Friday, February 22, 2013 12:38 PM

I'm taking a trip to carowinds this spring break for three days. I have never been there. I know a great deal about there though. Any advice for me on my trip? I have a platinum pass.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 1:21 PM
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Three days is way too long.


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Friday, February 22, 2013 1:41 PM
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Ride Intimidator, then Afterburn, then WindSeeker. Then repeat OVER and OVER again for 3 days.

I love me some Carowinds, but 3 consecutive days of it is...more time than required. I don't think I'd spend 3 days at any regional park.


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Friday, February 22, 2013 2:39 PM
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Carrowinds is lovely but not 3 days lovely. You will be able to see the park in one day, re-ride everything worth riding in a few hours the next.


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Friday, February 22, 2013 3:28 PM

eightdotthree said:
Carrowinds is lovely but not 3 days lovely. You will be able to see the park in one day, re-ride everything worth riding in a few hours the next.

I have a cedar fair pass, and the I'm not going all day for three days. And are u saying that carowinds has short lines even during spring break?

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Friday, February 22, 2013 3:29 PM

Timmy and Afterburn are in my top ten steels. I've also had very good rides on Thunder Road, but it doesn't get a lot of love. NightHawk is for me, the Coaster That Got Away. My first visit, I didn't want to wait in the blistering, unshaded heat for it..line looked to be at least 90 minutes (It was Borg Assimilator then.) On my second and only other visit, NightHawk was down for a multiple-week period for rehab.


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Friday, February 22, 2013 3:31 PM

sirloindude said:
Ride Intimidator, then Afterburn, then WindSeeker. Then repeat OVER and OVER again for 3 days.

I love me some Carowinds, but 3 consecutive days of it is...more time than required. I don't think I'd spend 3 days at any regional park.

I heard that afterburn and intimitador are great, but I've been on the windseekers at kings island and cedar point, and windseeker is dumb. I would like to know, though, how long of lines to expect from afterburn and intimitador.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 3:34 PM

Mike Gallagher said:
Timmy and Afterburn are in my top ten steels. I've also had very good rides on Thunder Road, but it doesn't get a lot of love. NightHawk is for me, the Coaster That Got Away. My first visit, I didn't want to wait in the blistering, unshaded heat for it..line looked to be at least 90 minutes (It was Borg Assimilator then.) On my second and only other visit, NightHawk was down for a multiple-week period for rehab.

Yeah, I heard nighthawk/borg assimilation had mechanicle problems. Does nighthawk have the type of lines that firehawk has at kings island?

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Friday, February 22, 2013 3:38 PM
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No one can tell you what lines will be like for sure. When is your Spring Break? Have you looked at the Calendar to make sure it's open? If you get to the park at opening and do Nighthawk first, you should be fine for everything else. Intimidator and Aftergun both eat people. The only thing outside of Nighthawk with a line will be the mouse probably, and the dark ride.


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Friday, February 22, 2013 3:40 PM
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Stop quoting every post, man. And "u" is not a word. Thanks.


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Friday, February 22, 2013 3:46 PM

Srry jeff, I will try not to quote so much.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 3:49 PM

Tekwardo, it is open during first week of april, spring break. How long of lines should I expect from intimitador? It looks a lot like diamondback which gets lines but the lines move quickly. Also, is there early entry to carowinds? If there is, what rides are opened early?

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Friday, February 22, 2013 4:42 PM
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No one will be able to tell you what the lines for any rides are going to be. I've never been during the week during spring break, but I would assume they're not that bad. As far as early entry, you'll need to find out from the park.


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Friday, February 22, 2013 4:48 PM

If I am still correct (and I may not be, seeing as I haven't visited another CF park besides Dorney for years), each park varies on the early admission days and what rides are on the ERT list. For instance, Dorney was mostly featuring Talon for early admission, and it was a weird day, like a Tuesday (hee hee...Talon Tuesdays). I definitely remember having a difficult time finding out what rides were open early on what days on the website, but I've been told that I am wrong on CF having difficult to navigate websites now.

As usual when someone gets to go to a different park than usual, I will say enjoy your trip, and I envy you!


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Friday, February 22, 2013 5:07 PM

The Carolina Goldrusher mine train is GREAT! I'm fond of the Vekoma flying coaster too. Unless you're really into the park, one day should be plenty.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 6:12 PM

If you're a rider for credit, you'll find Carowinds to be a 1 lap park. In other words, for many of the rides the exact experience is available at other parks you may have already visited, with many coasters being production models or copies. Custom layouts belong to Afterburn, Intimidator, Vortex, Goldrusher, ... And I think that may be all.
I'll echo the sentiments for Afterburn- worth the trip, I could've sat there all day. One of my favorite rides ever. Also Carowinds has Kings Island's original Flying Scooters now, and IMO their Boo Blasters ride is one of the best in the chain.
The park is pretty, (it used to be a lot prettier, but didn't they all?) and it's kind of small. I dont think they get as much business as some of the CF parks, my last visit was on a Good Friday and the crowd wasn't bad at all. Keep in mind a low capacity ride is a low capacity ride no matter what, so for Ricochet, Cobra, and Nighthawk plan accordingly. I did Nighthawk first and got it out of the way and was glad I did, the line was really long and slow later in the day.
Have fun. I'd like to go back there for a day sometime.

Last edited by RCMAC, Friday, February 22, 2013 6:14 PM
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Friday, February 22, 2013 7:19 PM

Jeff said:

Stop quoting every post, man. And "u" is not a word. Thanks.

And is not a proper way to start a sentence. U should know that. ;)

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Friday, February 22, 2013 10:12 PM
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"Thanks" isn't a complete sentence either. ;)

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Friday, February 22, 2013 11:19 PM
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DKNY6363 said:

And is not a proper way to start a sentence. U should know that. ;)

No, it's merely an informal way to start a sentence. There's nothing improper about it.


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Saturday, February 23, 2013 3:49 AM
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I'm with Billy about Carolina Goldrusher. It is fantastic, especially for a family mine train. It just get so unexpectedly fast at the end, but I won't spoil the surprise.

About asking how long lines will be, it is unpredictable. They could have busloads of church groups there or it may be a very stormy day keeping everyone away. If this is a major issue, I believe that the park offers a line cut pass.

And Borg Assimilator, or whatever they are calling it now, the Vekoma Flying coaster, scares the heck out of me.

I agree with the others. Run to the low capacity rides first thing in the morning, then enjoy the rest of your day breezing through the people-eaters like the B&Ms.


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