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Charlotte, NC
Cedar Fair Entertainment



icon_STOPPark News - (8/23/14) Going hand in hand with the big news from Carowinds this week, the park has some specials for current and future passholders. If you don't have a season pass and buy a 2015 pass right now, you are also allowed one visit to the park during the remainder of the 2014 season. Current 2014 passholders can renew for 2015 at a special low rate for a limited time, and you will also get one free single day FastLane+ to use by Nov. 2, 2014. Passholders will also have the option to buy into an optional "All Season Dining Plan" in 2015 that will give them Lunch and Dinner meal during every visit to the park in 2015. Since the park will be focusing on all new food options with distinct Carolina flair and flavors, so 2015 is going to be one of the best times to try out this new All Season Dining Plan option.
    Also new today, scroll down to see new artwork and animation for FURY 325 and a major hint about what is coming to Carowinds in 2016!!
    (8/21/14) Carowinds will have their big 2015 announcement live at the park at 11am Thursday morning. The event will also be streamed live at
    (8/6/14) New management changes have taken place at Carowinds, as former park VP/GM Bart Kinzel has resigned and been replaced by Mike Fehnel who comes to Carowinds with 20 years in the business, most recently serving as VP/GM of Dorney Park.



SCarowinds 2014
- In Development - (7/10/14) A Carowinds guest passing near to the building behind Nighthawk that is home to the Asylum haunt (used for SCarowinds) noticed that the Asyum fašade had been taken down and there was a full dumpster parked nearby, giving the appearance that the haunt may have been gutted to make way for something new this year.


2014_Carowinds_NewSlideLogos2014 - Surfer’s Swell and Dorsal Fin Drop and New Restaurants - (6/24/14) Great news for Carowinds fans… the two new waterslides added to Boomerang Bay, Dorsal Fin Drop and Surfer’s Swell, are now open!
    (3/27/14) Carowinds has posted details on Facebook about what they have been clearing the grassy field in front of Intimidator for. They are calling it Harmony Hall Marketplace, and it will be a new dining and entertainment destination with an open food court and several new dining options, as well as live shows to be performed daily.
    (3/13/14) Carowinds posted on their Facebook page this week that they were happy to welcome Chickie’s & Pete’s to the park this year, and mentioned that renovations to put them into the Outer Hanks building was underway. Even better, not only will they bring in new food options (like their famous Crab Fries) but the restaurant will featuer a much needed new indoor air-conditioned dining room.
    Now if Chickie’s & Pete’s is going into the old Outer Hanks building area, just what are they building on the Intimidator lawn? Curious...
        (1/30/14) An online permit website for the Charlotte area now lists a permit for Carowinds for a new Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House & Sports Bar. While the chain is known for their locations about the Philadelphia area they opened a pair of locations Dorney Park (Allentown, PA) in 2011 as well as a new location in the waterpark at Worlds of Fun (Kansas City) in 2013. Looks like Carowinds is next on their expansion plans.
    (9/10/13) Carowinds has announced that two major new waterslide attractions will be added to the park’s Boomerang Bay waterpark in 2014: Surfer’s Swell and Dorsal Fin Drop.
    Surfer’s Swell is 263 feet long and will drop riders down a large hill and up into an angled wall where they will spin and drop back down again (half-pipe style) into a large tunnel before making the splashdown finale.
    Dorsal Fin Drop is a “bowl” style slide, sending riders down a 351 foot speed tunnel and blasting them out into a bowl where they will spin around and around before losing enough speed to slip down the exit hole in the center. The new slides are set to open in May 2014 and will be located in the grassy area closed to the first drop of Thunder Road as seen here.
    In addition to the new slides, Carowinds will also make improvements to their dining experience with new food offerings throughout the park, new air-conditioned venues and expanded capacity.


icon_STOP2015 - FURY 325 - Under Construction - (8/23/14) I’ve added more video links and some concept art (see below) for Fury 325 today, which should also give you a chance to see how different the park’s main entrance will look next season.
    The old style park entrance, along with the southern mansion building, will be removed for a new modern park entrance plaza that looks inspired by the new entrance built for sister park, Cedar Point, for the 2013 season.

