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Carowinds app was useless. It said "Let's go! No line" for every ride I checked all day even when Intimidator's queue was out to the entrance sign and Fury 325 was probably at 90 minutes. Luckily we got multiples on Fury, Intimidator, and Afterburn with our longest wait being about 30 minutes. We have Platinum passes so we bailed around 2:30 when the lines were getting ridiculous.

 

We also have platinum dining passes so I opted for the ribs at Harmony Hall. They were not as good as the smokehouse at BGW, but not bad for a theme park. We walked through Camp Snoopy on our way to Afterburn and it looks really good, best looking area of the park IMO.

 

I guess I will echo some of the above sentiments and say that as someone who just wants to ride coasters, this park is Fury, Intimidator and Afterburn and not much else. I wanted to ride Goldrusher for nostalgia reasons (it's been over 30 years), but the line was crazy by the time we thought about it. My one ride on Hurler convinced me Carowinds should RMC that one and get a new woodie. Fury 325 is probably my new favorite. I thought I preferred more compact inverts with lots of inversions, but this coaster changed my mind. I'm sure I will be making trips to Carowinds a few times this year just for Fury and Afterburn.

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I'm in the minority, but the fact that Carowinds has the big three and not much more doesn't bother me. This is because the park has a great vibe and the atmosphere is great. It allows me to have a beer and relax without being torn between rides. The park has come a long way since it had the "big 1," being Top Gun. We've all become spoiled.

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I wouldn't say I get a "Six Flags vibe" from Carowinds, but my kids and I just went a couple weeks ago, and all of us just came away feeling like coaster-wise, it's really Fury-winds, and then some other stuff. Afterburn and Marginalized: The Coaster are both solid, but beyond that... Meh. That's why I think if this next addition is a large and thrilling coaster, it's certainly something the park could use as Cedar Fair continues to try and bolster its position in the Southeast. Here's hoping!

Fury-winds

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I'm honestly not the biggest fan of Carowinds, my experiences there have felt like it's more a Six Flags park with a Cedar Fair name.

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Carowinds isn’t that nice. It’s Fury and Afterburn you go for and everything else is pretty lackluster imo.

The attractions may be lackluster, but the overall atmosphere of the park doesn't remind me of Six Flags at all. The rides blend in well with the shaded scenery and I like the park's atmosphere. I enjoy the mixture of the very modern entrance plaza and main street followed my Carolina charm throughout a large portion of the park. I also like the park's small size. Beer man's rocking chairs are a nice added touch in my book.

 

I hope the new roller coaster will round our the selection nicely between Afterburn, Intimidator, Fury, and whatever this thing is going to be.

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I'm honestly not the biggest fan of Carowinds, my experiences there have felt like it's more a Six Flags park with a Cedar Fair name.

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Carowinds isn’t that nice. It’s Fury and Afterburn you go for and everything else is pretty lackluster imo.

The attractions may be lackluster, but the overall atmosphere of the park doesn't remind me of Six Flags at all. The rides blend in well with the shaded scenery and I like the park's atmosphere. I enjoy the mixture of the very modern entrance plaza and main street followed my Carolina charm throughout a large portion of the park. I also like the park's small size. Beer man's rocking chairs are a nice added touch in my book.

 

I hope the new roller coaster will round our the selection nicely between Afterburn, Intimidator, Fury, and whatever this thing is going to be.

 

The atmosphere is terrible. Everything is plopped in the middle of nowhere.

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Cedar Fair is largely investing in Carowinds. Fury 325 has completely revitalized the park and has made a gargantuan impact on the industry, as well as the Charlotte community. With the recent announcement for the Spring Hill Suites Charlotte Carowinds, and the strong possibility of another coaster to come in 2019. Carowinds seems like the southern optimum of Cedar Fair.

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I think Carowinds is beyond just Fury 325 and Afterburn. Intimidator is a very good coaster. It is one of the better hypers out there. I don't have a problem with Hurler or Nighthawk. Neither are an elite coaster but I will ride them. They also have quite a few options for family coasters. The park is clean and with the rumor of them getting a launch coaster in 2019, they are a wooden roller coaster away from having a line-up that could match up to most parks.

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The attractions may be lackluster, but the overall atmosphere of the park doesn't remind me of Six Flags at all. The rides blend in well with the shaded scenery and I like the park's atmosphere. I enjoy the mixture of the very modern entrance plaza and main street followed my Carolina charm throughout a large portion of the park. I also like the park's small size. Beer man's rocking chairs are a nice added touch in my book.

 

The atmosphere is terrible. Everything is plopped in the middle of nowhere.

