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^^Also if you decide on a chain place, there is a TGI Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings and a place called Hickory Tavern (Sports bar with pub grub) on S. Tryon St @ Steel Creek Rd south of the place listed above. Those seem to be the closest places to the park. If all else fails, you can just get some liquor next door to your hotel at Frugal MacDoogals. It's a huge liquor store.

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Comfort Inn booked @ $80. Pretty solid deal AND I'm neighbors with a Culvers.

 

I'm making sure to get in at a solid time on Thursday night so I can go out and relax. Anyone have reccos for dinner/bar close to the park? I'm all down for solid bar food, but also love trying new things like Bolivian food, etc.

 

 

Hi Jizzman, Carowinds is my home park and one of the best kept secrets near the park is "A Piece of Havana" cuban restaurant. It's about 9 minutes outside the front gate on South Tryon St and has a full bar. I can recommend the Cuban Press if it's a sandwich your looking for and the Lechon Asado (Roasted Pork) is a must. Of course a couple of Mohitos from the bar are mandatory if you drink.!!

 

This sounds right up my alley.

 

If all else fails, you can just get some liquor next door to your hotel at Frugal MacDoogals. It's a huge liquor store.

Also thank you for pointing out there's a liquor store right next to me! I'm not sure I'll be able to take advantage of that...but that is a fantastic plan b!

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Even Afterburn had no line all day.

 

This could very well be one of the most under-appreciated coasters out there...

 

Ok... I've gotta' say it... The whole "Afterburn is one of the most under-appreciated coasters out there" line, mostly coming from enthusiasts, is SO commonplace now, it's actually become almost overrated in my opinion! I mean, I enjoyed it more than Raptor, the middle of the road Inverts, and the Batmen, but not as much as Banshee, Alpengeist, or Montu. After how much enthusiasts had hyped it, I guess I had expected it to be more in line with those fantastic inverts, but did not. To each their own I guess!

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When I went on a Saturday in July last year, lines weren't too bad....... The park really hauls in getting out dispatches.

 

Hauling on dispatches is an understatement with Carowinds! Every time we've been there we are more and more impressed.

 

 

I got to the park at opening today and had 7 rides on Fury325 to start the day. I did a couple of laps around the park but didn't ride much. Afterburn still runs great. The ride cycle on Woodstock Gliders seemed much shorter than I remember. I really like Plants vs. Zombies, even though I had to ride 3 times before i got a decent gun.

 

Hey Larry, can you try to explain what you like about Plants vs. Zombies? When we rode it last year we thought it was the stupidest thing on the planet. We had no idea what we were doing except sort of shooting at things, but there didn't seem to be any way to tell who shot what or when or why. Boyfriend thought it was horrible. It's got air conditioning and you sit down for several minutes so I really want to like it... convert me, please!

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I see Afterburn and Banshee as polar opposites. Afterburn is short, tight, compact, intense, and leaves you exhilarated. But Banshee is enormous, graceful, swooping, and leaves you awe-inspired. And I love them both for that.

 

I think you nailed it here, and I think this speaks to one's personal preference when it comes to an Invert experience. While I did really like Afterburn (still #4 Invert), I personally prefer the "awe-inspired", "graceful" nature of Banshee (or Alpengeist - at least back in the day) more!

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Hey Larry, can you try to explain what you like about Plants vs. Zombies? When we rode it last year we thought it was the stupidest thing on the planet. We had no idea what we were doing except sort of shooting at things, but there didn't seem to be any way to tell who shot what or when or why. Boyfriend thought it was horrible. It's got air conditioning and you sit down for several minutes so I really want to like it... convert me, please!

 

It could be done better, as you have to figure out where each gun is firing. Each gun has a unique color and number. which is noted on your seat (this is addressed in the pre-video). Once you fire a test shot and locate where your gun is firing you adjust your aim with each shot. I completely agree it would be more fun if the guns were calibrated properly and it was easier to locate your shot. The reasons I like it.

1) I like shooting rides

2) I like the concept

3) I like indoor attractions

 

I completely understand it is not for everybody

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Hey Larry, can you try to explain what you like about Plants vs. Zombies? When we rode it last year we thought it was the stupidest thing on the planet. We had no idea what we were doing except sort of shooting at things, but there didn't seem to be any way to tell who shot what or when or why. Boyfriend thought it was horrible. It's got air conditioning and you sit down for several minutes so I really want to like it... convert me, please!

 

It could be done better, as you have to figure out where each gun is firing. Each gun has a unique color and number. which is noted on your seat (this is addressed in the pre-video). Once you fire a test shot and locate where your gun is firing you adjust your aim with each shot. I completely agree it would be more fun if the guns were calibrated properly and it was easier to locate your shot. The reasons I like it.

