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2 1/2 days at Carowinds seems about 1 1/2 days too many, even if walking with a cane. Your rides will be nearly, and sometimes literally, walk-on with Fastlane Plus. Hilton Head, SC is a pretty short drive from Carowinds. I'd choose (I did) to spend the extra 1 1/2 days there.

 

As far as Manhattan goes; we walked more in our two days in NYC than we did our whole ten day trip last summer. If you're concerned about mobility issues you should probably have your uber/lift app on lock. But, it's going to take a while to travel that way considering NYC traffic.

 

We made it a personal point to book out cabin far away from Pigeon Forge when we were in that area. It didn't seem like anything other than a massive ugly tourist trap to us. We went to downtown Gaitlinburg a couple times for dinner. It's 'less' of a tourist trap.

 

We didn't enjoy Dollywood much, since we couldn't relax with a couple beers in the evenings. As a result, when we went back to close the park out for the last few hours we pregamed with too much moonshine. I still remember the quote from a super nice cheerful middle aged woman checking our Wild Eagle restraints. "Ya'll been havin fun. I can smell it." Fun indeed.

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Rides have been testing and lots of credible people are openly sharing it. I believe it. It's ballsy for Cedar Fair considering the fact that North Carolina is having a rise in cases (not because goin

The event has been live for like not even 5 hours.  Eeesh give people some time.

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I hope Coaster Campout comes back this year. I'm pretty sure they announced it in January with all the other events last year. It was a lot of fun.

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ok. . . booked!

 

we are going to be at Carowinds mid June.

 

we're going to be staying onsite, as with the Marriott Bonvoy perks I get, + the discount for booking with a pass? the room was only ~$135 / night, so not bad at all. And it has the added benefit of being literally across the parking lot from the park, so the Spouse can either go back to the room - or hang on the patio which faces the park, if he gets worn out and needs to rest. We also get the benefit of free onsite parking, so won't have to worry about parking in the lot, as we'll be walking to the park from the hotel.

 

I'm waiting for feedback from the park on a question I sent them before purchasing actual admission, but as it stands now, likely I'll be purchasing a Silver Season Pass (good thru Labor Day), and we'll get Nick a 2day admission thru Club TPR benefits

 

That way when we arrive on Weekend, we can check into hotel and I can go to park for a few hours to process my pass (while he rests from the full travel day). The next day we'll head to NASCAR Museum and then out to the racetrack. . . hitting anything else interesting while were out and about in Charlotte area. . and then when we get back in the evening he'll likely nap and I'll head to the park for a few evening rides via my pass, since it's open till 10pm.

 

then we have a full day in the park with both of us - as it's a weekday, hoping won't need Fastlane, but willing to buy it if it looks even slightly crowded, so he wont' have to wait for me much.

 

final day, we'll head back to the park from 10am until ~2pm. . and then it's time to head to the airport to return the rental car for our flight back home.

 

so just a fairly quick trip, but we're cramming a lot in.

 

the reason I'm looking at getting him 2 day admission is because he WON'T want to go all 4 days (which I'll want to do), and this way he can choose what day he wants to go with me besides the full day. But again, might just make more sense to buy him a pass too.

 

but yay. . I get to go back to Carowinds, and fingers crossed, get some good rides on Copperhead Strike, and many rides on Fury 325.

 

if anyone is gonna be around and wants to meet up in Early/Mid June. . reach out. Could always use a riding buddy, since Nick will ride *very* few of the coasters with me. (likely he's only game for Caroline Goldrusher, Hurler, the Wild Mouse, and Woodstock).

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Tomorrow was supposed to be Carowinds Season Pass Member Preview Day. Obviously that's been cancelled, but you can still virtually ride Fury 325 (and all of their other coasters!) on our YouTube channel! I'll be sharing videos for the next few weeks based on what should have been park opening days, season pass days, etc.

 

Who was planning to go?

 

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I wonder if carowinds will add a dry water ride like this? I know that many of you think that dry water rides are really not needed in theme parks anymore but I have to disagree. I still think their are many people out their that still would love to go on dry water rides. Like why are we seeing Mystic River Falls being built at Silver Dollar City even though it won’t be opening anytime soon due to the virus. But many people still like these rides especially in southern states where it gets extremely hot. I personally think the coaster/water ride hybrid is a good idea and they should start cloning in other parks in the USA. We are seeing dry water rides excel in other international parks overseas not so much in the USA.

 

 

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Welcome to insanity, welcome to the longest off-season ever.

 

I'll typically say lets enjoy this season before speculating about the future additions to the park. But I think that carries more weight than ever now. Lets worry about 2020 happening before we start speculating on rides that probably won't happen ever. Or if they do, probably not till 2023 at the earliest as companies try to recover from a possible lost season.

