In the summer of 2014, Carowinds announced that they were redesigning their front plaza and building the world’s tallest and fastest gigacoaster. Fast forward to March 25 (3-25), and Fury 325 is now open! The new entry toll plaza and ticketing plaza are top notch. I love the fact that the significance of the state lines that the park lies on are still integrated with a big American flag on the state border. Walking to the new plaza gives some amazing views of Fury’s flyovers and dive tunnel. I especially love the “sneeze guards” on the bridge above the dive under the bridge. Carowinds absolutely blew the design elements around Fury out of the water – honeycomb inserts in the queue line, hexagon shape of the planter, the Fury 325 sign, the sun shades in the honeycomb shape, and finally the tunnel’s honeycomb shape. The sight of this ride is simply stunning. Plus, the turns make you wonder if the simple lap belt is enough.
The ride up the lift hill is nothing short of maddening. We chose the last row. When the front of the car is cresting over the hill, we were out of our seats. The trip down the first hill seems to take forever. The speed is real so powerful that my vision was a little fuzzy. The first over banked turn was so fun. Honestly, the flyover [over] the new plaza was so quick that I really didn’t remember to get a view. But the vertical turn before the tunnel was designed to maximize airtime. The final hills were awesome as well. I will say that the ride seemed to take forever to complete, and that is a compliment because who likes a short roller coaster experience, right?
Overall I will give it a perfect 10. There is not one complaint I have about Fury 325. Way to go Carowinds… I can now say I have ridden on a record-breaking coaster!