Carowinds invited the media out on wed to give a live progress report of the highly anticipated Carolina Harbor water park expansion at Carowinds. The media was invited on a walking tour of all things Carolina Harbor, the new and the old. Not going to be much on words so i'm just gonna lay out some tidbits.
-This will be the largest water park (acreage wise) in the Carolinas.
-White Water West is providing all of the new hardware.
-The park has a self appointed deadline of may 1st to have everything ready and complete for inspection, certification and to get everything trained for the area.
-The older slides have painted supports because they are not galvanized steel as the newer slides are (hence why the older slides have painted supports and the slide duo complex of 13 and next years slide complex will not be painted.
-The bucket atop Seaside Splashworks is custom designed (as their is no "standard" size bucket) and intricately weighted to properly tilt and swing back and forth with little to no stress on the structure.
-The park is still looking to see what, if any, (live) entertainment product they will have inside Carolina Harbor.
I also asked about the about the lazy river, if it will ever be expanded. From the gist of things, it would be more feasible and financially sound to add an additional lazy river than to add on to the current.
Ok . . . on to the photos.
The lot of full with slide parts.
One of the larger props for Seaside Splashworks
In case you were wondering who was providing the hardware . . .
On ground level, these buckets are huge!
Cant wait to see it all put together . . .
Starting early for scarowinds lol . . .
If I were a betting man . . . I would bet these are part of the constrictor slide.
Speaking of . . .This will surely be the highlight for thrillseekers!
The park is gonna be finish far before may 1st if they keep this up.
This duo complex came in 2013 . . .Provided by proslides (The park generally works with proslides and whitewater. I asked about polin . . . they seem to not have ever heard about them).
The current slides all got a new paint job/scheme.
There once was a large deck area over here that no one used. (Now that i'm thinking of it . . . i'm not too sure if the mini golf was still there.
This large area is where the Seaside Splashworks will be located.
More new paint jobs . . .
The element under the yellow umbrella will be gone in favor of a newer, cooler element for the kids.
In addition, the current splash treehouse has received some paint to go with its new Pirates landing theme.
This current family restroom/changing area is being expanded to offer 5 more family restrooms!
The new colors REALLY have breathed life into this once hum drum looking complex.
The now old wave pool . . .
This will be the site of the new Harmony Hall style restaurant, Harbor House, featuring what would be some of the best food you can get in a theme park. The seating will be outdoors as opposed to the indoors of Harmony Hall since most people would be still wanting to enjoy the sun.
Now we are looking onto the site of what will be the new wave pool, Surf Club Harbor.
But first, lets look at the awesome color scheme of Storm Surge.
This will be the new pump house. I "heard" this pool will be the wilder one while the current one will be a little more mild.
In addition to the new Carolina Harbor exclusive entrance there will also be a new Bathhouse near as you enter it.
Lets take one last look at Blackbeard's Revenge before heading out.
Overall I see this expansion being as big as Fury325 on the scale of bringing more guest into the park and I cannot WAIT for it to open! Also, the park has a dedicated website . . . HERE
. . . with live webcams and other exclusive content!