Carowinds plans record-setting coaster, plus more upgrades for 2015
Written by Matt McDonough
It is a good time to be a theme park enthusiast. Carowinds has received a $50 million boost from Cedar Fair to make the Carolina park a world-wide destination. The fresh influx of money is going to go toward the creation of a new entry plaza, Carolina themed dining options and the debut of the largest and fastest gigacoaster, Fury 325.Tweet
First off, Cedar Fair did an outstanding job for this media event last week. It was evident that a lot of care and attention to detail went into this big reveal. Since the park is closed during the week at this time of the year the only people in attendance were the other guests so it was a nice change of pace to walk around a park devoid of crowds.
Guests are first greeted by a red carpet and offered a much appreciated glass of iced sweet tea. All over the park and in the main meeting area, Harmony Hall are strange honeycombs. Even the ice sculpture on the table maintained the theme.
The presentation began with the sounds of hornets buzzing and we were finally let in on the big secret: Fury 325. This is going to be the centerpiece for the new expansion and it is a doozy. Opening in 2015 the new ride promises to be the world’s tallest and fastest Gigacoaster and North America’s longest steel coaster. At 325 feet the ride will reportedly be visible from Uptown Charlotte and feature an 81 degree first drop and “like an angry hornet chasing its target” through a series of hills and drops. Fury 325 promises to launch riders through 6,602 feet of track for 3 and half minutes at a top speed of 95 mph.
The proposed ride sounds phenomenal but take a gander for yourselves:
Carowinds also announced that they will be restructuring the parking lot and adding a new front entrance. In addition, they promised to turn the park into a foodie paradise with lots of Carolina favorites available. After the reveal we were all allowed to sample these new in park offerings.
Most of the food were takes on southern favorites like a pulled-pork-and-slaw sandwich, potato wedges stuffed with pimento cheese, and a rice gumbo dish. While I applaud Cedar Fair for expanding their food selections, there is still room for improvement. The pulled pork sandwich was very light on the pork and the hamburger patty was half the size of the bun. The potato wedge on the other hand was excellent and I hope they keep it on the upcoming menu.
One of the cooler (forgive the pun) aspects was the giant ice sculpture featuring the new Fury logo. It was a spectacular piece of art and also served a function as placed within each honeycomb were mini desserts for patrons to sample.
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