Carowinds has had quite a run over the past few years – new main entrance and Fury 325 in 2015, Carolina Harbor in 2016, and the all-new County Fair section filled with classic flat rides just to name a few. But, the park is sure to add even more great thrills and attractions for many years to come. While this is certain to be true, there are a few additions that are at the top of Team Coaster Addict’s list; here are a six things other than new major roller coasters (which are always welcomed) that we would love to see become a reality at Carowinds!
Battle For Carowinds!
If you do not know it by now, many people on Team Coaster Addict are BIG fans of the new augmented reality (AR) trend happening at some select Cedar Fair parks. This fun, new addition has so much potential for the park and its daily guests. It is a fun game that park goers can play, and it enables the park to interact with guests in all-new ways that were previously not really possible. After the award-winning success that Holovis and Cedar Point had in 2016, Cedar Fair took its partnership with Holovis to a new level when it introduced the enhance (version 2.0) battle app experience at Kings Dominion and also updated the Battle For Cedar Point app with similar new experiences. Will another Cedar Fair park get this AR experience? If so, Carowinds should definitely be on the short list of parks to get it in 2018. Count us in for Team Fury 325 and Battle For Carowinds!
Upgraded Planet Snoopy Area
It has been a few years since the park received an upgrade to Planet Snoopy. With sister-park Kings Dominion getting a nice upgrade for 2017, maybe 2018 will be a great time to add some more family fun into the park. Of course, we’d be excited to get a new kiddie coaster as well (although we do not anticipate that happening).
In conjunction with a kid’s area upgrade, let’s take another idea that really worked at Kings Dominion, the Pre-K Pass program. This is a perfect solution for parents with young toddlers. Many parents who might otherwise purchase a season pass sometimes abstain because they just don’t see the value in paying full price for their toddler. As a result, the park loses out on a passholder and the revenue that comes from their multiple visits each season. If Carowinds also implements a Pre-K pass, more parents would likely buy their own season gold or platinum passes if they knew that they toddler could get their Pre-K pass for free. Heck, maybe the parents buy a platinum pass and register their toddlers at both Carowinds and Kings Dominion (if offered) in 2018.
The new trend in waterparks seems to be the water coaster. While the slides are fun, this new popular attraction seems to be coming to a few new parks each year. What was once an attraction that was only found at a limited number of parks across the country is now being added at more parks. Adding a water coaster would be a great fit for the extremely hot summers that guests experience in the Carolinas! It would likely draw additional crowds at Carolina Harbor; of course, this type of attraction would likely come when/if the park decisions to expand the waterpark in the next few years, but why not add it in 2018? We would not complain!
Upgrade the Campground
We love the cabins at Camp Wilderness, but some could use a few upgrades. Also, the campground could use a few more camping plots and some new cabins, especially larger ones that will accommodate more people as the park continues to grow its audience and overall attendance. We love “The Lodge,” but it could use some upgrades a few more cabins like it. We really thought this would have happened in 2016 or 2017, but maybe 2018 is the year for this.
If Carowinds is to become the defacto Cedar Point of the south, it is only right that it gets a flagship hotel on or near the park’s property. This seems like something that will eventually happen, but little is known when construction might begin. If the park announced something like this at the end of the year, maybe this becomes something that opens in 2019. In any event, we love staying on-property at amusement and theme parks that offer it. A hotel at Carowinds would be no exception! Heck, if the park got big enough and drew even larger crowds, maybe Carowinds could have two hotels over time – one in North Carolina and one in South Carolina (both with appropriate theming).
So, what do you think? What should Carowinds add in the next few years?