Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff
[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]
For more than 40 years, Carowinds has been the place where the Carolinas come together. It’s where the Tar Heel State and the Palmetto State meet. It’s where families and friends bond over thrilling rides and entertainment. Carowinds will now unite its storied history with its future as the standard for thrills by unleashing Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.
Fury 325 will simulate the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of the hornet. The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte, renewing the park’s skyline and serving as a symbol of changes to come. Fury 325 is part of a planned $50 million dollar multiyear investment to bring new life to founder Pat Hall’s original vision for Carowinds. The park will be revamped from top to bottom to celebrate Carolina culture including new rides and attractions, signature Carolina food offerings and entertainment. Opening in Spring 2015, Fury 325 will be the centerpiece of a new 8.2 acre main entrance plaza that includes a state–of–the–art ticketing and season pass processing area and expanded guest service facilities.
“Starting with Fury 325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrillseekers to celebrate the Carolinas,” says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds Vice President and General Manager. “The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.”
Riders will board into three 32–passenger open air trains and begin their ascent to the top of a 325–foot (over 30 stories) hill. This immense hill is followed by an exhilarating 81 degree first drop. Like an angry hornet chasing its target, Fury 325 will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Riders will speed along 6,602 feet of track during the nearly three and one half minute ride.
“The tradition of the park is so important to those who have grown up here,” says Fehnel. “It’s long overdue that we gave our fans a new energy surrounding Carowinds, which will build on our legacy as the premiere entertainment destination for generations of Carolinians.”
Those who can’t wait until Spring 2015 to experience Fury 325 can take a virtual ride at carowinds.com/fury325 where they can also check out photos, virtual renderings, ride stats and more. This Fall, fans can purchase a 2015 season pass or renew current season passes for the lowest price of the year at carowinds.com. Fury 325 is designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development and the same firm that brought Vortex to Carowinds in 1992, Afterburn in 1999, and The Intimidator™ in 2010.
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Shut up and take my money!!!
oh... I should've waited til 2015... this ride looks sick!
^^ Shut up and scan my Platinum Pass (with All Season Dining Plan)!
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
My brain might have just exploded a little.
Anyone else notice that this looks very I-305-ish in terms of more curves and twists rather than airtime hills? I'm loving the overbanked turn that almost appears to stall out. Very interesting, and very different appearing from Leviathan. It might just have to be Carowinds next year for me!
"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band
This could have been a perfect fit for Michigan's Adventure. ;)
Hello, Hello! (hola!) I rode a ride named Vertigo!-with apologies to U2
Hmm, like a hornet? Interesting.
I'm liking this, and I'll be sure to get there next year!
Just beautiful. Really.
The new entrance walkways and ticket plaza, Cedar Point style, will be a great new addition to the park, especially with the new coaster going over and under the walk. A different but fun take on the Gatekeeper concept.
The ride itself looks like a ton of fun. I smell airtime and forceful turnarounds. I'm so glad to see no mid course brake as well, and the entrance to the ride is so cute with the honeycomb theme (complete with the same shaped sunshades.)
That fly-around rendering is amazing, and I love how those have progressed over the years to so accurately show the surrounding park areas just as they will be.
Awesome, and this lovely park really deserves the attention. I can't wait for spring, I'll be driving down. Might spend a week.
1,470 riders per hour.
Looks great! Too bad the Carolina vacation was this year.. I can probably talk my wife into more beach time though.
"Ask not what your rest home can do for you. Ask what you can do for your rest home." - Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley in Bubba Ho-Tep
Wow! This looks utterly fantastic all around. Different layout with all the banking and should complement Intimidator quite nicely. Works great on a local angle too, especially with the revival of the Charlotte Hornets name and colors.
"We need more 'Bort' license plates in the gift shop. I repeat, we are sold out of 'Bort' license plates."
I dig it. This will get me back to Carowinds for my 2nd trip. I bet night rides on this thing will be terrific, with searing speed through the first half of the course.
Love seeing Ouimet's vision playing out, both with the entry model concept and the strategy behind personalizing the park to reflect more local Carolina flavor. Nice to see the right lessons from Cedar Point and Knott's being applied here as opposed to something generic and bland. Well done CF.
This will definitely get me out to Carowinds for the first time. I'm thinking Kings Dominion would have to be in order as well. My only trip there was back in 2008 when Dominator first opened (pure coincidence).
Man this thing looks great.
I really like what seems to be, a full use of the speed from start to finish. The twists, turns and airtime hills all throughout, this thing is going to be bad ass. 95 mph, and a 325ft drop, you cant go wrong. Im super jealous North Carolina residents.
This will be the 5th highest coaster in the world.
If you exclude (or at least give an asterisk to) Superman and Tower Of Terror because they don't really go the full height or aren't full circuit, it becomes the third highest...behind only Kingda Ka and Top Thrill Dragster - both one-trick-pony rocket coasters.
So basically it's the tallest "tradional" non-launched full circuit roller coaster on Earth.
(consider this my resume for Carowinds PR department)
That looks epic. I don't know when I'll be able to get there to ride it.
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