Carowinds is a very nice and well run amusement park. It's a Cedar Fair park located right on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. So yeah. This park is literally right on the border of two different states, so part of the park is in North Carolina, while the other half of the park is in South Carolina. Easy way to get two different state credits. And seriously, this is a really good park. There are a lot of really good coasters here. Not only do they have a really good B&M Hyper and a B&M Invert, but they have one of the few B&M Giga coasters, and that is literally the best coaster I've been on from B&M, without a doubt. Seriously, go read the reviews I have for all those coasters, as well as all the other ones in the park. But on top of that, it has a lot of other really good stuff. I know they have a good flat ride collection, a couple cool rides, a good show, and a decent atmosphere, considering that it's all based on the Carolinas, and the fact that it really is just an overall fun park. It's definetly one of the better Cedar Fair parks. I know for a while, it wasn't one of the best. But all the recent additions over this past decade, with Intimidator and Fury 325 have really put Carowinds on the map for most coaster enthusiasts. Definetly worth a visit if ever in the Charlotte area.
There is a link to a review of all the Rollercoasters at Carowinds.
Fury 325 Review
Really Good Coasters
Carolina Cyclone Review
Flying Cobras Review
Carolina Goldrusher Review
Flying ACE Ariel Chase Review
Woodstock Express Review
Here are the reviews of all the Flat Rides at Carowinds. Let's start out with their drop tower. Drop Zone. The good news. It's an Intamin 2nd Generation Drop Tower. Love that. Those things are a ton of fun. The bad news. It's one of the puny models. Seriously, it's a very small drop tower. And yes. When it comes to drop towers, size does in fact, matter. I know I've joked that I can cliff jump these drop towers, and while that may be true if you subtract the whole section with the brakes, yeah. It may be small, but it's not THAT small. Though seriously, Drop Zone @ Carowinds is in fact, a very small drop tower. And while that may be a real bummer when comparing it to other drop towers, you have to admit, it still is a very fun ride. But don't worry. There are several other fun flat rides at Carowinds. Now the next flat ride is a new addition that they've added since my last visit to the park. Yep. They added a Top Scan. Electro Spin. Hey, whenever a park adds a freaking Top Scan, I'm always happy. These rides are freaking amazing, and I am super happy that another one has made it to the U.S. Seriously, these flat rides are Top 10 Worthy. So I'm super happy that they got one of those this year. Those are without a doubt, the best flat rides. But there are a couple of other fun flat rides. They have an enterprise, which normally, not a big deal. However, this is one of the very rare Schwarzkoph Enterprises, so this is a very rare. And on top of that, it's much stronger than the majority of enterprises. Yes, even better than the European ones with a really good program. They also have a Windseeker. Those are big, and they look really cool. But unless you are afraid of heights, then they're not scary. However, one more flat ride that we rode is worth really talking about. Woodstock's Flyers. Yes, these are flyers. And yes. They are in Planet Snoopy. Why the hell would these be worth mentioning? Simple. These things SNAP!!! These are some of the easiest flyers to snap. So of course, they are good with enthusiasts. Even I got a couple snaps, and I F*CKING SUCK at them. So others who actually are good, they can snap like crazy. And the operators actually encourage this!! Seriously, it's just a ton of fun. They also have a troika, a breakspin, one of those Music Expresses, a falling star, a scrambler, TWO sets of chairswings (One of the old Yo-Yos, and a modern version), a breakspin, one of those evil looping starships (those are freaking TERRIBLE!), some bumper cars, and a classic carousel. Yeah. Carowinds is doing pretty good in the flat ride department.