1) I like shooting rides

2) I like the concept

3) I like indoor attractions

 

I completely understand it is not for everybody

 

 

While I enjoyed Plants vs Zombies for what it is, I think it helps if you have a little knowledge of the game as well. I don't play PvZ at home but I happened to be at Carowinds with some avid players that explained it a little. The best tip I got was, try to shoot as many golden gnomes as you can to rack up points. I came in 2nd in a room full of people with only that little bit of knowledge. I like dark rides and shooters as well but this was a one and done for me where as Boo Blasters is more re-rideable IMO. Also, it took me a minute to get my bearings when it started because it is a very busy game with things flying around everywhere.

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It is a little difficult but once you find where your gun is shooting it's not bad.I might do it two or three times a visit just to get away from the heat. I haven't been since October but the last time I rode it the paint was looking pretty much awful on the guns and seats. Makes me wonder how long they were planning on keeping it around.

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Thanks guys for the info on PvZ! We did not see an intro video as we walked pretty much right onto the ride when the doors were open, so that definitely didn't help our experience LOL. We aren't video game people so had no idea what the storyline was but absolutely love Boo Blasters and figured it'd be similar Sadly, Blasters at Carowinds last year was in terrible condition and none of the targets or guns worked. Shame since the one at Kings Dominion is awesome. But I'll make sure to look at the gun and seat so I know which is mine, and look forward to killing as many golden gnomes as possible!

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Thanks guys for the info on PvZ! We did not see an intro video as we walked pretty much right onto the ride when the doors were open, so that definitely didn't help our experience LOL. We aren't video game people so had no idea what the storyline was but absolutely love Boo Blasters and figured it'd be similar Sadly, Blasters at Carowinds last year was in terrible condition and none of the targets or guns worked. Shame since the one at Kings Dominion is awesome. But I'll make sure to look at the gun and seat so I know which is mine, and look forward to killing as many golden gnomes as possible!

 

You're welcome!

Let us know how round 2 goes!

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They've updated Boo Blasters at Carowinds. All the targets are working and the animatronics I didn't know moved are now moving and responding when their targets are hit.

 

Great to hear. When were you on it last? I was there opening weekend and it wasn't working correctly.

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I posted a similar question in the KD thread a few days ago, but I'm looking for an answer for Carowinds as well.

 

It looks like I'll be visiting for the first time in early August of this year on a Thursday (either the 3rd or the 10th). Will one full day with FastLane+ be good to cover everything, including multiple re-rides on Fury, Intimidator, and Afterburn? We're currently planning out a quad-Cedar Fair trip (Carowinds, KD, KI, and CP) to get some great use out of our Platinum Passes, and spending one full day at this park rather than two may help us in the long run in order to have a sufficient amount of time and flexibility at the other three parks. We plan on doing a one-way trip... flying into Charlotte and out of Cleveland.

 

Thanks in advance. I can't wait to finally ride Fury... I've been so patient since it opened! lol

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^ It should not be a problem at all with FL+ on a Thursday.

 

We went on a weekday during the summer and got more than enough rides on anything...and that was without FL+. Granted it was like a bazillion degrees and they didn't have Fury at the time. But we still did the water park for a couple of hours, did most of the dry side, left the park and went out for an early dinner, went back to the hotel to have a couple of cocktails (waiting for it to cool down a bit) and then went back into the park for some night rides and to see the fireworks show.

 

I seem to recall riding Intimidator about six times without ever getting off to end the night there.

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I posted a similar question in the KD thread a few days ago, but I'm looking for an answer for Carowinds as well.

 

It looks like I'll be visiting for the first time in early August of this year on a Thursday (either the 3rd or the 10th). Will one full day with FastLane+ be good to cover everything, including multiple re-rides on Fury, Intimidator, and Afterburn? We're currently planning out a quad-Cedar Fair trip (Carowinds, KD, KI, and CP) to get some great use out of our Platinum Passes, and spending one full day at this park rather than two may help us in the long run in order to have a sufficient amount of time and flexibility at the other three parks. We plan on doing a one-way trip... flying into Charlotte and out of Cleveland.

 

Thanks in advance. I can't wait to finally ride Fury... I've been so patient since it opened! lol

 

You will likely not need a Fast Lane pass at all. I would suggest waiting until you arrive at the park to measure the crowds before deciding on if it's worth the extra cost of buying it. The dry side of the park is very manageable on weekdays as the majority of people tend to flock to the water park. You should be able to get plenty of re-rides on those you selected. Without Fast Lane I would suggest riding Nighthawk first if you're going at opening as it's operations are quite slow.

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^ and ^^ Thanks for the info. I'm really surprised to hear how not-crowded these parks are. A couple people in the KD thread were telling me the same thing about non-existent crowds at I305 and others. We might still end up buying FastLane+ anyway, but we definitely will not purchase it until we are at the park and see what it's like. Great news!

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