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I feel like I am one of the few that doesn't want Vortex to go Floorless. I feel its a nostalgia thing one of the few stand ups still out there. Its showing its age and I understand that but I still just like it the way it is. Same goes for Hurler. I love Twisted Timber and Steel Vengeance but I think I still want that good old wooden coaster feel since we only have 2 left in the park. I think my other thought is if they did a RMC Conversion to it. How would it work with Fury 325 right next to it. I don't know just a random thoughts I had

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Just realized that. I also never noticed Space Race was being removed, but I mean it's only a kids ride. I guess it's okay that Flying Ace is staying. It's good for kids, but could use some better restraints.

 

Those restraints are horrific. One and done a few years ago for me which is unfortunate because it was actually a decent little ride.

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Just realized that. I also never noticed Space Race was being removed, but I mean it's only a kids ride. I guess it's okay that Flying Ace is staying. It's good for kids, but could use some better restraints.

 

Those restraints are horrific. One and done a few years ago for me which is unfortunate because it was actually a decent little ride.

What's crazy is Swamp Thing at Wild Adventures has the same trains as Flying Ace Aerial Chase, but was a lot more comfortable when I rode it (well that was 5 years ago...but it was then...lol). I had no head banging. They even run it through twice unless there is a line for it. I think Carowinds should take this opportunity to get a new train(s) in the process of re-theming the ride. Will they? Probably not...lol

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So, I just got back from my week long trip down to Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg. While down there, I decided to leave my group behind for a day and take a nice 3 hour trip for my first ever visit to Carowinds... I can say I was not disappointed at all! This park is beautiful, you can definitely tell it was a Paramount park in the past, and bravo to Cedar Fair for keeping it a gorgeous park. I went this past Tuesday, arrived at opening and the longest line of the day I had was for Ricochet, about 15 minutes. I've always wanted to visit Carowinds, and ever since Fury was built, I've been aching to get there. Fury was down right phenomenal, my new #1!! I had 1 front row ride, 1 fourth row ride, and one last car ride... WOW, WOW, WOW!! I knew it would be a great ride, but it really did blow me away!! Hurler is in desperate need of the RMC conversion and i know its coming soon. Afterburn was beyond a pleasant surprise! It was way more forceful than I thought it would be, and the ride itself was awesome... great transitions, fun layout that greatly interacts with the surroundings. Vortex, well, I seriously don't know why I put myself on these tortures machines.... oh, wait, yes I do, the credit lol. And for Intimidator, well, I was actually surprised. I always here how lame and slow it is, but truthfully, it wasn't bad, definitely not near the top of the list for best B&M hypers, but was still a fun ride.. yes the hill trim definitely is noticeable and needs to go. Anyway, all in all, great park and definitely will make it back.... hopefully soon!!

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Buy your 2018 platinum pass at Carowinds and you will get 1 free ticket for Carowinds for 2017 (not Scarowinds). A 2018 pass is not good for unlimited visits in 2017. What is the advantage to buying it at Kings Dominion? (Unless you planned on using the free ticket for this year at Kings Dominion instead of Carowinds)

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Random Question. I am planning on getting a 2018 Platinum pass at Kings Dominion at the end of this month. I am visiting Carowinds at the end of September, does the platinum pass works in that time?

 

Thank you.

No. It would not be available to use until opening day 2018. You do get one free visit at KD this year if you don't already have a pass this year or a free fast lane to use before the end of this season.

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One way around that would be buying your Platinum Pass through Carowinds and use your one free visit there. The only thing is your home park would be Carowinds, but you would still have all the Platinum benefits at all Cedar Fair Parks. (This won't work if you're renewing or upgrading a current pass I believe.)

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I feel like I am one of the few that doesn't want Vortex to go Floorless. I feel its a nostalgia thing one of the few stand ups still out there. Its showing its age and I understand that but I still just like it the way it is. Same goes for Hurler. I love Twisted Timber and Steel Vengeance but I think I still want that good old wooden coaster feel since we only have 2 left in the park. I think my other thought is if they did a RMC Conversion to it. How would it work with Fury 325 right next to it. I don't know just a random thoughts I had

 

I get the nostalgia thing (I feel the same for some rides at my local park), but since I have no emotional attachment to anything at Carowinds, I will say that I would be very happy if both rides were replaced with almost anything. Vortex is one of the worst coasters I've ever ridden anywhere, and Hurler was just boring. Any coaster that has trims at the bottom of the first drop needs help.

 

Converting Vortex to a floorless would be a good move but it wouldn't interest me much, but if RMC converted Hurler into something like Twister Timbers that would be an astronomical improvement. You ask how it would work with Fury 325 right next to it? Both rides would kick ass. They're completely different experiences, there's no issue putting them next to each other. The only reason I'd leave that corner of the park would be to get some awesome rides on Afterburn.

