Carowinds - Worth a trip?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 12:04 AM
john peck's avatar I really tried to like Cyclone, but there is something seriously wrong with that coaster.

It shuffles and vibrates worse than any other early 80's Arrow I have been on. Im sure it was a great ride back in it's day, but years of neglectful maintenance has really done a number on it.

I say "neglectful" because why would that paticular Arrow run truely worse than so many others built in its timeframe?

Oh, and Im no engineer, but I know when something just doesn't feel right. *** Edited 9/4/2007 4:06:34 AM UTC by john peck***

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 1:38 AM
Really really weird, Peck.


Usually the Carolina Cyclone is downright B&M smooth. That's not an isolated opinion, that's the consensus. I've ridden it personally at least 20 times and never gotten a bad ride. Now that all the foliage is gone, I get some dull rides, and it's lost alot of charm over the past few years, but it's still silky smooth.


Personally, I'd say the prospect of powerriding the best Beemer invert in the US makes Carowinds worth the visit.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 8:52 AM
Is Carowinds worth a trip?

They have Kings Island's Flying Scooter. It ought to be worth a trip just for that!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 9:32 AM
^ Are they any different than the ones at Holiday World or Hershey Park?
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 9:52 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Why do you think he made special mention of them? They are easily snappable...more-so than Knoebels' flyers. In fact they're probably the best set of flyers running today.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 10:28 AM
john peck's avatar Hmmmm. Perhaps I've gotten rides on Cyclone on bad days...

I rode it some in 2001 and that about did me in, and I rode it again in 2005 and I knew then something was wrong with it.
I know that was only a few times, but when I said "enough" that was a rarity for me when it comes to Arrows.

And yes, the Flying scooters are worth the trip.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 12:12 PM
matt.'s avatar Cyclone was awful during my visit this spring. And I'm generally a fan of Arrows.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 12:39 PM
Too me, I don't think it looks that great, but I know Dunkin' Donuts is. LOL
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