Today Carowinds invited the media out to get a look at the progress of their newest addition, Copperhead Strike, and the development of their (new again) themed area "Blue Ridge Junction" and I went on behalf of TPR. A few years back Cedar Fair decided to start pumping investments into Carowinds, as the park is in a viable market that they can take advantage of. Over the past few years the park has grown. From installing the award winning Fury 325, vastly expanding the water park to adding 8 flat rides over the course of 2 years, Cedar fair is proving how committed they are to making Carowinds a flagship park.
Another sign of that commitment is Copperhead Strike! Let's get to some tidbits shall we . . .
- As far as thematic elements, the entire area will be playing up on the farm theme.
- We will be seeing veggies (especially corn
) growing throughout the area as well as. . . Copperheads!
- Granny's jam factory will have a presence in the area but the team haven't made the decision on everything as far as speciality items (food, souvenirs).
- There will be a small show scene inside the barn. For those of you who are familiar with the area, the park installed a much improved version of their ladder climb game in 2017. Well, they purposely placed it in it's location (directly in front of the barn) so you couldn't see directly into it (the barn).
- There will be a HUGE gas fireplace built directly to the left (if you're looking at it) of said ladder climb. This will be perfect for those winterfest nights.
- It's interesting how the launch system works. On COpperhead Strike (and i'm sure on other launch coasters) the coal is to have it operate at the highest efficiency point. The actual speed of the launch will depend on the weight of the train at that time. They will test and tweak the launch system with water dummies at different weights. The initial test will be with the dummies weighing 170lbs each as that is the standard weight of adults. Then they will raise the weight to 220lbs each to see how that will effect the launch. From there, will be able to provide a near perfect ride, each time, regardless of the train is full or not.
- The expansion of Country Kitchen will allow for dual serving lines and one of the main featured dishes will be rotisserie chicken made right there in the restaurant!
- There are a lot of foundations on this coaster. Coming in at 230, it surpasses Fury and Intimidators 170 and 180.
- The onride photo section location is yet to be determine. It has been narrowed down to two spots (don't quote me lol) which are after the first vertical look and before the top hat element.
- As far as a light package, I wouldn't expect anything like hangtime. While no decision has been made, I would bet my money on some spotlights, if anything.
Now, before we get to the pictures . . . some people have noticed Rip Roaring Rapids (the park's raft water ride) has been omitted from the ride list on the website. Well, that was no oversight and very intentional! Needless to say, the future is looking brighter (and wetter
) For the park.
Thanks for reading and on to the pictures!