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I wonder if carowinds will add a dry water ride like this? I know that many of you think that dry water rides are really not needed in theme parks anymore but I have to disagree. I still think their are many people out their that still would love to go on dry water rides. Like why are we seeing Mystic River Falls being built at Silver Dollar City even though it won’t be opening anytime soon due to the virus. But many people still like these rides especially in southern states where it gets extremely hot. I personally think the coaster/water ride hybrid is a good idea and they should start cloning in other parks in the USA. We are seeing dry water rides excel in other international parks overseas not so much in the USA.

 

 

Carowinds just got a Launched coaster in Copperhead Strike. No need for a second. Why not convert Vortex to a floorless, convert Hurler to a RMC, get a good GCI or Gravity Group wooden coaster. A launched coaster is the last thing they need at this point.

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I wonder if carowinds will add a dry water ride like this?

 

I think Disney Texas will get one first.

 

Why not convert Vortex to a floorless, convert Hurler to a RMC, get a good GCI or Gravity Group wooden coaster.

 

Any or all of these options would be great. And/or a Railblazer/WW clone or a 4D Free Spin.

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Since all parks are closed and we really have nothing better to do, I may as well speculate too. Carowinds is a fun park to speculate because Cedar Fair has invested greatly in this park, and you can likely count on new additions pretty frequently.

 

I really think Carowinds' next coaster addition should be a GCI along the lines of Mystic Timbers. Neither Kings Dominion nor SFOG have modern wooden coasters, so it would be a nice fit for the park and the surrounding area. It can definitely be different than Thunderhead and Lightning Rod (and Dollywood as a whole is just WAY different than Carowinds).

 

RMC Hurler would also be cool, but Carowinds is surrounded by parks with awesome RMC coasters: SFOG, KD, and Dollywood. Of course it is still possible and that doesn't really mean anything, but I imagine it would have to stand out from the rest. I also think a B&M Dive could work really well.

 

In terms of removals, I don't think Nighthawk has many years left. I am actually surprised it outlived Firehawk given that it is the prototype model and is one year older. I also think Vortex will either get removed or Floorless-ified in the next couple years. Both of those coasters leaving could open up a lot of space in the center/front of the park. Who knows...

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Great news! I am not much of a water park person, but I am very glad we decided to stop by Carolina Harbor when we were at Carowinds last June. Aside from the cool views of Copperhead Strike, it is HUGE (compared to my home Knott's Soak City) and my sisters and I had a blast. A giant mat racer is the perfect fit.

 

Hopefully guests can ride it this summer...

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Oh, that looks super sweet. Mat racers are my daughter's favorite type of waterslide, so I'm sure she'll be really happy once we get back down there. Hopefully the next time around we'll actually be able to carve out some time for the waterpark portion of Carowinds, since last time we got hit hard by rain during our trip -- we ended up making the drive up to Great Wolf Lodge that day instead and getting some daypasses there, which was fine, but obviously not what we were hoping for.

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Here's an interesting interview with Pat Jones, the VP of Carowinds. The main takeaway is this part where she discusses her desire to make the park a year-round park.

 

In November, Carowinds extended its season for three weekends. “Peanuts Celebration”—rooted in Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the “Peanuts” characters—utilizes the existing Camp Snoopy children’s area and the entire park.

 

“We want to be the entertainment choice for all seasons,” Jones says, hinting a year-round operation for Carowinds is plausible. “One of my longer-term goals—if I get a chance to rule that part of the world—we would go year-round because it would make a lot of things easier.”

 

A year-round operation schedule would limit the need for post-season teardown or preopening prep. Yet, Jones concedes winter weather, ride maintenance, and adding heat to existing infrastructure are all concerns.

 

Step one would be not closing the park for cold weather when it's 55 degrees and Fury not having a startup temperature of approximately 107 degrees while the rest of us laugh from the Nitro and Raging Bull queues in December.

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I'm still hoping we get an announcement of when they will reopen and what restrictions might be.

 

we're still planning on going in late July, but we haven't purchased tix yet, as getting them from the on-site Hotel. I'm waiting for the dates, before I call the hotel to confirm there won't be any issues - you know - actually getting into the park, as we're staying "on site".

 

not complaining, just explaining. . .LOL. . . eagerly waiting for dates to be announced!

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I believe they said July 27th is the opening day

 

if that IS the case? that would kind of suck. . . will have to keep eye on it.

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I have seen some articles saying July 27th, but I have seen other articles like this one (updated today), that say June 29th. So not sure what to believe at this point. Kind of challenging when both NC and SC have to give the green light.

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Here's an interesting interview with Pat Jones, the VP of Carowinds. The main takeaway is this part where she discusses her desire to make the park a year-round park.

 

Step one would be not closing the park for cold weather when it's 55 degrees and Fury not having a startup temperature of approximately 107 degrees while the rest of us laugh from the Nitro and Raging Bull queues in December.

Totally agree. I'd love to see Carowinds be the Knott's Berry Farm of the East Coast!

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The South Carolina side of the park is gonna open today at 3pm, North Carolina side will remain closed until late August. Intimadator, Afterburn, and Copperhead Strike are all a go but for Fury you have to board the train while it's moving after the first turn then get off before it crosses back over the entry plaza.....

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