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Just thought I'd bring this account out of the woodwork and confirm that Cedar Fair has indeed quietly moved their headquarters to their Charlotte office. A few corporate departments remain in Sandusky but majority of them have transferred to NC.

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19 hours ago, CarolinaCoaster said:

Just thought I'd bring this account out of the woodwork and confirm that Cedar Fair has indeed quietly moved their headquarters to their Charlotte office. A few corporate departments remain in Sandusky but majority of them have transferred to NC.

Being further away from parks like MIA and VF now they will have an excuse why they forget about them lol 

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Pretty awesome days yesterday and Friday at the park.  Friday crowds were nonexistent because of the slight rain, and yesterday was a bit windy, but great weather overall.  Fury and Intimidator were closed most of yesterday because of the wind, but I was able to sneak in two rides on Intimidator during periods of being open, and able to ride Fury Friday night, so no biggie there.  I was very pleasantly surprised with Copperhead Strike, and really enjoyed that.  Also a plus that it and Afterburn stayed running in the cold and high winds, and were right next to each other so I could keep going back and forth lol. I didn't know what to expect being so early in the season, but the only major coaster still down was Nighthawk with no train even on the track yet.  But such is life, and as a first time visitor, I really enjoyed this park. I definitely hope to be back sooner rather than later.  

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Friday was also my first time to this park, and I thought it was great. Nighthawk was the only one I didn't get on. Fury, Afterburn, and Copperhead Strike are all awesome. Harmony Hall had some great food too. Really impressed with Carowinds.

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Do you think that Hurler will eventually get some kind of conversion (be it Titan Tracking from GCI, or some kind of RMC conversion) or will it be scrapped entirely? 

And is it as rough as SFoG's GASM?

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No more GASM jokes. That guy has a bunch of new wood this year. 

Hurler isn't that rough. Not that bad of a coaster. However, the RMC conversion of Huler is much better and would be cool to have one or a similar refurb at Carowinds. 

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Both Hurlers was neutered in 2010 (Intimidators added) except for a brief period when the trims were turned off in Carolina after retracking. Before that it was a good but not great, and frequently rough coaster. It did look great in 2019, with lots of new wood and nice trains, but they've got to let it fly free and pay the cost -- at least they don't have other woodies to maintain. It could still be reprofiled to be a lot better.

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I keep seeing a rumor that the whole crossroads section is going to get gutted and rethemed. A bunch of new rides  including a disco, NebulaZ and chance freestyle. New quick food options, a new bar and moving afterburns entrance into this area. I have heard it from a few outlets but I am sourcing a park fans image since it looks very legit

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One of the rides are already on site a chance wipeout) and the area should have a flight theme.  I love how they are actually emphasizing the theme aspect of the areas vs just throwing in rides.  Guess it's easy to theme a park with such rich history.  The park said, long ago, that the people have spoken and the people want more flats and that is what they seem to be installing now.  It went from a handful to this.  I am impressed.

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Speaking of the park’s flat rides, I was at the park today for my first time (far exceeded my expectations and the crowds were pretty low even with a bunch of school groups) and noticed that the park runs their Zephyr (Wave Swinger) and Windseeker much slower than other parks.  Wind seeker was down when I first arrived but started running around 2:30 and it didn’t even look like the cars were swinging out to an angle like the others I have been on.  Is this some sort of rule in the Carolinas?  Just found it odd.

Other observations:  Fury 325 is every bit as good as everyone says.  Truly a “world class” coaster.  Intimidator was also amazing.  Not sure why it doesn’t get as much love as other B&M hypers.  I loved the second drop that sort of twists on the way down and the floater airtime was great.  Hurler was garbage.  Sorry to be so blunt there, but wow, there was nothing redeeming about this ride at all.  I’d say the same about Vortex.  It seems to take 3-4 minutes to adjust each train, so stacking happens every time.  The ride is also just not much fun.  Nighthawk was down as the train seemed to be in pieces Fury.  And I am so glad I wandered through Camp Snoopy as I totally forgot they had the old Mack Sea Storm from Canada’s Wonderland. Such a fun ride that I wish more parks had.  Oh yeah, Copperhead Strike was awesome too.  The pre launch “barn” reminded me of Mystic Timbers shed, and I loved the chickens!  😂  

Overall the park was very nicely maintained, the employees were having fun with April Fools Day, and there is a nice collection of rides and attractions.  I honestly can’t wait to go back again!  

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^ yeah that Sea Storm is amazing isn't it?

Very much like Cedar Downs (at CP). . it only LOOKS like a kiddie ride :)

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^ The kids at the park seemed to really enjoy Peanuts Pirates.  There was a young girl with her mom that was laughing and smiling the whole time.  That’s what amusement parks are all about!  
 

I remember Darien Lake had a Sea Storm that was replaced with the S&S tower, Marineland had (has?) one but I don’t think the cars rotate, and BGW had the best one I had ever ridden with a fancy fountain in the center and a program that ended with all the cars pointed towards the fountain resulting in spinning sideways.  I can’t handle a lot of spinning rides anymore, but this one I can ride all day!

And finally, I think Europa Park has one that you rotate yourself.  Now that is an awesome concept!

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confirmed the one at Marineland doesn't rotate the cars . it was still fun tho when we rode it in 2018

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^ I remember the one at Tivoli in Copenhagen, being pretty aggressive in it's cycle. Only rode it once and that was e-nough!

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On 4/1/2022 at 9:46 PM, BitterOldHag said:

Speaking of the park’s flat rides, I was at the park today for my first time (far exceeded my expectations and the crowds were pretty low even with a bunch of school groups) and noticed that the park runs their Zephyr (Wave Swinger) and Windseeker much slower than other parks.  Wind seeker was down when I first arrived but started running around 2:30 and it didn’t even look like the cars were swinging out to an angle like the others I have been on.  Is this some sort of rule in the Carolinas?  Just found it odd.

This has been a thorn in my flesh since year 2 of them being installed in 2016. lol Zephyr's programming is so horrible. Its the shortest ride I have ever been on, on a wave swinger. Is def slower than the other and it literally struggles it just shoots straight up trying to gain speed while in the teeter totter position. As soon as it gets going it comes back down.  Flat rise cycles at Carowinds have always been the downside. I know its for capacity and all but can we enjoy the ride we stood in line for. Electro Spin has been NEURTERED is very slow compared to Samurai at Lagoon and Shockwave at Canada's Wonderland. Knott's programming is tired  so I didn't ride it when I visited. END OF RANT lol

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Are there any good hotels an easy walk away from Carowinds?
Because I'm planning on flying in, then getting an uber to a hotel and then going to Carowinds from there

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Springhill is closest and the official hotel.  Comfort Inn at the park is also an easy walk.  All others are across a fairly busy 5+ lane road.  Springhill is newer and nicer, but the Comfort Inn has always been fine for us.  Comfort Inn is directly next to a gas station and Wendys that can be helpful at night after the park closes, too.

 

 

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1 minute ago, sauce said:

Are there any good hotels an easy walk away from Carowinds?
Because I'm planning on flying in, then getting an uber to a hotel and then going to Carowinds from there

Yes, both the Springhill Suites on site and the Comfort Inn across the road from the parking lot are good, affordable, and within walking distance to the front gate.

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