder Road station area for some of the others?

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If anyone is interested in representing TPR for a hard hat construction tour at Carowinds on Feb 24th, please contact me at robbalvey@themeparkreview.com

 

You must be:

 

- 18 years or over

- Able to take decent pictures and post a photo trip report

- Available in the morning for a couple of hours

 

This is a tour of all the new additions coming to the park this year. Please email me if you would be interested and once we select someone to go, I will email you back.

 

Thank you!

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^For the 2 users above visiting the park this summer, the lines aren't bad and you really only need one day at the park. If you are traveling by car I would suggest adding a second park that lines up with whatever direction you are traveling (KD, SFOG, Dollywood) unless one of those is a park you are already going to or have been to enough to be satisfied.

 

Have fun at Carowinds! There are rarely any lines during weekdays other than Nighthawk and since most of the park's line up is very average you will have plenty of time for Fury. Be warned Intimidator is good but not great and if you ride Fury first you may be underwhelmed. Afterburn is awesome. The rest of the coasters are meh but if you like classic Arrows that will help! I am a fan as well. Don't miss the flyers! The operators encourage snapping and that is a classic model from the 1940s(?).

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I'm most interested to see where the rides will be located in the park. As has been mentioned, I think it's a safe bet that the Wave Swinger will be replacing the Yo-Yo. I could also see one of them going in the old Black Widow/Cinema 180/arcade spot. Maybe the old Thunder Road station area for some of the others?

I feel like the Breakdance would look really cool over by Coasters and Hurler if there is any space over there. Honestly the park could use some flats between coasters so anywhere they have space will be perfect.

 

All of these are great flats and I will definitely be back to the park when they open! Seriously probably my favorite 5 flats they could have chosen. Top Scans are ridiculously intense and possibly my favorite flat. Can't wait!

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^For the 2 users above visiting the park this summer, the lines aren't bad and you really only need one day at the park. If you are traveling by car I would suggest adding a second park that lines up with whatever direction you are traveling (KD, SFOG, Dollywood) unless one of those is a park you are already going to or have been to enough to be satisfied.

 

Have fun at Carowinds! There are rarely any lines during weekdays other than Nighthawk and since most of the park's line up is very average you will have plenty of time for Fury. Be warned Intimidator is good but not great and if you ride Fury first you may be underwhelmed. Afterburn is awesome. The rest of the coasters are meh but if you like classic Arrows that will help! I am a fan as well. Don't miss the flyers! The operators encourage snapping and that is a classic model from the 1940s(?).

 

 

Thanks for the tip!!! We are actually doing Dollywood during the week. And ill make sure to ride Intimidator first then Fury!!

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You know, I just can't think how different the park looks with Thunder Road gone. I bet the view will also be different from the drivers that were used to driving by Thunder Road, and now the coaster isn't there anymore.

 

"Don't look at me; I just want to lie in bed all day."

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New park map is online and Minigolf is missing, and it also says "SPRING". So I'm guessing there will be more maps to come out?

 

If you're hoping for those 5 new European flats, that's most likely out of the question. Carolina Harbor not being open yet but being featured on the map could very well confuse and anger some of the less intelligent guests. Speaking of those flats, where could they go?

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