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Sort simple and to the point, pictures coming soon!

 

Hey guys, today was opening day, and I went for my birthday ( although its March 28th ). It was very interesting.

 

So we got there around 10:40 am. After scarfing down 2 breakfast burritos I bought my season pass. We head into the park to first look at the new Nighthawk sign. The Nighthawk logo is good...except for its just on a white back ground. Plus the Borg ball and music are gone, so its just another unthemed coaster.

 

So first, my friends make me go on Vortex. The first ride was painful. second ride, best ride I have ever had on it. It has gotten better. Then we headed over to Carolina Cyclone, had a great ride in the back, I am riding there from now on. Then we ran over to the hurler. I had a brain explosion..lol. Hurler needs some major TLC. The Drop Zone letters are gone, BUT NOTHING IS IN ITS PLACE! Its a big steel grid with the faded stunt tower words below it. Then we went to lunch at Wings. It was really good. I had the pizza, pudding and a coke. They replaced the background of the ladder climbing thing also.

 

Then we head over to the new Yo-Yo ride. GREAT ADDITION! It's not extremely fast like the flyers, but its really awesome. Your chair rocks back and forth, awesome and great needed flat ride. I talked to a lady in front of Boomerang Bay about the expansion. She gave me a listing of the prices for the cabanas..wow you need a big wallet for these. Unless your a passholder. You get 30% and then after a time 20%. Prices start at like $50.00 or something.

 

Then we head to Top Gun...sorry..Afterburn. THERES NO SIGN LIKE DROP ZONE! No sign indicating what its called. We rode Top Gun / Afterburn about 4-5 times today. It was running great. Then we rode rides over again. One of the employees doing caricatures told me they are going to officially change the green to purple on Borg.

 

I bought a Carowinds shot glass and then went home. Overall it was a fun day. I passed the camera when CN2 ( A Rock Hill, South Carolina news channel) was there. So look for the kid in the Borg shirt.

 

By the way, if your a kid on these forums, you were wearing a green jacket and on Afterburn yelled, fat kid coming through!, you also talked about Top Thrill Dragster then I was the kid in the Borg shirt you rode with. I wanted to get a Afterburn shirt but the gift shops had none and were closed so yeah.

 

Pictures coming soon

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here are the pictures:

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this a model of the cabanas they are showing off in front of the waterpark

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Me with a trash can.

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They have redone the action theater

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Yo yo! YoYo!

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One of my favorite flats at the park.

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The new yoyo ride

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a cyclone shot

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Not sure fi this is a new cart or its just been moved.

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Gateway to pain..

It wasn't that bad yesterday actually.

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Pepsi Oasis sound familiar...just messing. I think they removed the big coke bottle in the middle here, not sure when or why.

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The saturator was looking good! I am guessing a new coat of paint

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me after the hurler

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I am not sure if this is a new train or just a repainted train. I did not get to ride on it though.

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the new Jukebox diner thingamajig

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more Nighthawk

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the new nighthawk sign

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The Super Saturator was rumored to close this year. However it wont close this year. It will operate on the waterpark's schedule.

 

They took out the Whirling Dervish ( the wave swinger. ) A long time ago. This area then was a flight training school zipline thing. Then it was a scarowinds maze for a few years.

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Wave Swinger(Whirlin' Dervish) was removed after the 2000, and sent to CGA where it reopened in 2001. I don't believe there is any truth to the Saturator rumors, I believe that someone got confused when they were the ride would closed early in 2007.

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^ the Hurler, is my favorite wooden ride at Carowinds, manly because it is rough, but rather than fix the rough part of the ride. i would prefer to see it operate without problems. Yesterday on my second ride on the hurler they were already have to fix it

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^Mind you I don't hate Hurler. I love it because its an out of control ride. I hate Vortex, not Hurler. I would just like some new trains, I think the red one is new right? I just think it need a rehab and better operations. Its getting a little too rough, I can take it rough cause I know its supposed to be an out of control rough ride. I think it just needs a rehab.

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Really? Its retracked twice? Huh, I did not know that.

 

Ah thanks, I knew it was probably repainted. I think we can put new trains on our wishlist in 2009. That wont happen though. I would not mind if we took out vortex for something new also.

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They need alot of money into it though. Maybe it is alot better but still alot better for Hurler is still not the best.

 

Let me put it this way. They could put millions of dollars to "improve" Hurler, or they could take that same amount of money, scrap Hurler and get a nice Renegade clone. Neither of which will be happening anytime soon I suspect.

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I say for 2009 there are a few options

 

1. Add new trains and try try try to improve Hurler.

2. Scrap Hurler, put in a GCI wood coaster.

3. Scrap Vortex and put in a flat ride or a B&M floorless

4. Put in a Hyper in that extra parking lot space.

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I don't know why you hate Vortex. It's one of the best B&M Stand-ups. I really like it and find it smooth and fun. It could only suck if you stand wrong or don't lean into the turns.

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