Intimidator Coming to Carowinds in 2010

Roller Coaster News

UPDATE – 3/30/10 Intimidator’s open! Watch an official POV video and read some reviews here: Carowinds’ Intimidator Reviews & POV Video


Intimidator at Carowinds LogoIt’s official, Intimidator will dominate Carowinds skyline in 2010. At 232′ (23 stories), this massive new coaster will be the longest, tallest, and fastest in the South East. It’s also Bolliger & Mabillard’s tallest roller coaster in the U.S. Intimidator will speed its black Chevy Monte Carlo themed trains in excess of 75 mph.

Intimidator Overview - Carowinds 2010

Record Breaking, History Making – 232 Feet Tall – $23 Million
As I predicted, the record is a regional one, but it’s still notable. Intimidator's Airtime Hills - Carowinds 2010As the tallest roller coaster in the South East Intimidator will edge competing Six Flags Over Georgia’s Goliath height by more than 30 feet. The history refers to the fact that the roller coaster will be the park’s largest capital investment in its 37 year history at a total investment of $23 million.

The NASCAR-Earnhardt Theme
All signs pointed to the new roller coaster being named Intimidator. There were the racing theme hints, the Sporting News article stating a rollercoaster with Earnhardt marks will be built at Carowinds, and the day before, the ride’s minisite was discovered at:  www.intimidator.carowinds.com.  Tieing the new roller coaster to NASCAR was a really smart move for the park. Anyone who knows the area knows that this IS NASCAR country. It will bring a lot of attention to the park escpecially with the NASCAR Hall of Fame opening in Charlotte next year.

Early reactions point at its similarity to Diamondback at Kings Island. It will be Me in front of some B&M Intimidator Tracka Bolliger & Mabillard with red track and gray supports. I can already say that it’s going to offer a smooth comfortable ride and have a high ride capacity that should produce fairly quick moving line. These two factors are hallmarks of B&M’s roller coasters.

I will update this post on Thursday with more of my thoughts on the ride’s layout. I’ve uploaded pictures from the media event as well as 6 more shots of the new coaster on my Facebook Page. Check out this fly-over off-ride video of the Intimidator at Carowinds:

What’s Your Take?
What do you think of Carowinds’ Intimidator? Leave a comment below.

115 Comments

  1. You're right JaMeS. It does have the same kind of stadium seating as Diamondback. Quil, check out Carowinds' Intimidator web page and you'll be able to see the detailed picture of the cars somewhere on there.

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  2. Anyone know why, in December 2009 there are a ton of pic of the new coaster at Kings Dominion, but absolutely no construction shots/pics of Carowinds' new coaster? Kings Dominion has a ton. But I can't find any on Carowinds website. Just curious. It's sad that we can't follow it's construction like Kings Dominion's.

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  3. Rollercoaster Dude, there are plenty Intimidator construction photos on Carowinds' minisite: http://intimidator.carowinds.com/public/latest/ga

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  4. the trains are going to be like the diamondback trains

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  5. well that`s going to ruin the capacity.

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  6. that was probably for the Christmas lights..

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  7. Quil, it won't harm the capacity at all. In fact it hold's the same amount of people per train as Goliath at six flags over Georgia. So it will actually have the same capacity as most b&m hypers.

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  8. Okay, thanks Coastercritic. I was looking at their home website, like Kings Dominions, and didn't know how to get to that one. I'll check it out! Merry Christmas.

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  9. And a Happy New Year!

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  10. Happy Hannuka&Kawanza! …are there any more December/January holidays, i`m fresh out.

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  11. dont no if u said it, but christmas

    and, it kind of will ruin capacity even there are all the same seats, cause its only 2 per row

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  12. CC, which do you think are better, B&M Megas, or Intamin Megas.

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    🙂 I got the joke from facebook but i did the type pic. myself, please don`t delete my comment!

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  13. darn it! when i typed it it actualy looked like a sign.

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  14. JaMeS it has the same number of seats as other b&m's so it won't affect capacity.

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  15. i just meant it like 4 single riders, cause there anren't many oppertunities to fill in 2 row seats

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  16. Oh ok. Oh by the way does anyone know if a single rider line has been announced for intimidator? I know they announced it for 305 already.

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  17. JaMeS, you said you only waited in a short line for HRRR, and dosen`t that have 2 seet rows?

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  18. sorry about the double comment, but this just occured to me. by the look of the video, and the pics of the trains on the website, it looked as if the "flying chairs" associated whith most B&M hypers wouldn`t be there. please prove me wrong!

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  19. When I305 and I232 come out, you BETTER have reviews for them FAST. I can't use my Carowinds pass until June(!), and my uncle's claim to let me be first on I305 was a big lie! PLEASE get a review up ASAP(Carowinds opens in March, right?)!

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    • I dont know a bout tcc getting a review up, but I'm going opening day and I will post a review on the fourm and hopfully i will capture a video onride with my camera. Sorry bout I305. Were you lieing or was your uncle?

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      • I DO NOT recommend taking your camera on the ride. If you drop it, it could hit someone and you could ejected from the park or worse. There will surely be professional on-ride videos up soon after it opens.

        The ride should open on opening day which is Saturday, March 27th. I doubt I'll be able to ride it for a while as we'll be welcoming our second baby into the World at about the same time. I'll be sure to highlight the coverage from other sites and early reviews like I did with Diamondback until I can ride it.

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        • Congratulations on the new kid, CC! I perfectly understand how you'll be unable to go. Hope he's as much of a fan of roller coasters as you are.

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      • My uncle was lying, he is part of I305's building crew, and said he got me a ride on I305's maiden run on the front seat, but he was lying.

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        • man that stinks! Well maybe you get to ride it later! I think i might go sometime in June.

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  20. I took some construction photos the other day and I should have a post up with some pictures soon. It looks great!

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