Carowinds Questions and Thoughts...

Friday, December 14, 2001 3:56 PM
Does anyone have a map of Carowinds from 2001 and how much land do they have left? I personally think they are trying to add as many roller coasters and rides in the land they already have and then hopefully will expand out a little because they dont have too much. Atleast they are fixing up a section that needed to be fixed and getting a ride with it. Anyways, basically, I think they are being conservative. I think if they are creative they could fit something big in. Look at Top Gun, it is on a pretty small peice of land for its size...
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Friday, December 14, 2001 4:33 PM
Can some one tell me if this park's coaster's are with the admission price. I might be going there in 2002, but I don't know if it's worth it.
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Friday, December 14, 2001 7:09 PM
I think you mean worth, yeah, they are worth it, I've never been there, but from pictures, I'd just go there to ride Top Gun, that looks tight.
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Saturday, December 15, 2001 7:30 AM
Does anyone have a map of Carowinds in 2001 and how much land do they have left if you know?
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Saturday, December 15, 2001 8:29 AM
Top Gun is worth the trip and the Hurler isn't bad either.  Plus they are getting a new wild mouse and they have the Super Saturator.  They don't nave much land left, just some behind Hurler and the old Wayne's World section of the park.  I think they could fit something big in though.  You are right Top Gun fit in well for the amount of space it has.  They just need to build a ride that is always high of the ground like a nice B&M hyper coaster:)
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Saturday, December 15, 2001 8:52 AM
Top Gun alone is worth it. It is a unique inverted that makes good use of the terrain and is pretty intense. Despite what others may say, the Hurler is still one of my favorite woodies (it runs much better than its Virginia twin).

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Saturday, December 15, 2001 9:36 AM
It does. I remember the Hurler at PKD being much rougher and it shook a lot more. The one at Carowinds I can go on many times and not get a headache. I think if they move the bus parking lot and move it to the part of the parking lot that is never really used along Thunder Road, they could fit a hypercoaster and just push it out next to the entrance road by the park entrance to the right( i think) of the area where the monorail used to be, that strip of land(if you know that i mean). Look at Raging Bull, when you see a pic of the land it occupies you would never think it would of fit...

*** This post was edited by GhettoCoaster on 12/15/2001. ***

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Saturday, December 15, 2001 4:29 PM
As far as land for the park goes, I've heard that they've got over 400 acres to use.  But, its never been exactly confirmed just speculation.  They've got the parking lot next to Thunder Road and some land back behind the Hurler/Rapids/Paladium area.  I'd say that they even have the land outside the Paladium/bus parking area.  You can see it when you're driving into the park.  I don't know about the land that the former monorail use to run on next to 77.  The wildest rumour I heard about expansion was that they were going to take over the campground and use it for the park.   

As the original poster said, 'winds is a conservative park.  Who knows when the next major coaster will be installed.  (I don't count a mouse and the Saturator to be major coasters.)  They're more "family" oriented in their marketing and their attractions.  I don't think Carowinds is hurting for land.  I think they're just taking their time.

Max

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Sunday, December 16, 2001 7:31 AM
Where exactly is the campground?
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Sunday, December 16, 2001 7:45 AM
Well, I have two homeparks, Carowinds and SFoG (I live between them in SC, same distance to either park)

Personally, I love Carowinds.  They have some truly great and unique rides.  Top Gun is one of the best Inverts I've been on, Hurler is one mean air-time machine, and The Flying Super Saturator is a really cool ride (no pun intended).

For now, I think Carowinds is the family oriented park.  It's a smart move, as more families will go to Carowinds than a high thrill park like SFoG.

My wish is that Carowinds could get some high thrill rides.  I would go crazy if we got a hyper.  But for now, I've been going to SFoG more often.  I like the assortment of rides at SFoG better, and the fact that we are getting the first American B&M flyer will keep me going there A LOT this upcoming season.

I will of course be going to Carowinds this season, as Ricochet looks neat and it will be my first wild mouse (unless you count Wildcat).

But to answer your question, Carowinds has the space, and I hope they find a nice Intamin hyper to put in it.

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Sunday, December 16, 2001 7:47 AM
Guys, I think Michigan's Adventure will get a hyper coaster before Carowinds, Paramount hasn't built a steel coaster higher then 200 feet yet.
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Sunday, December 16, 2001 12:07 PM
I agree with most of what you said, MFX.  I live about 50 minutes from Carowinds and 3 hours-ish from SFOG.  I spent more time this year at SFOG than I did at the 'winds.  I just like the coasters better there (with the exception of Ninja.)  I'd like to see the new B&M flyer "wake up" the higher ups at Carowinds and push for something big in the park.  But, Paramount seems to be in their own world when it comes to their parks.

I'd say we'd get another wooden coaster at Carowinds before we would another steel one.  The park really really really needs another wooden coaster.  If we could get a nice Intamin woodie like Colossus or CCI, I'd be very happy.  I could sacrifice the hyper for another airtime machine.  (Just as long as it doesn't have a loop....)  But, I just don't see a hyper coming to the park anytime soon.  I could be wrong and I'd be the first to admit it.

I'd even love to have a bunch of new flat rides added to make up for the ones that's been displaced over the past few years. 

If it wasn't for the Paramount season pass being used at the other parks, I'd probably wouldn't even go to Carowinds.  There's always PKI and PKD :)

Max

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Sunday, December 16, 2001 12:11 PM

GhettoCoaster said:
Where exactly is the campground?

The campground is across the road from the park.  There is a road next to the turnaround of Thunder Road.  Its behind the factory next to the road.
Max

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Wednesday, December 19, 2001 5:22 AM
Does anybody know where I might find a park map for Carowinds?
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Thursday, December 20, 2001 3:30 AM
Carowinds is my home park, i live about 15 minutes away.  I have been going there since I was 3.  I think its a good park, but then again, the only parks I've been to are Carowinds, HersheyPark, GhostTowin in the Sky, and the Pavillion, oh yeah, and all that stuff in Orlando.  I went crazy when we got Top Gun, it's so intense that it make my eyes water. Fortunately, I will have to oppurtunity to go to Dorney Park, SFoG, & CEDAR POINT, next year but, for now, I love Carowinds.

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Thursday, December 20, 2001 5:20 AM
Coasting EZ   15 minutes in which direction  I live in Pineville    also 15 minutes away 

I have gone to Carowinds since it opened 

I'm going to assume you're too young too remember any of the defunct rides since according to your info you were only born 3 months ago  

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Thursday, December 20, 2001 5:29 AM
Jack Rabbit Lunatic and GhettoCoaster   a map of carowinds can be found on thier web sit www.carowinds.com  under the plan a visit link

I believe they own the land between the parking lot and the interstate  so if they wanted to they could relocate the parking lot there and then expand into the current lot  and the water park could be expanded into the employee lot     

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Thursday, December 20, 2001 5:59 AM
Im looking for a 2001 map. They haven't updated that bc I think it is from 1999.

*** This post was edited by GhettoCoaster on 12/20/2001. ***

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Thursday, December 20, 2001 9:30 AM
Yea I just looked again and it has the wave swinger(removed for 2001) on it   sorry I couldn't help
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Friday, December 21, 2001 2:56 PM
Really much hasn't changed on the map.  I remember having one from earlier park visits.  Just imagine "Flight School" where the Whirling Dervish use to be and the FSS over next to the Goldrusher/where Blackbeards Revenge use to stand.  I really doubt that you'd get a lot of information from a park map about the land they have.  Why not try looking for one of those "terra server" (I think that's the name) maps which shows you the park and the surrounding area.  You might get an idea of the land surrounding the park.

Max

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