Discussion in 'Other U.S. Theme Parks' started by cwgator, May 24, 2015.
Yeah, I spent a big chunk of my youth on Thunder Road. Sad to see it go.
I was lucky enough to ride it the weekend before it closed. One of the smoothest woodies I've ever ridden!
Really? I have to say its the roughest ride I've been in ever. Literally gave me a headache the last 5 years. I know they did work on it towards the end but it was still pretty bad in my opinion. But still, Man I hate to lose this one.
That's strange indeed. I was suffering from severe motion sickness that day and it is the only coaster that actually made me feel better. Funny thing isn't it? But yes, a shame indeed! Far too few good woodies left in the world today.
With the advent of hybrids we are going to see a lot more good 'wooden' coasters but as far as traditional goes, the good ones are few and far between.
That being said, Hersheypark has the best wood coaster lineup I know of with all three (four if you count the racer twice) being solid.
Coming to Carowinds 2016: Carolina Harbor.
Included in the expansion:
* Surf Club Harbor (new wave pool)
* Blackbeard's Revenge (6 slide complex featuring drop slides)
* Seaside Splashworks (water play fortress)
* Myrtle Turtle Beach & Kiddy Hawk Cove ( children's splash pad & pool)
* Harbor House (restaurant)
* 5 sand volleyball courts
* New bathouse, concessions & cabanas
* Water Park Entrance (for those not wanting to lug their stuff through the main park)
Also new for 2016:
* A 3,000 sf Starbucks
* Cirque Imagine (Acrobat show) in Carowinds Theater.
* Something related to Plants vs. Zombies (more info coming in Oct.)
Myrtle Turtle Beach:
Kiddy Hawk Cove:
Surf Club Harbor:
New Waterpark Entrance:
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FYI: The four "new" flats were retrieved from Europe. They show footage of similar rides at Cedar Point & Kings Island for show. When this was announced many people unaware of how parks advertise thought they were getting them from those parks. Their comments may still be on youtube and FB.
The only ride (s) being removed for the new County Fair is Southern Sidewinder in Carolina Harbor Waterpark. They have completed taking the slides down, but still unsure if they will re-install elsewhere in the water park. They did take it down carefully as if it will be reused if not in the park, elsewhere. There is plenty of room over by the new wave pool and the empty plot where Thunder Road's turnaround was. There is still no work on what they are doing with the original County Fair area as of yet.
My son just rode FURY 325 yesterday, and Carowinds tweeted about him "Zach C."
He loved it. Only 8 years old, but is obviously insane when it comes to coasters.
WHOA! Looks like someone did some shopping at the theme park flea market. Well done!
Carowinds is preparing for their 2018 announcement which will be August 16th. So far there have been permits filed for the renovation of Vortex Plaza with a ride relocation and game relocation from within the park. It is presumed the moved game is the 3-Point Challenge that's currently located near the Skytower, and the Character Carousel currently in Planet Snoopy. Both will be added to Carolina Showplace/Vortex Plaza. The Carousel will be placed where a former fountain was located in the plaza.
The Carousel is the likely ride not only because of size, but because there have been markings reported all in that vicinity. The bigger picture points to other additions to Planet Snoopy for 2018. The Carousel takes up a huge area currently with it's cover building. With it removed and the area around it, they could fit 2-3 decent flat rides comfortably. There are also permits for removal/reconstruction of bathrooms in Planet Snoopy.
So far there isn't anything in the plans (shown above) about converting Vortex into a floorless coaster. However, those may be separate plans seeing as the only thing changed in the plaza would be new signage since the queue area would likely remain unchanged.
Carowinds 2018 Teasers (So Far)
Carowinds is doing 7 days of gifts that started on Snoopy's birthday (this past Thursday) and ends on Wednesday, August 16th when the official announcement takes place. As my previous post mentions, 2018 appears to be a Planet Snoopy expansion. The teasers so far also point to this as well...if not just outright obvious.
Teaser 1: Toy Bus
Which will likely be one of these:
Teaser 2: Toy Car
Likely will be one of these:
Teaser 3: Tea Party
Likely will be one of these:
Teaser 4: Kite Stuck in Tree
Obviously will be one of these:
Teaser # 5: A racing helmet.
This one has caused a wrench in what I've posted before in terms of the toy car.
This one seems more suited to the Peanuts 500
For the toy car, and going by Zamperla's rides I'm now leaning towards this one (as seen at OWA):
Camp Snoopy will be coming for the 2018 season.
I was close. Pig Pen's Dust Buggies was off and I wasn't aware of the play area. 3 rides are being removed completely and 2 moving to other areas in the park. Woodstock Whirlybirds (helicopter monorail), Snoopy's Yacht Club and Snoopy's Space Race are leaving. Character Carousel will go by Vortex and Woodstock Gliders somewhere. I think it may take Yo-Yo's spot since it's honestly just a sucky ride anyway...lol
No worries. You did great at keeping us up to date as the hints were coming in.
This morning, NBC Charlotte (and other news outlets) were on a construction tour for Camp Snoopy. During the tour it was confirmed that Woodstock Gliders (Flyers) won't be back until 2019 as part of whatever they are doing by WWF. I know this will be quite upsetting to many knowing it's popularity.
It's around the 13 minute mark. The reporter calls it Flying Ace Aerial Chase, but, it's understood what she meant as this was the area it was in.
Cedar Fair has filed a new trademark for an attraction. "Copperhead Strike". The name is fitting For Carowinds. They already have permits filed that cover a 5-acre area of the park that was once comprised of White Water Falls, Sand Dune Lagoon, and the remainder of Thunder Road's station and entrance area. It is already known that the gliders (Larson Scooters) will be placed in part of this area either later this summer, or with the 2019 attraction (s). As of now, it is assumed to be a coaster, most likely a GCI wooden, given the parks lack of a thrilling wooden coaster and current trend with Mystic Timbers (and Goldstriker added in recent years). The area is large enough for something like Mystic Timbers or even Thunderhead. There are already markers all over the area, and Sand Dune Lagoon (kiddie pool) has started to be ripped out. Most of the area was completely walled off before the season started.
This is the approximate area that is walled off for construction in red. The blue circle is bathrooms that are still on the park map. Word has it since they are in SC, they have to keep those open unless an additional bathroom is built within a reasonable distance from other attractions. I can see those being removed once Carolina Harbor closes and a new bathrooms being built elsewhere so this space can be utilized. They were only there mainly because of Sand Dune Lagoon to begin with.
Other's are hoping for a launch coaster, something else that's missing entirely since White Lightning was removed 30 years ago. There are others who think B&M Wing or Dive. Those would be less likely since we already know Canada's Wonderland is getting another large B&M. Not that it's out of the question, but Carowinds already has 4 B&M's, which is a lot compared to other parks in similar markets/size.
Here is the Trademark:
There are lots of pictures and further speculation at Carowinds Connection with more recent pics here:
(I would post them here, but since I didn't take them I'll just share a link for those interested)
2019 Rumors and Speculation - Page 40 - Carowinds Connection
According to Screamscape it's not going to be a wooden coaster. I don't know how accurate his information is, but he was right about Thunder Road leaving, so....
There are multiple rumors. His are no better than anyone else's. Other options I could see is if it's an all steel RMC (preferably the T-Rex model that hasn't been built yet over the Raptor), Infinity coaster or some sort of launch coaster. I'm really hoping it's a GCI. Carowinds needs a great wooden coaster more than anything. Hurler is ok, and has been kept up better than it's former clone at KD, but it's just boring in comparison to other wooden coasters at comparable parks.
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