 

As for the Vortex image from Snapchat, I wouldn't look into it at all... They're simply saying that it's still a standup coaster. I don't think it means anything beyond that.

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Vortex is the only standup coaster I've ever ridden that I didn't think was a colossal piece of sh*t. It seems like I'm in the minority but personally I don't care if it goes floorless or not. I like it now, I'll probably like it as a floorless too.

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My opinions about the coasters at Carowinds are pretty much the opposite of everyone else's. For example, I didn't think Fury was all that great. Maybe it was just because I rode in the back half every time, but it felt very rattley. The first drop was great, but everything else just seemed kind of pointless. There were very little forces, it was mostly just about going fast. Afterburn was awesome and I thought it was tied with Fury for best coaster in the park. Intimidator was really nice and I really liked it for some reason. I think it's better than Goliath at SFoG. Vortex was my first stand up, and I really enjoyed it. I rode in the front seat... or whatever you call it... and it was decently smooth and the headbanging wasn't too bad. Nighthawk was good too. I didn't think it was rough and I actually liked it more than the B&M flyer I've ridden (S:UF at SFoG) because of the more creative layout.

 

(Carolina Cobra and Hurler sucked as expected though)

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I feel like people exaggerate the whole B&M rattle thing so much, but I have to say I could only ride Fury a few times in a row because it was so jarring to my brain.

 

I can ride the roughest craziest wooden coasters without issue but can't handle too much of a new B&M giga due to rattle ...go figure.

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Yes, people really do over exaggerate on B&M rattles. Its amongst some of the biggest nitpicking that I've seen for any coasters period. Its not a big deal, and it doesn't take away from the ride experience. I rode Fury 8 times this past month, and although I did notice a rattle in some of the right end seat (minus front and back row), it didn't make the ride worse than I previously thought.

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I feel like people exaggerate the whole B&M rattle thing so much, but I have to say I could only ride Fury a few times in a row because it was so jarring to my brain.

 

I can ride the roughest craziest wooden coasters without issue but can't handle too much of a new B&M giga due to rattle ...go figure.

Strangely enough I have experienced the same thing. I've ridden extremely rough rides and only three have given me headaches, one of which was gatekeeper (in 2013). I used to think people were making this rattle issue up and so I was extremely surprised when that happened to me. I still consider most B&Ms very smooth, though. I find it amazing how I've ridden 20 year old B&Ms which were as smooth as it gets and perhaps that's why I find it odd that there have been these reports on some of their newer rides.

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Fury rattled a bit on that first low hill, but other than that it was glass smooth and the little bit of rattle wasn't enough to detract from the ride.

 

I know what people are talking about with regards to the rattle, but it's never been enough to ruin a ride for me. The only B&Ms that truly stink are the stand-ups, like the steaming pile of poop near Fury known as Vortex.

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Something people have to understand about the whole B&M rattle situation; Every ride will be different, even on the same coaster within minutes of the last ride. Sometimes all it takes is another person sitting in your row to turn a completely rough rattly ride on a certain B&M into a glass smooth one. Weight (full train vs empty), weather, temperature, maintenance, all of these things affect the ride vastly and are constantly changing.

 

In my personal experience, Fury has seldom given anything but glass smooth rides. However, even the smoothest coasters out there have their bad cycles.. Hell, I've even had a ride on maverick that had rattle!

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I can't put my thoughts into words about this topic so here is a picture of a baby. This thread really needs more babies

 

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Seriously though, if a B&M rattle is bothering, then how do you ride or enjoy any wooden coaster out there? Not directed at any single person, but I guess i just don't get it.

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Something people have to understand about the whole B&M rattle situation; Every ride will be different, even on the same coaster within minutes of the last ride. Sometimes all it takes is another person sitting in your row to turn a completely rough rattly ride on a certain B&M into a glass smooth one. Weight (full train vs empty), weather, temperature, maintenance, all of these things affect the ride vastly and are constantly changing.

 

Well said!

 

I can't put my thoughts into words about this topic so here is a picture of a baby. This thread really needs more babies

 

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Nina Kleppe actually LOVES this!

 

Almost all of my rides on Fury were in the back row... ZERO rattles! Of course, they were on the Left side mostly, so maybe that's it... Honestly, I think CPmillenia94 hit it on the head, because I have heard a rattle on other B&M's here and there sporadically, but it's certainly not the epidemic one might think from some enthusiasts!

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LMAO, that's hilarious to me, since...

A) My two-year-old daughter is currently wearing her bright orange "Just Wait Til I'm Taller!" shirt for Fury 325

B) She just got a new set of maracas as a present from her grandparents and is annoying the crap out of all of us with them

 

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For what it's worth, when I rode it on opening day 16 times, I didn't feel any "rattle" any of the times. One of the smoothest coasters I've ever been on in my life.

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