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As for the food, we ate at the Harmony Hall, which was quite impressive in size but poor in food quality. I’d say out of the four Cedar Fair parks that I’ve visited, Carowinds had the worst food.

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What did you eat?!?!?!?

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I'm glad someone else likes Nighthawk. I really fail to see the problem with Vekoma flying coasters.

 

Outside seats have insane amount of vibration, load slowly due to horrendous train design, restraints suck (feels like I'm doing a push up when in the flying position as a survival tactic), half the layout is taken on your back while you face straight up into the air, and the elements that exist aren't particularly forceful. I suppose the last point is actually a positive, as if they were taken with the kind of force B&M doles out on their pretzel loops, half the train would probably return dead from closed head injuries.

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As for the food, we ate at the Harmony Hall, which was quite impressive in size but poor in food quality. I’d say out of the four Cedar Fair parks that I’ve visited, Carowinds had the worst food.

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What did you eat?!?!?!?

 

 

I was wondering the same thing

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I've had many poor experiences at Harmony Hall as well. In terms of wait times, service, and food quality.

 

It took nearly 30 minutes to get food when there was only a few people in line, when I ordered something clearly shown on the menu none of the employees had any idea they even served it and gave me the wrong thing twice, then at check out I was charged incorrectly. The only good thing about the poor service is they accidentally gave me a full refund and forgot to charge me the right amount and you can steal drinks for free because no one is paying any attention or knows what they are doing.

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I'm glad someone else likes Nighthawk. I really fail to see the problem with Vekoma flying coasters.

 

Outside seats have insane amount of vibration, load slowly due to horrendous train design, restraints suck (feels like I'm doing a push up when in the flying position as a survival tactic), half the layout is taken on your back while you face straight up into the air, and the elements that exist aren't particularly forceful. I suppose the last point is actually a positive, as if they were taken with the kind of force B&M doles out on their pretzel loops, half the train would probably return dead from closed head injuries.

 

I agree about slow loading, but I never found the rides uncomfortable for whatever reason. Clearly I'm in the minority and I won't deny that B&M's are better (though I enjoy the standard Vekoma clone over a Superman clone but when you talk about something like Manta or Tatsu it's not comparable) but I don't mind them.

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I've had bad service at harmony hall on many occasions. Probably every time I've gone. The employee's always have a hard time checking people at the registers, like they've never done it before. Maybe their registers are just hard to use.

 

My wife and I have tried food at all of the stations in harmony hall. At this point, we mostly go for the steak burgers. But the only bad food was really the pizza. The pizza at both harmony hall and Papa loogie, is nasty. Otherwise the food has always been good IMO.

 

If you really want to experience bad service, try chickie and petes. You'll be there from opening to closing waiting on that stupid sandwich and French fries. Kind of worth it though.

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^^^ &^^^^^ Welcome to trying to get food at any park in a quick fashion (it rarely can be done). Waiting in line for chicken and waffles at Chickie & Pete's behind 4 people almost gave a stroke! But i was prepared for that mentally going in. Pretty good though after the 40min's it took to get it (they hook you up with the maple syrup).

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^ What I meant was the water park opened earlier than most water parks. I didn't realize the temperatures in the Carolinas warranted an earlier opening for a water park than most others. I'm not from the area. It really was a simple question.

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Sorry for the delay . . .

Last wednesday was the media preview for Carolina Harbor, the worlds largest Carolina themed water park and I was there on behalf of TPR! Ok, the park isn't going by that bill but I figured it had to be right?? Anyway, a lot has changed . . . I mean A LOT! Lets just get to the pictures.

 

Coming in the park from the employee entrance, the first thing encountered was Myrtle Turtle beach.

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Lets see how it compares to the concept art . . .

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To me, Myrtle Turtle Beach is an area for infants and small toddlers but fear not, for those toddlers that are a little too big for that area there is Kitty Hawk Cove.

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That area is a little more geared to those toddlers who like to climb more and even has a set of 2 jr size water slides! Check out some of the theming!

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Next up, Harbor House.

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Concept art for comparison.

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I have to say, this little pocket of the water park seems like a great "break" zone.

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There will also be a full service bar right in the middle of the water park.

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Here's your light house. . . lol. Which also doubles as a refreshment spot well it also triples are the cabana rental spot as well.

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ooouuuhhhh . . .

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They were getting things set up for the media day festivities!

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The new 8ft deep wave pool, Surf Harbor Club.

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Concept art.

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Hummm . . .

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The park also built another full size, in addition of expanding the original, bath house.

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The star of the expansion!

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For comparisons sake.

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A group of us were able to take on the slides before the actual media day . . . where no attractions were open.

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I am a fanatic for the drop box slides so naturally I think the new slide tower was an amazing addition! Also, to place it right at the front of the new entrance near the road is great marketing.

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We were only dropping from the yellow slide, which I think is the shortest.

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Lets get some above ground shots . . .

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I'd say one of the most awesome water park signage!

