ACE Scream-A-Thon at Paramount's Carowinds

Wednesday, September 18, 2002 1:37 PM
Paramount's Carowinds ACE SCREAM-A-THON

Saturday, October 12, 2002

American Coaster Enthusiast members are invited to scream all day and night
at Paramount's Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina, with ERT morning and
night, along with a special Scarowinds tour and prices.

FREE for ACE Members with a Paramount Season Pass or $20.99* for all other
ACE members & guests.

*Each transaction will incur a $4.95 handling charge per order, so please
order tickets in groups if at all possible.

SCREAM-FULL SCHEDULE: October 12, 2002

8:30 - 9:30 AM Check in and registration at the South Gate (Top Gun)

9:30 - 10:00 AM ERT on Taxi Jam (ACE members only) no matter how tall you
(Season Pass Holders only can also ride Top Gun & Ricochet)

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Paramount's Carowinds open to the public

1:00 PM Presentation by Scott Anderson, Carowinds "Fun Technician" at the
Plantation House VIP, followed by Scarowinds SPECIALS for registered members
and guests only: Purchase a Scarowinds admission for the night for only
$9.99 (cash only) These special tickets will only be on sale at 1:00 PM!
Following the presentation and ticket sales, an exclusive backstage
walkthrough tour of Scarowinds for all interested members and guests.

6:00 - 6:30 PM ERT on Thunder Road

7:00 PM - midnight Scarowinds open to all Scarowinds ticket holders with
multiple haunted houses and night rides on Top Gun, Vortex, Drop Zone and

Admission to the park, ERT and the tour of Scarowinds are included in your
registration. The $9.99 discounted Scarowinds tickets will only be available
prior to the backstage tour, cash only, and are valid only on Oct. 12.

You must register by Thursday, October 10, to participate in this event.

Season Pass holders: Send an e-mail to and include
your name, city, state, ACE membership number and Paramount Pass number,
plus any Season Pass holding guests to register your attendance.

Without a Season Pass: Members and guests without a Season Pass should go
on-line to the Carowinds website at: and use Company Code
2301 to purchase their special price tickets which will be mailed prior to
the event, or held at the gate (you choose the delivery method).
Online-registration will accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover & American
Express for payment.

You can also go to and highlight Tickets and then select
Corporate Partner, and enter the company code 2301.

Note: Inclement weather, equipment problems or other unforeseen
circumstances may affect this schedule.
The park will endeavor to provide ride times and the rides listed.


Taxi Jam ERT *cha ching* Hope to see some Buzzers there :)

|| Jonathan Hawkins ||
Top Gun: TJC flights - Approx. 240 (54 in 2002)

Wednesday, September 18, 2002 8:45 PM
AAAAGGGGHHHH! After I first got into coasters this summer, the two things that I bought were a membership to ACE and a Carowinds season pass. And guess what, I'm going to be at Busch Gardens: Tampa on the 12th. Figures. Oh well, I hope everyone else has a great time. Does anyone know how often ACE events are held at Carowinds?
Thursday, September 19, 2002 8:31 AM

Sorry that you won't be able to make it this year. As plans stand right now, this will be an annual event at the park. I think the last time that there was an actual ACE event at the park was a Spring Conference probably in the mid 90s. But, that's changed now!

I'm open for any suggestions for future events. I threw this one together more or less on the spur of the moment. The park has been really cooperative and has surprised me from time to time when it came down to the planning of it. They're real excited about having ACE active at the park again after being gone so many years. So, who knows what the future holds.

Max Cannon


Thursday, September 19, 2002 10:02 AM
Great! I'll definitely be there! I would love to meet up with fellow Buzzers that day! Anybody on here going that wants to get together so I can put a face with the names? E-mail me at!
Friday, September 20, 2002 8:28 AM
The event sounds fun, the wife & I are debating it. Which Halloween things are we gonna do this year? A hard choice, we usually have to work through the whole October month. It's between just this or another VA trip with potential for a third park.

Thanks Max & all the any other ACE peeps for getting it up, while ACE isn't our thing, this sounds like one ACE event we wouldn't avoid;).

Friday, September 20, 2002 10:21 AM
I might bring my 8 year old son to it. He wants to go to Scarowinds but I'm not sure he'll actually go into a pitch black haunted house that he knows someting scary is inside. He won't ride Top Gun or Vortex so I'm really going to have to think about this


Friday, September 20, 2002 11:22 AM

I wish i could be there, but i have "prior obligations". And John, children under 12 aren't allowed in Scarowinds.

Ill be there in spirit! :)

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Friday, September 20, 2002 7:13 PM

RC...the Scarowinds website and the press info that I got just says that the event is "not recommended for young children, those who do not like being scared or guests with any conditions that could be aggravated by special effects and scares used throughout the attraction." There isn't an age listed for it. Personally, from the past two years attractions, I don't think the attractions are that bad and scary. The scharacters can't touch you and the effects aren't too bad. I'd leave it up to the parents to decide to take the kids.

John, if you come to the event, be sure and do the Scarowinds tour. The group is suppose to go through two of the attractions without the actors and the special effects going.. You could see how your son reacts to the two attractions we tour that day. Right now, the attractions are suppose to be the Psycho Path (the island) and the main haunted house, Nightmare Manor. This could change but this is what is scheduled.



Saturday, September 21, 2002 3:55 AM

He's a really big 8 year old sometimes he seems like he's 12 or more but I still think he may get to the door of a pitch black haunted house and decide it's not for him

As for the age limit there isn't one and the first year of the event one of the higher ups(this guy is right near the top but I won't say his name) said it would be fine for him.

Personally I wish Carowinds would do something for the kids at Scarowinds kind of like Kentucky Kingdom did prior to being Six Flagged. Not only did they have haunted houses for the adults but they also had trick or treating and staw mazes for the kids. This was the year that Hellevator opened at the end of the season 1995 .

Carowinds could open up the Animation Staion area for that and next year they could include the new Nicklodeon area.


Monday, September 23, 2002 8:26 AM
JMHO, but there's enough at Carowinds year round for kids & plenty of kids' haunted houses & trick or treat events, adults & "adults" want some Halloween, too;). If there truely was a minimum age of 12 for an event I'd run very, very quickly for it. Most Halloweens around here(Wilmington, NC) are spent WISHING there was something actually worth doing.

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