Carowinds adding classic rides, Winterfest for 2017

Posted Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:13 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the press release:

Moms, dads, kids and grandparents alike will be able to create even more unforgettable moments as Carowinds heightens the level of family fun in 2017! Four new vintage thrills will provide families with "classic nostalgia" and old-fashioned fun; plus, Santa and a new festive holiday event, WinterFest, are coming to town.

First, we're bringing back some oldies but goodies with a new County Fair section of the park. Park goers can enjoy enhanced food offerings, new experiences and the addition of four NEW classic ride favorites everyone in the family can enjoy together:

  • Do-Si-Do is a super-fun spiraling adventure that will send guests flying through the air- gliding up, down and around as three giant arms rotate riders in different directions.
  • Electro-Spin will give park goers a sense of being airborne in free-rotating, floorless gondolas while being suspended and flipping upside down up to 63 feet above the ground!
  • Rock 'N' Roller, a staple of any County Fair, is a fast-paced circular ride that will send guests round and around, up and down as high energy tunes and spectacular lighting round out this awesome experience.
  • Zephyr, a classic family swing ride, will suspend riders as it rotates in a circular, wavelike motion providing remarkable views of the park. County Fair is slated to open spring 2017.
Second, guests will be able to ring in the holidays next season with a new family tradition, WinterFest. Deck the halls with this larger than life event as the park transforms into a spectacular winter wonderland filled with magnificent displays of lights and holiday décor.
  • Midway Merryment will fill the paths of the park with melodious song and dance. Guests will also get to meet some of their favorite holiday characters, including Jack Frost and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
  • Christmas crafts and activities will be available for the entire family. From ornament decorating and feeding Santa's reindeer, to making cookies with Mrs. Claus and ice skating on Snowflake Lake, guests will be fully immersed in the Christmas fun.
  • Holiday themed LIVE shows will be a must-see during this extravaganza. With Christmas musicals and the nightly lighting of our 70-foot tall Christmas tree- little kids and big kids alike are sure to be amazed.
  • Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Lot will set up shop in Planet Snoopy. Guests can walk the lot and meet Linus and Charlie Brown from the PEANUTS™ gang.

Families can also enjoy festive food and drink including a holiday style menu featuring smoked turkey and carved hams, and our homemade hot chocolate. WinterFest debuts in November 2017. Best of all, it's included with the purchase of a 2017 Gold Season Pass!

Read the entire press release from Cedar Fair.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:21 AM
Tekwardo's avatar

Very happy. But the old County Fair section really needs a facelift. So hopefully that comes soon.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:45 AM
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This is the county fair.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:01 PM
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Incorrect. The park's current county fair section is by the theater for Plants vs Zombies. This is over by cobra.

And the park's Social Media guy confirmed that the old county fair is staying (presumably renamed) with its rides in tact.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:12 PM
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It's not incorrect, it's what you said it is... the new area will be called the County Fair and the other area will not.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:47 PM
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I said the Old (current) County fair section needs a facelift. And it does. I was not incorrect. They're moving the name to a totally new section and dropping the name for the old section, which still needs a facelift. This area is different.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:08 PM
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Couldn't they just call one the "North Carolina" country fair and one the "South Carolina" county fair? Or would that cause problems because the South Carolina version is the older, crappier one?


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Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:11 PM

So Carowinds AND Dorney are getting a Troika Troika Troika... I guess HUSS is still making them after all?

And I love that Siri doesn't try to auto-correct Troika!


But then again, what do I know?

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:28 PM
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These are the refurbs CF bought from Europe. As is all four of Carowinds' ride and the Huss Condor going in at a park.


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Friday, August 19, 2016 7:36 PM
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Jeff said:

It's not incorrect, it's what you said it is... the new area will be called the County Fair and the other area will not.

Your post was incorrect, the area referenced is Carolina RFD presently. You said this "is" the county fair, which it not yet is, though it will be next year. I suppose it depends what the definition of "is" is though haha.

Semantics aside, I really like this addition. I hope it ends up looking like the artwork, this area will be especially dazzling at night if they actually have all those string lights hanging above that midway everywhere. Very neat looking.

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Friday, August 19, 2016 8:08 PM

Does anyone know which ride(s) are being removed for these additions? I thought I read Yo-Yo was on its way out.

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Friday, August 19, 2016 8:55 PM
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Looking at the concept art and Google Maps, it appears that Southern Sidewinder will be removed to make room for Electro-Spin and Zephyr. It's doesn't look like any other rides need to be removed to make room for these four new ones.


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Friday, August 19, 2016 9:14 PM
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The park has said no rides removed. The slide in question is unlikely as well.


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Sunday, August 21, 2016 5:00 PM
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^Yeah it looks like the area in question is a part of the midway devoid of anything besides park benches. The waterslides aren't in the artwork but I think it's more likely they were left out due to irrelevance rather than because they're being removed. Looking at the google map, it's easy to see how they can fit all this stuff in without getting rid of anything. I haven't heard anything about Yo-Yo being removed, although it is redundant now that they'll have a bigger better version of swings a few hundred yards away.

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