Fury 325 vs Intimidator: Differences & Similarities

Intimidator & Fury 325: Differences & Similarities Carowinds new roller coaster, Fury 325, will be immediately compared to the park’s former marquee ride, Intimidator. It’s a fair comparison as they have the same designer (Bolliger & Mabillard), similar train designs, and are both sky-scraping steel rides visible from miles around. While they are similar, the ride’s d...[Read More]

The Longest Roller Coasters in the World

The 10 Longest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Longest Roller Coasters in the World? This list of record-holders is among the most diverse from a geographic stand-point. Europe, Asia, and North America are all represented in this list of lengthy rides. I’ve ridden Fury 325, The Beast, Millennium Force, and The Voyage. All four were excellent rides; not just long for t...[Read More]

The Tallest Roller Coasters in the World

What are the tallest roller coasters in the World? I’m kicking off Superlative Sundays with one of the most popular roller coaster records, height. The table below lists the 10 tallest roller coasters in the World from tallest to shortest. The 10 Tallest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Tallest Roller Coasters in the World? I’m lucky enough to live in the United ...[Read More]

TPS Report – The Smiler Accident, The Bat, & More News

Theme Park News Update – Late October/Early November I’ve been away from the blog for quite some time. So, I thought that I’d share some of the biggest news stories of the past couple of weeks. In a good old TPS Report (TPS = Theme Park Syndicate), here’s what’s been happening in the theme park world: Accident on The Smiler: Riders Hit By Debris (Guide Wheels) In what...[Read More]

Plans for Carowinds' 300 Foot Tall Giga Roller Coaster Surface

Earlier this week, a Charlotte Business Journal article revealed details of a closed session between Carowinds and the local government. The Charlotte, NC area theme park is seeking about $922,000 in incentives for its planned expansion. We knew the expansion included a three year $53 million dollar investment by parent company Cedar Fair. We learned two weeks ago that 2014’s plans include t...[Read More]

Carowinds Announces New Water Slides & Upgraded Dining for 2014

Today, Carowinds announced what we can expect from the first year of the 3 year $50 million dollar investment. In 2014, Carowinds will open two new water slides in the park’s water park Boomerang Bay. Surfer’s Swell and Dorsal Fin Drop will bulk up the park’s water slide offerings. Here’s more from the official press release: Surfer’s Swell will travel a total of 263 feet; ...[Read More]

Could Carowinds' $50 Million Investment Make it the 'Cedar Point of the South'?

Cedar Fair announced plans for a multi-year $50 million investment of Charlotte, NC park Carowinds that will include new rides, restaurants, and infrastructure upgrades. While Carowinds already boasts 13 roller coasters, we may start seeing what was meant by the “Cedar Point of the South” statement mentioned at an enthusiast event years ago. Here’s a statement from Cedar FairR...[Read More]

Carowinds Dinosaurs Alive Review

Carowinds Dinosaurs Alive Review Last week, Carowinds opened their new attraction for 2013, Dinosaurs Alive!. It’s a new section within the park that features life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. A gift shop located between Planet Snoopy and Afterburn has been turned into the entrance for Dinosaurs Alive!. Passing through the gift shop, you wind your way around a short path before reaching the ...[Read More]

Behind the Scares – Scarowinds 2012 Trip Report Part 3

And now, for the conclusion of my Scarowinds trip report. In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 including a makeup demonstration and a trip through Carowinds’ longest maze, Cornstalkers and here’s Part 2 including a tour of park’s best haunt Asylum and an inside look at Intimidator. Scarowinds Opens Next, we were escorted to the front where guests were being held before the ...[Read More]

Behind the Scares – Scarowinds 2012 Trip Report Part 2

And now, for Part 2 of 3 from my Scarowinds trip report. In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 including a makeup demonstration and a trip through Carowinds’ longest maze, Cornstalkers. Asylum – Regarded as Cedar Fair’s Best Haunt Cedar Fair had deemed Asylum the best haunt in the whole chain in 2008. So, I knew we were about to have quite a tour. Jack shared that Asylum is ...[Read More]

Behind the Scares: Scarowinds 2012 Trip Report Part 1

I joined CoasterCrew earlier this week for their Haunt Event at Scarowinds. It was great as I was given a special behind-the-scenes look at how these Halloween-themed events come together. I arrived at the park around 5 PM; hours before Carowinds transforms into Scarowinds. It was a sunny afternoon and I knew the park was going to take on a much different vibe in a few hours as night fell and the ...[Read More]

Coaster Crew’s Haunt Event Weekend

I’ll be attending a Coaster Crew event this weekend. This Friday, October 17th through Sunday, October 19th Coaster Crew will be having their Haunt Event Weekend of Fright. Events differ by park, but they include: first access to roller coasters, behind-the-scenes ride tours, lights on tours of haunt mazes, a meal, discounts for fast lane fright lane passes, behind-the-scenes make-up tours, ...[Read More]

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