    (8/21/14) BREAKING - Carowinds has confirmed their plans for 2015 at last and FURY 325 is the final name chosen for their new










B&M Giga-Coaster. It will have white supports, Teal Swarm track with Stinger Green highlights, and as the name implies, stand 325 feet tall before dropping you down at an 81║ angle and hitting 95 mph. Your 3:25 minute long ride will soar along 6,602 feet of track featuring a number of memorable moments, like a sideways turn while your 190 feet in the air, diving underground to go under a new guest entry bridge and a 111 foot tall airtime filled camelback hill on one of three 32-passenger trains.
    “Fury 325 will simulate the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of the hornet. The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte, renewing the park’s skyline and serving as a symbol of changes to come. Fury 325 is part of a planned $50 million dollar multiyear investment to bring new life to founder Pat Hall’s original vision for Carowinds. The park will be revamped from top to bottom to celebrate Carolina culture including new rides and attractions, signature Carolina food offerings and entertainment. Opening in Spring 2015, Fury 325 will be the centerpiece of a new 8.2 acre main entrance plaza that includes a state–of–the–art ticketing and season pass processing area and expanded guest service facilities.
“Starting with Fury 325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrillseekers to celebrate the Carolinas,” says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds Vice President and General Manager. “The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.”

    (8/20/14) It has been an interesting day. A reader sent in a graphic they found hidden on the Carowinds website that appears to be the final logo for the new coaster, using the Fury 325 name once again, but tying it in with the insect swarm theme that the park has been building up hype for on social media. Of course if you saw the Centurion logo the park also apparently leaked onto their site on purpose to mess with us coaster fans in early August, this could be Carowinds playing more games with us at the 11th hour. But with the announcement set to be made Thursday morning, it seems a bit late to play around. Plus unlike the more rough looking Centurion logo, I have to admit that this new Fury 325 logo looks very polished and slick.
    On top of everything, the first pieces of two-tone B&M track were discovered on-site a few hours ago as well, matching the two-tone pieces we posted pictures of from the track fabrication plant in Ohio.
    (6/17/14) Cedar Fair has filed for a new trademark this month for the name “FURY 325”.  It certainly sounds like a good name for a very tall coaster doesn’t it?  Following in the same fashion as “Intimidator 305”, the reports that Cedar Fair is planning a 300+ foot coaster for Carowinds in 2015, it very well could be named FURY 325 I suppose. This isn’t the first time Carowinds would have brought an attraction to the market using the FURY name, as they launched a much-hyped new haunted house for their SCarowinds event a few years ago that was simply called FURY.
    Previously this year Cedar Fair has also filed trademarks for the name “FURY’ on January 23rd and Centurion way back on October 18th, 2013. Though I have to admit, I’m a bit more keen on the Centurion name, as the location of the new coaster is said to pass out in front of the park’s main gate area, giving it a similar feel to what they did with Gatekeeper at Cedar Point, and the name Centurion does have a similar tone to it.


icon_STOP2016 - Water Attraction - Rumor - (8/23/14) Carowinds dropped a new hint about what is in store for 2016... and it will certainly involve water. To quote park spokesperson John Taylor, "We look forward to making a bigger SPLASH next August when we gather again to announce our epic 2016 expansion plan."
    So will this be an expansion to the Boomerang Bay waterpark, or could this be a much needed new flume ride for the park? I'm hoping for the later, especially since the waterpark just added two new slides for 2014.



Track Record

Charlotte, NC
Cedar Fair Entertainment

Abbreviation: PC (old)
Size: 398 Acres

Newest Developments:
2013 - Dinosaurs Alive

2012 - Windseeker

2011 - Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular & Nights of Fire

2010 - Intimidator, Planet Snoopy & Boo Blasters

2009 - Carolina Cobra

2008 - Yo-Yo, Bondi Beach

2007 - Southern Star

2006 - Boomerang Bay

2004 - Borg Assimilator




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