Carowinds to Add $11 Million Ride for 2010
Carowinds has announced that it will build an $11 million ride for for the 2010 season. Cedar Fair, the Charlotte, NC theme park's owner, has not released specific details about the attraction, only that more information will be released August 26.
I don't have to tell folks in the Carolinas that an $11 million investment in Carowinds is exciting news! Stay tuned for more.
What kind of attraction do you think Cedar Fair is bringing to Carowinds?
I hope it is NOT a coaster.............yuck -so tired of those........a haunted attraction would be good.
A Bolliger & Mabillard hyper-coaster, similar to Diamondback.
Not sure what it is, but with KD getting a Giga Coaster, CW getting an $11 million ride, and CP announcing something else after those two, it should be an interesting and expensive winter for Cedar Fairs!!
Does anyone have any information to offer on how much Behemoth and Diamondback cost to build? I saw somewhere that Diamondback costed 22 million (but I don't know where they got their information so I was seeing if someone else has information). If a B & M Hyper costs $22 million and the new ride at Carowinds is $11 million, does that mean we can dismiss the new ride being a B & M Hyper Coaster? Would like to hear your information and opinions......
I would agree with your analysis, Jesse.
The rumor that I'm hearing is there's some creative accounting involved to come up with that $11 million figure due to tax breaks they're getting from South Carolina. We'll find out next week when they officially announce. If it's not the B&M hyper, Cedar Fair will have to be praised for managing to keep it under wraps...
11 million won't cover the cost of a good B&M or Intamin coaster. It would however cover the cost of a wooden coaster. Perhaps that's where the GCI is going instead of Cedar Point. Since the heading says "ride" and not "expansion", it would rule out a kids area expansion or waterpark. Dark ride? somehow I doubt it.
The GCI wooden coaster makes a lot of sense, but for some reason rcdb.com already has the new coaster listed as being a "sit down" coaster made by B&M, and they have a couple pictures of the track. It is definitely steel, not wood. For the life of me, I cannot find a single sit down B&M built in the last five years for less than $14 mil. I don't know how Carowinds is gonna make anything "record-breaking" or "history-making" for $11 mil. Oh well, we'll find out on the 26th!
Well there is already track on site for a steel coaster, but not enough that you can tell what it will be. It is in the parking lot beside thunder road. Fire enging red on the parts already there.
Just to restate, from the article I read (
I see what your saying about the $11 million might not neccessarily be the total cost of the actual ride.
This is good news. Especially since I have a Cedar Fair road trip in the works for 2011
Thanks for the clarification, Steve. My research proves you out, because there are no B&M sit down coasters out there for $11 mil these days. Even the mid-sized B&M
Hmmm... well, yes, james, some track pieces have been seen... well if you go to youtube and search carowinds 2010, you'll find VERY LITTLE help on the pics... it kinda looks like B&M track, but you don't get a good view... and it's not convincing enough to be B&M, because they build all of their coasters' track the same way... and that looks KINDA like it, as I already said, but not enough...
Eli, the Carowinds site is using hyperbole like "Record Breaking" and "History Making", so the addition has to offer something very new, very big, very tall, or very fast... and if it is "very anything" , it generally means very expensive as well.
It's "history making" because it's the least expensive B&M ever built? ;-)
Well I have lived in Fayetteville for 18 years of my life and have family in Charlotte. So as you can imagine I have been to Carowinds more times than I would like to count, because it is close and we can stay with family and our tickets usually cost us $20-$25. This news makes me very happy because for the past 5 years now I have tried to stay away from Carowinds because it is always the same experience. So my family and I have been leaving the state just to try something new to us that won't bore us to death. But now that I know that there will be a new ride in 2010 I will be there to check it out. I am hoping it is a B&M hyper but if it's not I'm just happy that they are getting something new that I can check out.
Jasmine, you mean the Carolina Cobra wasn't enough to satisfy you for a few years!?! (I'm kidding, of course, everyone knows Vekoma Boomerangs blow!).
Record setting, though, can mean the Tallest coaster in SC or something like that. Since the only other park is the one in Myrtle beach, it wouldn't be that hard to beat. Same thing could apply to 'Fastest coaster in SC' or some other marketing-speak phrase.
James, are you aware it (Hydra) was bought in '04, not '05? Just something to think about...
One thing that amusement parks don't mind doing is touting the cost of their new attraction. The coaster war is all about numbers, and it doesn't seem that Carowinds would brag about a B&M coaster costing 11 million dollars when in reality it was 20-25 million before money moving. They would say it cost 25 million, just like they say it's the tallest 3rd hill and sharpest turn and all that stuff. Unless Cedar Fair negotiated the sale of the century with B&M, the math doesn't add up. I just don't buy the 11 million dollar figure for a Beemer.
Yep, Derek, could be that there are two attractions being added: a coaster and some $11m themed dark ride (HAHAHA - most likely it would be an extreme flat ride - alas). Two additions would be the best possible outcome, if you ask me.
Whoa, James, he had friends here?
There was a WHOLE BUNCH of sarcasm in my comment.
Great feedback from all. I think the best point made is that the $11 million is "technically" just the York County, SC portion - could be more $$$ involved?? My editor would slap me around for jumping the gun and calling it an "$11 Million Ride" in the headline - good insight!
Justin, I want to state that I stole that insight from Jonathan over at Carowinds Connection. I wasn't remotely motivated enough to read the whole article...
Firstly, I am assuming that we can all agree that it WILL be a coaster: Cedar Fair=COASTERS!! So I'm just throwing this out there, but what if the new coaster is an inward first drop coaster of >90 degrees? There aren't ANY in the US (history making). Only 2 in the world: Vild-Svinet in Denmark and Typhoon in Belgium; both with first drops of 97 degrees. It could be the tallest/fastest inward first drop coaster in the world (record breaking).
Maverick's first drop is 95 degrees. Fahrenheit has a 97 degree first drop. Steel Hawg has a 120 degree drop. So I think that record is unlikely (or I'm totally misunderstand what you mean, which is entirely possible).
Well, "steves", first off, B&M would NEVER attempt to brake a record for that matter. They are just too professional. ;) And steve lee, Steel Hawg's drop is 111 degrees, and this year, that record was broken by another el loco S&S coaster, Mumbo Jumbo, with a drop of 112 degrees. The steepest drop in the US besides SH is Fahrenheit with a drop of 97 degrees, and I think Maverick is next with a drop of 95 degrees. Both of those are made by Intamin.
I have always felt that the Vekoma Boomerang is disappointing because it feels like half of a good coaster. You know, it's short and....well, short. So, for $11m, maybe they are going to build the second half of the Carolina Cobra? It will be the first Vekoma Boomerang in the history of the world that actually feels like a finished product!
Haha ok james. I was editing and making mine while you responded :D
My mistake, Eli. The press release for Steel Hawg stated it was 120 degrees. Wouldn't be the first time plans changed. I wasn't trying to debate with the other Steve; I was just pointing out that there were already >90 degree drops in the US...
Oh, yeah I know, it's just I think someone got mixed up. Like you didn't totally understand what he meant, I think
We know it's a steel coaster from the track that's already there. Secondly, the area they have started construction on is huge! There is no way this can be an $11 million ride. It has to be something screwy with the numbers.
the track parts i saw 2day were definitely b&m. it looked like standard sit down track
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