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ethancoaster

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  1. It’s a Mack. The footers are from Mack, there was literally a box in the shipping area with ‘Mack’ on it. http://carowindsconnection.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4820 A surprising amount of enthusiasts think it was just a red herring, but enthusiasts tend to overestimate their importance to the park. They’re not going to go to these lengths just to “fake enthusiasts”, the vast majority of guests visiting the park don’t know or care what Mack is.
  2. I don’t see how that’s a valid argument at all. Obviously I’m overjoyed with the fact that Carowinds is receiving the investment it is, but my statement was based on observable facts. Cedar Fair believes they can grow Carowinds in the market that it’s in, and they’ve been seeing positive results so far. Ergo, it will continue to receive heavy investment. I mean honestly, do you think the heads of a BILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION are playing favorites? That they’re doing this because they like Carowinds enthusiasts so much? No! We make up less than 1% of their annual attendance, maybe even less than half of that. They’re doing this because they see the opportunity to make more money in the short term at Carowinds than at Kings Island, and if a few coaster boys are upset with that, so be it. They’re going to target the parks that can grow the most so they can grow their bottom line. At some point in the future, Carowinds will be exactly where Kings Island is today: a regional park with 3 Million+ annual attendance that properly serves it market. And when that day comes, they’ll be receiving the same amount of investment yearly. For now, Carowinds is playing catch-up.
  3. Lol at y'all thinking Kings Island is going to get the shaft. The four growth parks are exactly what they sound like: parks that have the opportunity to grow. The Kings parks, Wonderland, and the other CF parks that many believe to be "neglected" are perfectly sized for their markets. Therefore they don't need the aggressive investment that the growth parks need to properly position themselves in their markets. But no, Kings Island went a year without adding a coaster despite the fact that they received two in the last four years. Obviously the park is neglected. Smh enthusiasts sometimes...
  4. Honestly I'm surprised Cedar Fair would allow one of CP's sister parks to break their records so soon. I mean it's not totally out of left field with Fury, but it's still surprising. Then again, I doubt people in Toronto are going to care about a coaster in Sandusky, and vice versa. So build away!
  5. This is the manufacturer that was told to Screamscape, and I'm a bit inclined to believe him this time.
  6. I don’t know, given the regional ties the Copperhead has to the area, I’d be surprised if this wasn’t the name of Carowinds’ new attraction. But they can always change it later (e.g. Shot Rod to Lightning Rod).
  7. I think two relatively under-served markets in the U.S. with established theme parks are Denver and Seattle. Denver's got Elitch, but it looks like the current owners are looking to move the park to a new location. If Cedar Fair were to do some make some sort of agreement with Elitch, they could build it into a medium-sized park a la Valleyfair or Worlds of Fun. Seattle has Wild Waves, but while the population is there to support something larger, it may not be the most attractive market due to weather. On top of that, the park is landlocked with only 70 acres of property. Only way I could see this working is if they bought additional land away from the main park to move the water park.
  8. Looks like we've got our first rendering of the hotel as well as a description: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/02/12/carowinds-plans-development-on-northeast-side-of.html
  9. I wouldn't count on it, the tolls were just built in late 2014. In all likelihood, considering the site is being developed in both states, it'll be closer to the freeway.
  10. I'll most likely go in this parcel of land near the toll booths, outside of Catawba Trace Rd: https://www.google.com/maps/@35.104883,-80.9318156,457m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en
  11. How much you wanna bet they'll be called "FUNbands" when they implement these?
  12. That twisted looper could provide the experience they want from a wing coaster at a much cheaper price. Wouldn't be surprised to see a few pop up soon.
  13. Yet Kings Dominion fans will still complain. "Well it's about time!"
  14. At first, I didn't understand why this was so upsetting, but this editorial provides some nice context. Disney invested so much into fixing Eisner's mistake. And now they're slapping down an IP, one that has nothing to do with the theme of the park, onto an original attraction. It'd be like if Knott's replaced Calico Mine with some sort of EA VR attraction after investing so much money into restoring Ghost Town. This is a stark reminder that the juggernaut Disney, who usually hits it out of the park with every new attraction, is still capable of fault.
  15. Photo from the Koaster Kids' Facebook page:
  16. Rocky Mountain Construction no longer offers re-tracking using their topper track... at least, I think.
  17. Carowinds wouldn't have gotten Fury under Kinzel's Cedar Fair either. Ouimet is truly the best thing that has happened to the company.
  18. I wonder if any of the Winterfest Events will show up. Has Knott's Merry Farm ever placed in the Top 5?
  19. Rob looked a bit sad when he accepted the award for Fury 325. Lightning Rod just missed the cutoff for the Top Ten Wooden Coasters. That's still impressive considering the delays. I wonder how it would've placed had more people ridden it.
  20. Did they already announce the best new ride and best wood/steel coasters?
  21. The park's Facebook page is gone: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aurora-OH/Geauga-Lakes-Wildwater-Kingdom/319835339639
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