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Park News - (1/23/15) We didn't even get to the end of January and I've already got a nominee for one of the most whacked out and weird Amusement Park related stories of 2015. Case in point... a man and woman decided to break into Carowinds on Friday night. Park security was tipped off when they spotted their truck parked in the lot, and upon investigating they were shocked to find an 8-month old boy alone inside the truck. Within 20 minutes the couple returned to the truck to find security waiting for them and had them both charged for child neglect and trespassing.
The news reports I've read didn't say what the couple did, if anything, once inside the park grounds, but the story does get weirder. When asked why they broke into the theme park the woman claimed that both Aliens and God directed her to come to Carowinds and break into the park. Well... she thought it was God leading her to Carowinds, but after getting there realized it was really Aliens who wanted her to leave her body behind and come with them. Yeah... Ummm... Yeah... kind of reminds me of that Heaven's Gate cult. I wonder if she was wearing Nikes. Thankfully the child was taken into protective custody.
(1/12/15) Carowinds GM Michael Fehnel confirmed on Twitter late last week that the park's new SlingShot would be going in next to Vortex, the park's B&M Stand-Up Coaster. He even tweeted a picture of the early demolition work under way to clear the site.
(12/17/14) Carowinds GM Michael Fehnel posted an interesting picture to Twitter on Tuesday morning, showing off where two midway game stalls have been removed from the pathway across from the entrance to Hurler, along with the quote, “Alright… Where did the games go that were in front of #FURY325???”
(12/16/14) Carowinds has confirmed the addition of a new SlingShot ride for the 2015 season. Riders loaded into a little pod will be shot up over 300 feet into the air at up to 60 mph before spinning and plunging back towards the ground again.
(12/3/14) It was noted that Carowinds submitted permit paperwork to Mecklenburg County (the NC side of the park) for Project 349878, “Carowinds Sling Shot Buildings”. This would seem to confirm the Sling Shot as being not only real for 2015, but that it is indeed coming to the North side of the park as well.
(11/7/14) Carowinds is looking to find their official “Thrill-Caster”, who will be given a four-pack of Gold Passes to the park and used as the official news Thrill-Caster for the park to promote the new Fury 325 roller coaster opening in 2015, as well as other special events happening in the park from December 2014 through to November 2015. For details about how you can sign up for the contest, click here.
(11/4/14) A reader reports spotting survey markings at Carowinds in the area running from the Scrambler over to Vortex. This would make sense as the open area near Vortex could be used to put in that rumored to Sling Shot upcharge ride in 2015.
(10/28/14) I’m not sure how true this is, but Screamscape is hearing that Carowinds might be added a second ride for 2015. This one would be an upcharge ride, much like the Ripcord skycoaster ride, but would be a new Slingshot style ride standing somewhere between 240 and 300 feet tall. Right now it’s said to be in the hands of Cedar Fair HQ and the site has already been soil tested and surveyed, so if they get the go-ahead this could go up very quickly. The question is… where? Anyone spotted an unusual survey work in the park, other than what was done for Fury 325?
(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!!
2015 - FURY 325 - Under Construction - (1/20/15) Our friends at In The Loop have posted a new video from a construction tour of the very muddy FURY 325 site, along with the unveiling of the front car of the train, a look in the pit where they will build a bridge to cross over the track, and at the new main gate area under construction. Plus they check out the site where the new Slingshot is going in.
Still photos from the day can also be found at JohnnyUpsidedown, broken down into sections for the Park Tour and one just for Fury 325. Oh... and in case anyone is wondering, the planned media event to open the new coaster is set for 3/25 of course. How perfect.
(12/30/14) Progress on Fury 325 is really moving right along, and All American Thrills is back with their drone-cam to show off the latest footage from the Fury 325 lift hill as the Travel Channel was on site filming as well from the top of the lift hill.
(12/22/14) The latest aerial footage of Fury 325 was shot by All American Thrills this week. Check it out the video embedded below as well as a wonderful collection of stills posted to their website. Progress on FURY 325 is moving at an amazing pace as the second giant overbanked turn/hill is fully in place, the third hill is also in place with as the track is moving up into the tight-turn around element.
(12/10/14) Some great aerial drone-cam showing the topping off of Fury 325 can be found below, or you can see some pictures posted to AllAmericanThrills.
(12/3/14) Carowinds reports that the lift hill of Fury 325 is expected to be topped off this Thursday (weather permitting), making the massive new coaster officially 20 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.
(10/24/14) AllAmericanThrills came by Carowinds this week to shoot some drone footage of the Fury 325 construction site.
(10/15/14) One of our local readers sent in some great pictures of the Fury 325 construction site taken this week. So far they seem to have the one piece of track up, but tons of supports in the area for the brake run, turn and run into the station area, so look for more track to go up very soon.
(9/30/14) The official first section of FURY 325 track is now in place, with a photo of the action posted to Instagram by the park earlier today.
(9/24/14) According to a post at CarowindsConnection, FURY 325 may not have a full mid-course brake in the middle of the layout, but it will feature a single magnetic trim break somewhere within the layout. The estimated time to go up the lift hill is 63 seconds, the ride will open with the same kind of seat-belt set-up that was added to Intimidator, and there will not be bins in the station for loose items, upcharge lockers will be set up near the ride’s entrance for this purpose instead.
Meanwhile you can see another great collection of pictures taken during a tour of the Fury 325 construction site posted by out friend JohnnyUpsideDown.
(9/2/14) AllAmericanThrills has posted some interesting aerial footage from Carowinds showing off the FURY 325 construction site, as shot by a drone-cam.
(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 81º 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.
2016 - 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.