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Park News - (9/14/16) Carowinds has announced that The Great Pumpkin Fest will take place in the park for guests of all ages on every Saturday and Sunday between Sept. 17 and Oct 30 between 11am to 5pm. The event will feature the new "The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown" sing-along show, a Halloween Hullabaloo musical review and Peter the Talking Pumpkin.
After dark Carowinds turns more sinister and reopens as Scarowinds on select nights from Friday, Sept. 16 to Oct. 30th. New this year is Dark Harvest, a new haunt that will ask you to travel through a two-story barn and corn field. It seems this is a successor to Cornstalkers, but they say Dark Harvest is three times larger. Also new this year is E. H. Bailey's Psycho Circus scare zone.
Also, congratulations to Carowinds for having Fury 325 awarded as the Best Steel Roller Coaster this year from Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards.
(9/8/16) In a disturbing report, a 22 year old has been put into custody, suspected to have shot a 14-year old boy in the bus parking lot at Carowinds, striking him twice in the stomach area before driving away. The police believe this was a follow-up to an earlier conflict that took place within the park that day. The condition of the boy has not been released, buy the injuries were life-threatening.
(8/18/16) The 2017 Announcement Details can be found here.
(8/13/16) Scarowinds has launched a preview for this year's event on YouTube and the launch of this year's website. Returning mazes listed are 7th Ward, Defex, Zombie High School, Silver Scream Studios and Slaughterhouse: The Final Cut. There will be one new maze coming for 2016 that has yet to be announced.
The website also says there will be one new Scare Zone in 2016 along with the returning: Bloodyard, London Terror, Mass Acres, Scary Tales and The Playground.
Scarowinds will kick off on Sept. 16th this year, so be prepared.
2017 - Four New Flat Rides / WinterFest - Confirmed - (8/19/16)
A quick update on the 2017 Carowinds additions... starting with the whole issue of the NEW "County Fair" and the new identity crisis. You see, the area back where Thunder Road used to sit has been known as the County Fair, and this is also the home to Plants vs Zombies, Yo-Yo, Dodg'ems and the Southern Star rides, as well as the big collection of midway games. (On a side note: I've never been certain if AfterBurn was part of County Fair or if it was part of Carolina RFD, but that's another issue...)
Based on the new concept artwork the park has released showing off the location of the new flat rides, which are described as being part of County Fair, all four of the new rides are actually going into the Carolina RFD area between the Wings restaurant and Carolina Cobra coaster entrance.
Speaking of the Carolina Cobra... it's geting a makeover and a new name as well. In 2017 the coaster will be called "The Flying Cobras", themed to a flying aerial stunt show act.
I'm also not sure what will become of the existing Yo-Yo ride. It seems a little odd to have two swing rides in the park, though they are slightly different from each other, but there may be a chance that Yo-Yo could possibly stay.
(8/18/16) Carowinds has confirmed that four classic flat rides are coming to the park in 2017… instead of the five that were leaked to the media earlier this year. The four rides will be part of a renovated “Country Fair” section of the park that is also supposed to offer new special food offerings as well. The four new rides will be:
Do-Si-Do - “a super-fun spiraling adventure that will send guests flying through the air- gliding up, down and around as three giant arms rotate riders in different directions.” I’m assuming this is the Troika.
Electro-Spin - “a sense of being airborne in free-rotating, floorless gondolas while being suspended and flipping upside down up to 63 feet above the ground!” This has got to be the Mondial Top Scan.
Rock ‘N’ Roller - “a staple of any County Fair, is a fast-paced circular ride that will send guests round and around, up and down as high energy tunes and spectacular lighting round out this awesome experience.” This would be the Mack Music Express.
Zephyr - “a classic family swing ride, will suspend riders as it rotates in a circular, wavelike motion providing remarkable views of the park.” Aka: Wave Swinger
They don’t spell it out, but we can assume the Zephyr will replace the current Yo-Yo ride, and unfortunately it looks like they opted to send the fun Huss Breakdance that was one slated for Carowinds off to another park instead.
The second half of today’s announcement confirms that WinterFest will arrive at Carowinds in late 2017. The event will transform the park into ”a spectacular winter wonderland filled with magnificent displays of lights and holiday décor.”
“Midway Merryment will fill the paths of the park with melodious song and dance. Guests will also get to meet some of their favorite holiday characters, including Jack Frost and the Sugar Plum Fairy.”
“Christmas crafts and activities will be available for the entire family. From ornament decorating and feeding Santa’s reindeer, to making cookies with Mrs. Claus and ice skating on Snowflake Lake, guests will be fully immersed in the Christmas fun.”
“Holiday themed LIVE shows will be a must-see during this extravaganza. With Christmas musicals and the nightly lighting of our 70-foot tall Christmas tree- little kids and big kids alike are sure to be amazed.”
“Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Lot will set up shop in Planet Snoopy. Guests can walk the lot and meet Linus and Charlie Brown from the PEANUTS gang.”
All this plus amazing holiday food offerings as well when WinterFest kicks off in November 2017, and all the fun will be included with your purchase of a 2017 Gold Season Pass.
(7/2/16) Winterfest... longtime fans of Carowinds and other Cedar Fair parks may recall back in 2005 I believe, back when Paramount Parks was calling the shots, Carowinds and Kings Island opened up briefly around the Christmas season for a small holiday event called Winterfest. The history of Winterfest at Kings Island went back even father where it was held for about a decade between 1982 and 1992, before returning once again in 2005. Cedar Fair bought the Paramount parks in 2006 however and quickly brought an end to the Winderfest rebirth, canceling the late 2006 events at both parks. Well, as the famous saying goes, "Winter is Coming..." or something like that.
How so? According to a Screamscape reader visiting Carowinds on Thursday, they came across a gathering of park managers moving through the park in discussion. Following along they claim they heard the group mention interesting words like "Christmas" and "eleves" several times, pointing at various locations and suggesting ideas of where things could be placed, including lots of talk about a "post office". While I hate to jump to a conclusion... it does sound as if a proposal to bring back a "Winterfest" style event could be in the works. Stay tuned...
2018 - Vortex Floorless Conversion - Rumor - (9/1/16) I’m really REALLY hoping this isn’t the case, as Carowinds deserves something better than this in my opinion, but the rumor on the wind right now is that Vortex could be converted into a Floorless coaster for the 2018 season. Don’t get me wrong… I love B&M Floorless coasters, but they are designed to be much bigger, faster, have many more inversions, and far more interesting inversions (a Zero-G-Roll especially) than what a converted Vortex can offer.
I’d much rather see Vortex removed and replaced by an all new creation.
With that said however, I’m hearing that the change may be inevitable unless the West coast conversion of their Vortex coaster into Patriot bombs in a big way.