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Some more theming.

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Oh! Now this would make a great upcharge!

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Someone called the band?

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Carowinds filled in the oldest wave pool and created Seaside Splashworks.

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That's one HUGE bucket!

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What is it with Carowinds and their snakes (the other one is in the background lol)

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Be right back!

 

Ok back with even better weather, now it's officially time for media day! The park now has these cool signs all around, even in the water park!

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Love the water feature at the new pool.

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I can say, Carowinds always gets some really good live entertainment for every event.

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I was tempted to spike it lol lol (not really).

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Up first, the parks GM, Brad Marcy.

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Followed by John Taylor . . .

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Then Laresa Thompson.

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Alright, lets open this place . . . with bubbles! Oh, and a man floating in the air by water jets.

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Lets not forget fireworks!

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Time to eat! Carowinds has really stepped their game up in the food department. Despite the most recent trip report on here , the food at Carowinds is considered some of the best at a chain park and its unique because it focuses on the local cuisine. So lets salivate together . . .

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Licking your screen? Lets move on for a final look at some things . . .

 

I have to say, the Carolina Harbor really has a personality of its on, separate from the park.

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This was consider a good option at one point lol.

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I vote to make this little area an adults area with a bar! Instead of a wading area for geese . . .

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Looks nice doesn't? Carolina Harbor is one of the few water parks I have been to that isn't just a concrete pad.

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Thunder Road has now become just . . . a road.

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I have to say, Carowinds has proven that by providing some TLC a little can go a long way. I encourage you all to head to Carowinds and spend some time in Carolina Harbor as it is worth the visit alone!

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^Absolutely wonderful pictures there, thanks for posting your review. Although i think that some of it doesn't look as good as the original concept art it's a really good expansion regardless that a lot of people are going to enjoy.

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I'm planning a trip to the park during the first week of August. How are the lines usually like at the park on a weekday during the first week of August? Should I budget for Fast Lane Plus?

 

Very short, no need for Fastlane Plus. Just ride Nighthawk first, then Ricochet, then have at it...

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Pretty sure I know the answer to this question, but if I'm trying to visit on a Saturday or Sunday in July mid July, can I be pretty sure for a packed park and long lines? Would I need a Fast Lane Plus for the "must rides" below? I see the weekend I'm looking at is "Kids Fest" - not sure if that makes a difference.

 

My must rides based on a quick glance of the website:

 

- Fury 325 (preferably 2x)

- Intimidator

- Nighthawk

- Hurler

- WhitewaterFalls

 

Less concerned about (but could be interested in riding time permitting):

 

- Afterburn

- Carolina Cobra

- Vortex

- Carolina Cyclone

- Plants vs. Zombies

- Rip Roarin Rapids

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Afterburn was by far the best coaster when I visited in 2014, pre-Fury 325. I'd reconsider your list a bit (ESPECIALLY over Nighthawk and Hurler) lest you miss out on a really great coaster.

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Pretty sure I know the answer to this question, but if I'm trying to visit on a Saturday or Sunday in July mid July, can I be pretty sure for a packed park and long lines? Would I need a Fast Lane Plus for the "must rides" below? I see the weekend I'm looking at is "Kids Fest" - not sure if that makes a difference.

 

My must rides based on a quick glance of the website:

 

- Fury 325 (preferably 2x)

- Intimidator

- Nighthawk

- Hurler

- WhitewaterFalls

 

Less concerned about (but could be interested in riding time permitting):

 

- Afterburn

- Carolina Cobra

- Vortex

- Carolina Cyclone

- Plants vs. Zombies

- Rip Roarin Rapids

 

Your list is terrible, allow me to assist.

 

First of all: Who the F**k cares about Whitewater Falls? lol

 

Elite Rides

Fury

Afterburn

 

Good Rides

Intimidator

 

If you're into that kind of thing...

Nighthawk

Vortex (not awful for a standup)

 

Who cares?

Everything else

 

In all honesty, after those rides it depends what you're into. I don't think Carowinds has a "bad" coaster, but they have a lot of mediocre ones. In regards to non-coasters, since they removed the flume for Intimidator (this was honestly a downgrade... nobody's intimidated and nobody cares) I enjoy Boo Blasters, Windseeker the crappy Drop Tower and Southern Star. I think their flyers suck but a lot of people like them. I enjoy the other coasters for what they are.

 

TL;DR Just ride Fury and Afterburn a lot.

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Pretty sure I know the answer to this question, but if I'm trying to visit on a Saturday or Sunday in July mid July, can I be pretty sure for a packed park and long lines? Would I need a Fast Lane Plus for the "must rides" below? I see the weekend I'm looking at is "Kids Fest" - not sure if that makes a difference.

 

If you are going on a Saturday during an event called Kids Fest in July, I would start saving now for a FLP. Otherwise you'll probably spend half of your day in line for Nighthawk alone. At least with FLP, you might only spend 1/4 of your day in the Nighthawk line!

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