Whats Next For Paramount's Carowinds?

Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:03 AM
My home park is unfortunately Paramounts Carowinds. While they do have some exciting rides such as Top Gun and Saturator, the rest of the park is lacking. Over the years, Thunder Road has slowed down, Hurlers gotten bumpier, and many other rides have lost their original thrill. Recently, the park has obviously been trying to attract families to the park with additions such as Saturator, Nick Central, Ricochet, and more water slides. Assuming that the park keeps its tradition of getting something new every year, what do you think Carowinds will receive in 2004. Will it be another family ride/coaster, Flat ride (HUSS Land of the Giants would make up for the past few years) or a nice new hyper coaster, or maybe even something bigger. With no launchers in the park, one of those would be nice too. What do you guys think?
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:30 AM
Carowinds will most likely get a Huss fribbe
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:32 AM
I doubt we'll get something big next year, maybe a shop, or a few small "make the park look better" additions here or there. But dont expect anything huge.


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Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:34 AM
What do you mean Tim? You mean no 10,000 foot long hyper coaster that goes 150 mph and through 3 states??!?!?!?! What is wrong with them!?!?

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:36 AM
I know, I know, sad to say. *sniff*

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:38 AM
Jason, I think your problem is that you say that many of the rides have lost their original thrill. There are still a lot of people out there (enthusiast included) who haven't ridden the rides there. I visited the park last April and had a blast. I would gladly change out Top Gun for Hypersonic XLC if I could.
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:39 AM
Im not being greedy, so please dont act like i am. Read the post, i gave the park SOME credit. Every review you read says that Carowinds feels like the forgotten paramount park. Im not asking for a 10000 foot tall 150 mph ride, maybe something a little bit taller than top gun. We have NOTHING tall and NOTHING fast at all. We dont even have any rides that hit 70 mph yet. Im just saying that we need SOMETHING to bring back the parks thrill seekers.
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:41 AM
I understand your point that many people havent ridden them. But for residents of the state, who go every year (ones that arent 6 years old) there has been nothing in recent history to keep them coming back. But when i mean thrill, not just my opinion of it, i mean like literally the speed and quality of some of the rides is dwindelling and we need something to make up for it
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 11:47 AM
I understand what your saying, but Carowinds has no competition. It's between 3 and 4 hours to Myrtle, and about 4.5 to SFoG. So as long as locals want to ride, they will go to Carowinds. We'll most likely see a badly needed flat coming, nothing more, maybe something less (heh heh) ;)

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 12:06 PM
Actually, people call Carowinds the forgotten Paramount park because they are suprised by how good it is. Someone called it the 'anti-paramount paramount park' because they weren't expecting the cleanness of the park, running 2 trains on coasters even with no crowds, and the season pass morning ERT on Top Gun that the park still provides every single day even though this will be the 5th season the ride has been open. I've thought about this before, and when I really think about it I love having Carowinds as my home park. It doesn't spoil me for visiting other parks, the crowds are not bad, and the little things like the season pass ERT are awesome. But, I do agree that it would be nice if the park added another thrill ride, and I believe they will, probably in 2004 (not a coaster though). Not adding anything won't stop me from coming back though.

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 6:54 PM
Jason, I also thought you got the better Richochet of the two added last year (the off-the-shelf model). The one at PKD is so tame and heavily braked. Enjoy Runaway Reptar. It's actually a fun ride. Maybe if enough people come to visit the new section, they will add something more up your alley next year.
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 7:12 PM
I'm surprised that you said "unfortunately, my home park is Carowinds". Carowinds is a great little park! And let's face it, it's better than the alternative isn't it? Nothing at all.

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 8:21 PM
Please stop Whining about Carowinds not getting any Thrill Rides. Our Park has enough of them, and I am Glad they've chose to targett Faimilies for a few Years, because we have enough Gangs running around in the Park already. Now, we could use a good flat ride or two, since our beautiful Wave Swinger got removed.

For 11 years the park didn't get a new coaster, So if I were you I would be happy that Paramount has added One every Two or Three years. (One of the only things Noteworthy that they've done during there Management)

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Sunday, March 9, 2003 12:26 AM
Jason first of all I love your last name(same as mine haha) Second since you asked for speculation. I do think we(Carowinds is my home park too) will get that hyper someday. With Kings Dominion removing their Diamond Falls I can see Carowinds taking out White Water Falls and Frenzoid and expanding in that area someday too. Nice place for a floorless or flier don't you think?

But you must always remeber that somebody wishes they had the very ride you take for granted when you complain about your home park

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Sunday, March 9, 2003 7:32 AM
You all have very good points. I know it may sound like im greedy, im just noticing that it seems like we have had the "family" thing going on for a while now. Which isnt really that bad of a thing anywayz. I hope they dont remove the frenzoid, i love that ride, the hangtime rules (those damned harnesses kill though). Yeah that area would make for an awesome B &M Floorless or a Flyer maybe. A HUSS flat (Delirium or Top Spin with Water Add on) would make a good replacement to our diamond falls, after all, the saturator is like right across the path from the falls. I think we will see a flat next year, i just pray to god its a huss giant, all of them seem to rule. OT question, im going to georgia this weekend for opening day, do they or do they not have a deja vu, its on the thrill rides list, but not the full rides list on the website.
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Sunday, March 9, 2003 7:51 AM
Yes, they do have a Deja Vu at SFOG. Now, "Will it be operating?" is another important question. ;)

I'm guessing it isn't on the full rides list yet since they're still updating and changing around their websites, but it's definitely at the park. Have fun on your trip at one of my favorite parks!

-Danny

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Sunday, March 9, 2003 7:56 AM
kool ive been looking forward to riding the imfamous Deja Vu (/maintenence Nightmare) Anyways, whoever said the runaway reptar was a good ride, explain, it just seems like a ride that only goes 26mph couldnt be that great.
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Sunday, March 9, 2003 7:59 AM
Carowinds is 4 hours away from me and I have to agree with you, Jason. They haven't gotten anything big in a long time. I visit Carowinds every year and haven't en a whole lot.

I think after this whole wave of kiddie rides is through, Carowinds will start to save their money up for a hyper or B&M. I can see they have plenty of room where Powderkeg Flume or Carolina Cyclone is. So my prediction is we'll see something big in either 2005 or 2006.

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Sunday, March 9, 2003 8:03 AM
Jason, for a kiddie/junior coaster, Reptar is far above just a 'good ride'. If you like Scooby Doo (comparing as another major kiddie/junior coaster) or any of the Vekoma Roller Skaters, I think you'll like this one just as much or maybe even more! :)

-Danny

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Sunday, March 9, 2003 9:05 AM
Well thats somewhat comforting. I just think it will seem a little funny for me and my 16 year old friends to be waiting in line for such a small ride, along with tons of little 8 year olds. The one thing i dont like about this years line up is the retheming of the powder keg flume. That thing has been there since the park opened, a true classic ride, but they come around and retheme it to Wild Thornberry! I just dont think its right.
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