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Six Flags urks my nerves when it comes to repainting rides. Carowinds obviously is 15mins from my house but I do frequent SF ATL, SF in DC and when I go home to NYC of course SF Great Adventure and the rides just looks horrible. It's such a pet peeve to see the rides are lack luster when six flags color schemes on there rides are some of the best combinations of colors.

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Hey all, I'm hoping to make it to Carowinds this year (Fall/late summer), other than Fury which is an obvious must ride what would you Carowinds experts advise that I make sure I leave time for? I'm going to try to hit all the coasters obviously but have really only heard much about Fury and Intimidator.

You'll have time for everything. I really really like this park, but it really doesn't have much to offer, outside of its two and a half excellent offerings. Fury (Excellent), Afterburn (Excellent), Intimidator (half....). Their mine train is 'ok', but if you're not a glider fan, there's not much else you'll want to do. There's no log flume, train, or sky ride and most of the other coasters, aside from nighthawk, will be 5-10 minute waits at most.

 

Don't get me wrong, Fury is worth going out of the way for all on it's own and it's perfectly complimented by Afterburn. In fact, I enjoyed both so much that it motivated me to buy last minute plane tickets in the fall. My only suggestion is to go to Nighthawk at rope drop to beat the long lines due to slow loading. Other than that, this park is really well landscaped for a large corporate park and it provides some really scenic views of the roller coasters and park attractions. It does so with a mixture of old school feel and 'modern sports complex' style, neither of which fail to impress in their own way.

 

Damn. Now I want to go ride Fury...

 

Also, if you're old enough to drink, stop at Frugal MacDoogal liquor store on the way. It has an awesome selection of local beers to enjoy in your hotel room. Not the parking lot, as I found out that security doesn't take kindly to this (dunce hat). It's my favorite liquor store ever. Why? Because if you're standing at the front of the store you can clearly see Carowinds' reflection on the front glass. Look to your left and there's Fury. God, I hate myself for being this way.

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Since my home park is a Six Flags park, it's always incredibly impressive when Cedar Fair routinely paints rides that didn't even look that bad to begin with.

I know the feeling. It makes it easy to appreciate Cedar Fair.

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Hey all, I'm hoping to make it to Carowinds this year (Fall/late summer), other than Fury which is an obvious must ride what would you Carowinds experts advise that I make sure I leave time for? I'm going to try to hit all the coasters obviously but have really only heard much about Fury and Intimidator.

 

Peanut Pirates, Woodstock Gliders, Plants vs Zombie, Screamweaver, Drop Tower, Electro-Spin and catch the Cirque show as well.

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Um didn't Afterburn have paint chipping off for several seasons before it was repainted? Didn't CF also take three years to repaint Millennium Force? Didn't they also paint Talon's supports like two years before they painted the track? Have you all seen Diamondback's lift supports recently?

 

Six Flags isn't that far removed from a five year period were they were repainting at least one coaster in virtually every one of their parks every single year. Neither chain is perfect when it comes to repainting rides.

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^ Even before they were painted, Millennium Force and Afterburn never jumped out at me as needing paint, I wasn't going out of my way and looking for problems but at a lot of Six Flags parks you don't have to look. Talon has always been so vibrant that it almost doesn't look real. That ride has always looked like the park paints the entire thing on a daily basis. I can't speak for Diamondback, but to compare any of these things to what goes on at a park like Six Flags Great Adventure or La Ronde is ridiculous on so many levels.

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^Superman at SFGAd literally looks like an abandoned coaster in a third-world country. It's really been getting ugly recently.

 

Exactly, this is not an exaggeration at all. And keep in mind that Superman has the most prominent location of any coaster in the park. It's right next to the front gate and everyone walks right by it on the way in. Nitro looks equally awful and Bizarro is getting there.

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I can only speak for Six Flags ATL. Goliath looks horrid to be a front entrance coaster along with Georgia Scorcher that's right near the walkway the pedestrians have to walk to get to the gate. Scorcher is peeling very badly and Goliath so very faded smh. I'm not going to even discuss Superman in the back of the park it's just horrible,

 

With in Cedar Fair, to me Carowinds have always been the better park to keep up with their rides looking there best and vibrant. I mean Intimidator is 7yrs old and they train seats were replaced with brand new one last season while Diamondback and Kings Island is 8yrs and the seats and restraint handles are just freaking nasty. The head rest itself looks like its full of diseases in the black dirt filled area of the head rest. This just unacceptable.

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I have to say, we drove past Carowinds a few weeks ago on our way to a family wedding in South Carolina. Fury looked even crazier than I imagined seeing it in person (albeit for just a minute or so).....I have a feeling I would totally dig that ride. Definitely need to return to the park sooner rather than later to check it out! Our 2-year-old daughter noticed it out the window as well as we passed by and said "Ooooo, ride!! Go ride it??" Yeah, she's my kid all right!

 

I like the look of their new County Fair section for this year. I seem to remember during our one visit years ago that the flat selection was fairly thin, but they seem to be bolstering that up now.

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I can only speak for Six Flags ATL. Goliath looks horrid to be a front entrance coaster along with Georgia Scorcher that's right near the walkway the pedestrians have to walk to get to the gate. Scorcher is peeling very badly and Goliath so very faded smh. I'm not going to even discuss Superman in the back of the park it's just horrible,

 

With in Cedar Fair, to me Carowinds have always been the better park to keep up with their rides looking there best and vibrant. I mean Intimidator is 7yrs old and they train seats were replaced with brand new one last season while Diamondback and Kings Island is 8yrs and the seats and restraint handles are just freaking nasty. The head rest itself looks like its full of diseases in the black dirt filled area of the head rest. This just unacceptable.

Luckily Superman is in the process of being repainted (although it is sadly losing the yellow rails).

 

I agree Scorcher is a complete mess and at this point would come across as dangerously neglected to non-enthusiasts. I think Goliath looks fine though. Sure it is faded, but the shade is solid throughout and there is no chipping of paint, so it just looks like it is supposed to have that faded hue. It was gorgeous when it was new though.

 

Overall, I agree that Carowinds does a significantly better job though.

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Then there are the coasters who fade and are famous for it, like Xcelerator. They repainted its supports only to keep the famous pink!

But yes, there are sadly others that are the abused step children of the parks. My question is: why do parks put off such an important thing for so long?!

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Well to vouch for Intimidator and Xcelerator or any coaster at a park that deals with extreme UV rays and above 90 degree temps in the summers, red pinks blacks are highly prone to fading vs other colors in the direct sunlight. Intimidaor at Carowinds was supposed to be repainted this off season, however obviously that's not the case because Cobra had to be repainted for the new theme it will have in the new Coutny Fair section. They'll probably do it next off season, at least they replaced the seat cushions and restraint bars on the trains hell even Hurler got new cushions on its trains last season. They're rather comfy. Lol

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Then there are the coasters who fade and are famous for it, like Xcelerator. They repainted its supports only to keep the famous pink!

But yes, there are sadly others that are the abused step children of the parks. My question is: why do parks put off such an important thing for so long?!

 

Because the paint is not important, and by important I mean vital to operation.

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