Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:26 PM
The press release is still awaiting final approval, but signs are up at the gates and in the park showing that the waterpark will be overhauled next year for Boomerang Bay. Frenzoid was already removed to make space for the expansion.
Paramount seems to have adopted a tell the public first and tell the press later policy this year. I don't remember the releases coming out so much later than the actual leak in the past.
Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:36 PM
No suprise there. Now if they'd just get some giant flats. And a launch coaster.
Sunday, September 18, 2005 7:26 PM
Are you sure Frenzoid has been removed? I know it was closed and fenced off, but that was it afaik.
I was speaking with a park rep this weekend who indicated that ti's fate was still undecided.
Sunday, September 18, 2005 7:49 PM
The park rep must have been uninformed. The loading dock has been torn down and the restraints have been packed up as of 2 weeks ago. Carowindszone.com has pictures of it. De-construction has continued since then.
The only hope for the ride is that they are just moving it elsewhere in the park to allow for more BB room, since they took it apart carefully rather than just demolishing it (i.e. SFOG).
Regardless, Frenzoid will NOT be at its same water-surrounded location next year.
Sunday, September 18, 2005 8:37 PM
Better Carowinds than PKD. That was one of our 10 options or so in the survey. Of course, I'll see how lucky I feel after the Italian Job is built.
Monday, September 19, 2005 11:28 AM
Is Carowinds the runt of the Paramount litter? I mean, it always seems like the last one to get anything new and, well, it just seems sort of neglected compared to the others. I haven't been there yet and so maybe i'm wrong, but from most of the information I understand about Carowinds, I'd rather drive north 3 hours to PKI than east 3 hours to Carowinds. Perhaps i'm wrong?? *** Edited 9/19/2005 3:28:56 PM UTC by coasterfreaky***
Monday, September 19, 2005 12:17 PM
Nope, PGA is.
Remember, Carowinds has the best steel coaster in the chain... Top Gun. Which still baffles me. How in the heck did they end up with that gem?
Shaggy *** Edited 9/19/2005 4:18:38 PM UTC by Shaggy***
Monday, September 19, 2005 1:19 PM
Carowinds is definitely a B Class park at best, maybe C class. Most of the theming that was in the park has been removed for non-special Nick and Paramount treatment. Now it is a hodgepodge of Paramount non-timeless themes and the previous theming. There is absolutely no atmosphere to it at all.
Most of the coasters are mediocre at best. Flat rides continue to be removed, although they did add King Island's flying scooters and a mack happy seas last year. Virtually all of the slow moving family rides are gone. If you are in Charlotte and have nothing else to do, its ok. But not worth a trip just to go there.
Monday, September 19, 2005 3:08 PM
Wow...I had a great time at Carowinds in June. I'd happily trade all of SFMM for Top Gun, Super Saturator, and the flyers!
Monday, September 19, 2005 11:46 PM
B or C class? Carowinds got 5 new (well 4 new, one used) coasters in 6 years, and a Scooby Doo dark ride to boot! Also in those 6 years, plenty of the park was rethemed or renovated. Now they're continuting that trend.
I think PCar is right up there with PKI and PKD as a park I'd rather spend a day at than any SFI park I've been to.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 12:42 AM
Having been to PGA so much, it really gives me a sour taste in my mouth every time I hear about Paramount Parks, especially Boomerang Bays. Then I remember what a great time I had at PKD and it all gets better. ;)
Having said that, something about Paramount always feels a little plastic for me, but apparently they can be great fun.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 1:47 AM
Scrooge called and wants his bitter old curmudgeon back. After BGW, I thought Carowinds was the most visually appealing seasonal park I've been to. It's an A-class park, up there with Kings Island, Six Flags Great America, and Hersheypark. I went in April of this year and Top Gun was amazing, the woodies ran well, the kiddie area was hopping and colorful, the midways were clean, and the atmosphere was delightful. Anyone in that area is in an excellent circle of parks with SFOG and Dollywood there.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 2:05 AM
Which is why, when I move to the beach, I'll still be about the same distance (actually closer by a hair) to PCar.
That park would still be good if all they had was their Hurler, Thunder Road, Top Gun, FOC, BORG, and Super Saturator as coasters.