Carowinds' Windseeker more fun than scary

Posted Friday, April 6, 2012 10:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

At 30 stories, WindSeeker is the tallest ride at Carowinds, and the tallest structure in South Carolina. But hard-core amusement-park thrill-seekers, take note: WindSeeker is actually one of the tamer experiences Carowinds offers visitors.

Read more from The Charlotte Observer.

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Friday, April 6, 2012 1:10 PM

Tallest structure in South Carolina? Really?

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I just noticed the shock absorbers are the same as the Knott's version. I thought these appeared to be a better version that what Cedar Point and others have. I wonder is the previous incarnations will be retrofitted.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Friday, April 6, 2012 1:14 PM
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Friday, April 6, 2012 2:30 PM

It can't be the tallest structure in SC. There are taller hotels in myrtle beach.

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Friday, April 6, 2012 2:40 PM

Definitely not the tallest structure in SC. What's worse, is that it reads like Intimidator is the tallest structure in the state. Is WindSeeker in NC? Either way, it's dead wrong.


At 30 stories, WindSeeker is the tallest ride in the park’s history – 69 feet taller than the Intimidator roller coaster, the tallest structure in South Carolina.

Last edited by Vater, Friday, April 6, 2012 2:44 PM
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Friday, April 6, 2012 3:08 PM

Vater said:
Definitely not the tallest structure in SC.

At first I thought the key to the whole claim was the use of the word structure - which might somehow differentiate it from buildings.

But then I found out the the tallest structure in SC is 2000 feet tall.

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Friday, April 6, 2012 3:29 PM

First of all, research takes time. Masters is going on. Its Easter weekend. Spring break, etc. Who has time for that? Second, what impact does it have to say the ride is 69 feet taller than the 14th tallest structure in the state (or whatever Intimidator is)?

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Friday, April 6, 2012 5:54 PM

Intimidator might be in the NC boundary of the park. I know one of the wood coasters crosses the state line (visit two states on one coaster!1!), but who really cares? Obviously Carowinds doesn't. ;)

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Saturday, April 7, 2012 12:04 AM

I live in Myrtle Beach and our tallest building is actually only 29 stories high. The buildings might seem higher since everything behind them is generally only a couple of stories high. No big deal, just thought I'd throw that out.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012 8:40 AM

However, regardless of what marketing people and the press would have you believe, stories aren't always 10 feet. The Margate Tower which I believe is the building you speak of is 329' tall.

http://www.emporis.com/building/margatetower-myrtlebeach-sc-usa

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Saturday, April 7, 2012 9:16 AM

maXairMike said:
Intimidator might be in the NC boundary of the park. I know one of the wood coasters crosses the state line (visit two states on one coaster!1!), but who really cares? Obviously Carowinds doesn't. ;)

Your thinking of Thunder Road, that'll really give you a jolt but it's not a bad coaster.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012 12:43 PM

There's a couple of rides that straddle the state line. I'm surprised they didn't place Windseeker in the large vacant plot of land in front of Intimidator. That area looks so awkward.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012 10:01 PM

I wonder how difficult it is for them during tax season... do restaurants/merch sales on one side differ from the other?

Erm, probably just whichever side the main office is on.

Wait, why am I asking/does this matter?

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Sunday, April 8, 2012 12:36 AM

I remember hearing somewhere that the park pays taxes to both States.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012 11:10 AM

HeyIsntThatRob? said:
There's a couple of rides that straddle the state line. I'm surprised they didn't place Windseeker in the large vacant plot of land in front of Intimidator. That area looks so awkward.

There was originally rumors of a HUSS Giant Frisbee going there.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012 8:32 PM

I'm pretty sure Carowinds' FB page was just having fun with us seeing that we won't be seeing any "new" giant Huss rides anytime in the future.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 4:43 PM

Carowinds regulatory situation is nightmarish.

Rides are regulated based on which state the main electrical disconnect is located in.

Shops and such are taxed based on their location.

Where it gets really nasty is for employees, who have to pay their taxes to different states and different municipalities, as the park is in both Charlotte and Rock Mill, if I remember correctly.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:28 PM

Didn't Geauga Lake have similar issues, except the state border was only a county/city border.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:35 PM

Yes I believe the former SeaWorld side was in Aurora and the Geauga Lake side was in Bainbridge Township.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:04 AM

Well actually, both sides were in both counties. I just wasn't sure if the park(s) had the same logistical issues in dealing with the municipalities.

Reference image

On a side note, this was the only image I could think of to clearly show the border with relation to the park. If your wondering what they are, the left side was the original land sale proposal while the right side was the second proposal. The blue is what they planned to keep. Nothing has been sold yet, so who knows what they will do down the road.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:29 PM

Don't forget at Carowinds the park is divided by law enforcement as well, so if something happens on the SC side their laws could be slightly different (potentially) than if something happens on the NC side; SC police have to be called for the south side of the park, NC police have to be called for the northern side of the park; etc. It really is a rather ridiculous situation that need not be that but I guess nobody is interested in changing the situation.

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