Small, but fun. Just not as fun as the other much bigger ones. ;)
Now, Carowinds actually does have a couple dark rides. The one I did is technically a 3D Show. But it's still a really fun ride. Yep, I'm talking about Z-Tech. Plants vs Zombies. And...yeah. A whole game where the premise is literally just...plants vs zombies. That's actually a really fun and creative idea. And it does lead to a really cool interactive 3D Show. I mean, you could be a scary zombie! Or you could be a plant! HA!!! NICE!!! But seriously. It's a really fun little interactive 3D Show. Totally worth checking out. On top of that, they apparently also have a regular shooting dark ride. Nothing special, just a typical Boo Blasters ride. But hey. Those are fun rides. I honestly completely forgot about this ride. Otherwise, I probably would've taken a ride on it since it is a fun ride.
Flowers. The secret to defeating the zombies are flowers.
I never rode any of the water rides at Carowinds. But they do have one. A rapids ride called Rip Roaring Rapids. It seems like a fun rapids ride from looking at it. I'm sure it gets you fairly wet, and considering that it can get really hot in the Deep South, this is a good thing. Nothing extreme or out of the ordinary, but still looks like a lot of fun.
And then there's their water park. Carolina Harbor. I never went to it, but from photos I've seen, and from looking at it, It looks like a fun little water park. Probably not gonna check it out anytime soon, but it still seems like a fun water park.
Hey. Trap Door Slides. Those are always fun in a water park.
I did not eat at Carowinds.
Theming and Other Attractions
Here are the reviews of all the other stuff at Carowinds. For theming, well...there is none. Ok, I guess there's a little bit of theming in the kids area. But come on. Planet Snoopy theming is not anything special. It's decent for a kids area, but it should be noted that Carowinds is an amusement park. Not a theme park. Though there is a little bit of atmosphere to the park, and a very big Carolina feel. I know the park really takes advantage of the fact that it's located on the border of North and South Carolina. So that's also part of the charm that this park has. As for other attractions, and stuff to do, there is one show worth talking about. Cirque Imagine. So yeah. It's a Cirque du Soleil show. I know people tend to either love these types of shows or hate them. But regardless of your thoughts on the show, it's pretty good for Cirque du Soleil, and a show like that is not something you expect to see at a big amusement park, like Carowinds. I'm not sure how long this show will be there, or if other really good shows will take its place, but they really did a good job with this show, and I'd definetly recommend giving it a watch. Aside from that, there's just your typical generic stuff. Arcades, midway games, the usual stuff. But yeah. Carowinds is the place you go for roller coasters, not other stuff.
Carowinds is a very fun place to go. It's definetly one of the better Cedar Fair parks and up there as far as sheer amusement parks go. I know when it comes to coaster collections go, people think of places like Cedar Point, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Six Flags Great Adventure as the parks with the biggest and best roller coaster collections. And while that may be true (ignoring all the parks with less coasters, but some of the best), Carowinds really is up there as far as sheer roller coaster collection goes. Not only does it have a lot of coasters, but Fury 325 is one of the best coasters in America, and it has two other really good B&Ms that really bring up Carowinds, as Afterburn is really good, acting very similar to Montu, and Intimidator, depending on how it's running, can be easily one of the better B&M Hyper Coasters. But even aside from all the really good coasters, it has a really good flat ride collection, a couple good dark rides, and what looks like a really good waterpark, right next door to it. So yeah. If you're ever in Charlotte, you really need to check out Carowinds. It really is a good amusement park.
*Are there kiddy coaster restrictions? - No, No, and Yes. There are no restrictions for Flying ACE Ariel Chase or Woodstock Express. But you do need a child to ride Lucy's Crabbie Cabbie.
*Head to Nighthawk first thing in the morning. This ride gets hour long lines later in the day due to bad capacity.
*Be sure to ride Fury 325 many many times.
*Intimidator can really vary on how it runs. Even in the exact same day. So if it's running weak early in the day, give it a second chance if time allows. It just might be running much better later in the day.
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A
(Technically, the park is on the border of North and South Carolina, but it's registered as being in Charlotte)
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Last Day Visited
June 24, 2016
A Carowinds video will be coming soon. Just have to post the review first.
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Deep South Trip 2016
Here's a link to the parks website.