Robb & Elissa at Paramount's Carowinds - 4/6/0

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Sunday, April 14, 2002 10:27 PM

So to continue on our little journey after meeting Dolly, Bungee Jumping and a
night of DDR, we were on to the road to the only park in the US built in two
states! We got to Carwinds around 9am, and thanks to Jonathan Hawkins for
letting us know about the Top Gun ERT for passholders, we were able to get in 4
or 5 rides on Top Gun and then Richochet before the park opened! We ended up
haning out with Jonathan and his friend Dave most of the day and there were
some really bizarre moments. Especially at Super Saturator! All I can say is,
if you're wearing cast, and you shouldn't get it wet, a ride titled "Super
Saturator" probably isn't the best thing to go on! =)

Anyway, after the Top Gun and Richochet ERT we pretty much did the entire park
in a fairly relaxed fasion. Carowinds is a really nice, and for the most park
"non-typical Paramount" park. The rides seemed to be running well, crews were
efficient (even met a fellow RRCer working on Hurler!), and the park was clean
and fun! We made our way over to Saturator once the park opened, figuring that
this would have a REALLY long line later in the day, which it did. Since it
was early and still cold, most of the water effects were not turned on yet, but
we still have a really good time on it! After that, we did Drop Zone, Cyclone,
Hurler, Thunder Road, Mine Train (straight track...straight track...curved
track...curved track), and a number of other rides. The woodies seemed to be
running well, not top calibur by any means, but fun, solid rides. I think the
coaster that kind of took us all by surprise was Top Gun. No one has really
said much about this ride, and it seems to be like the 'lost B&M'. Thing is, it
was REALLY good! It was much more intense that a lot of other recent B&Ms,
and, although it has similarities to Montu, it's very different. The fact that
there is no mid-course break really allowed it to keep up it's pace, although
it does lose a bit of steam in that hop over the station.

Carowinds is a really nice park. It's too bad that it doesn't seem to get a
lot of attention from enthusaists other than the locals. It's got a decent
collection of wood, Top Gun was great, an Intamin drop ride, a nice kiddie
area, a cool looking Sally dark ride (which we didn't get to ride due to the
line) and although kind of an average collection of the rest of the steel,
overall this place is a notch above a lot of other parks we've visited!

Our next and final stop: Back to SFOG to get some rides in on everything else!

Check out the photos at:
http://www.themeparkreview.com/supermanweekend.htm

--Robb

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Monday, April 15, 2002 3:24 AM
Nice TR, it was great meeting up with you. Now the question is, which was better, the 'cast' incident or the Foghorn incident.

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|| Jonathan Hawkins ||
http://www.starcoasters.com
Top Gun: TJC flights - Approx. 221

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Monday, April 15, 2002 6:17 AM
I've heard nothing but good things about Carowinds from everyone. I'll be in North Carolina for work next week and if I can drag my co-worker along for the ride, I might get to enjoy the park also.
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The word "definitely" is definitely the most misspelled word on the buzz.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2002 3:28 PM

Im so glad Carowinds is getting more attention. I myself used to think the park sucked even though it was my home park. It has really inmproved over the years.

I would'hve been there to meet you Robb as Jonathan can verify, butI was at a wedding in Utah.

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800,000 years in 7 seconds: Time Machine the movie or next S&S creation?

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 4:11 PM

Glad you enjoyed Top Gun Robb!

hope it makes it in your next video!

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You ever posted on CoasterBuzz..... on druuuuugs!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 7:45 PM
Once again Robb and Elissa, I'm glad you all had a good time at Carowinds...and It was cool meeting a few more fellow enthusiasts.
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