Uh, I think I must have visited the same park as Zach as opposed to this mystical "plop in the middle of nowhere" one you visited. I thought it was a nice park -- perhaps not as nice as some of the other Cedar Fair parks but still a wonderful park to walk around, ride, and relax. But IDK man, you do you I guess.

 

I'm really looking forward to getting back down there later this month. It's been over a year since my last and only visit, and I'm planning on taking my time rather than rushing to credit-whore everything in the park.

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Carowinds is now my home park. I am originally from Cincinnati where KI was my home park as a kid/teenager. It took me some time to appreciate Carowinds since it wasn't on the level of KI and KD, but once I started going and researching it's history, I found that it has a unique charm (southern?) all it's own.

 

If you were to visit carowindsearlyyears.com you will see that it had just as much impact (historically) on anyone that grew up in Charlotte as much as any other parks did for their respective time. A lot of folks that are true Charlotteans (made up word) have a very special place in their heart for this park and I, for one am glad CF sees potential in it enough to make sizable investments.

 

Ride On!

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The atmosphere is terrible. Everything is plopped in the middle of nowhere.

 

Well that's like... your opinion, man.

 

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Also, out of my three visits to Charlotte, we've encountered some of the most friendly and hospitable people we've ever encountered on trips. We experienced this anywhere from the employees at local commodities stores, to restaurant wait staff, hotel staff, and any of the people we contact in the general public. The racial divide appears to be exponentially less than my hometown of the St. Louis burbs.

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I've got a couple weeks until my Carowinds stop on the way to the Atlantic ocean. Unlike last year, I'm going to spend more than 2 hours at the park

 

If the weather is warm enough, I'm definitely going to check out the water park. Looks great!

 

For those who enjoy BBQ - check out Mac's Speed Shop not too far from Carowinds.

http://www.macspeedshop.com/southend/

 

Excellent beer selection, great smoked wings that don't even need sauce, and a variety of delicious fried things.

http://www.macspeedshop.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MacsMenuWeb.pdf

 

Last year it was bumpin' on a Friday night. You know you're in for good food when there are 50+ motorcycles parked out front. Looking forward to making a stop back there after my Carowinds run!

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Mac's Speed Shop is tits. We have one in Greensboro that I can walk to. Best wings in town and killer beer selection. If we didn't have platinum dining passes we would have gone there to eat on our recent trip.

 

The one on Sandy Porter Rd. Is closer if you're going from the park to lunch: http://www.macspeedshop.com/steele-creek/

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Mac's Speed Shop is tits

I’m only 20 and this new slang is getting over my head

 

Sorry it is the cat's pajama's, the bee's knees, top drawer.

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Mac's Speed Shop is tits. We have one in Greensboro that I can walk to. Best wings in town and killer beer selection. If we didn't have platinum dining passes we would have gone there to eat on our recent trip.

 

The one on Sandy Porter Rd. Is closer if you're going from the park to lunch: http://www.macspeedshop.com/steele-creek/

 

Tits! Look at that, it can be used in different ways.

 

That's the one we went to, not the one closer to downtown. I was looking at the map and kinda shrugged off the '18 minutes from Carowinds' since I couldn't remember how long it took to get here. Thanks for the link!

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Mac's Speed Shop is tits

I’m only 20 and this new slang is getting over my head

 

Tits = wonderful. Context clues!

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I, for one, haven't been bothered by the Carowinds criticism in the thread, since it basically matches my experience. I thought Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair, and Dorney had a better atmosphere. It was my least favorite Cedar Fair park until a particularly lackluster visit to Dorney. That said, it's clearly one of those CF parks that has improved a ton since my visit.

 

And I didn't realize "top drawer" was ever used as general slang. That's the name of a boutique near me, and it always throws me off because it doesn't stick in my mind or really fit what the store is like to me.

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I've got a couple weeks until my Carowinds stop on the way to the Atlantic ocean. Unlike last year, I'm going to spend more than 2 hours at the park

 

If the weather is warm enough, I'm definitely going to check out the water park. Looks great!

 

For those who enjoy BBQ - check out Mac's Speed Shop not too far from Carowinds.

http://www.macspeedshop.com/southend/

 

Excellent beer selection, great smoked wings that don't even need sauce, and a variety of delicious fried things.

http://www.macspeedshop.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MacsMenuWeb.pdf

 

Last year it was bumpin' on a Friday night. You know you're in for good food when there are 50+ motorcycles parked out front. Looking forward to making a stop back there after my Carowinds run!

 

Charlotte honestly has so many great restaurants. I really miss living there sometimes - agree on Mac's, great place!

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