We have heard reports that Carowinds is considering a double launch Mack coaster for their 2019 project. Now keep in mind that this is coming from Screamscape's "exclusive sources", so it is far from a confirmed thing, but it is a possibility given how certain they sound about it.
If so, this would be the first traditional sit down Mack launch coaster we've seen in the US, besides Time Traveler of course. With highly rated rides like Blue Fire and Helix overseas, this could turn into a real treat for those of us who cannot make it out to Europe.
Recently, the trademark "Copperhead Strike" has been filed by Cedar Fair, and would be a good fit for the location of the park, as Copperhead snakes are found along the Eastern US, such as the Carolinas.
Our friend Walter S. has sent us another photo of the site, showing the land almost fully cleared, and ready to begin laying foundations:
While I did originally believe that this would likely be a GCI coaster, now I am more unsure. A launch coaster would be a much better and higher quality fit for the park, given they don't have one at all. No matter what condition Hurler is in, the park at least has a traditional wooden coaster. Pushing a possible RMC project off longer would prevent the coaster cannibalizing off of Twisted Timbers.
With the level that Cedar Fair has been pushing Carowinds lately, a project like this is definitely more unique and should attract more people. At least in my opinion, a Mack launcher would definitely hasten my visit faster than a run of the mill GCI.
Screamscape also has a mock layout, which I will not post, because it is too speculative. According to them, the ride will have a dual launch element, and include 2-3 inversions, along with tight turns, and a top hat.
This could definitely be the dark horse for Cedar Fair's best coaster addition in 2019, given their "big project" is the dive coaster at Canada's Wonderland. Mack is one of the quickest growing and most exciting manufacturers in the industry right now.
A reader has sent us a photo of the Carowinds construction site today, coming from Windseeker. As you can see, demolition of the old land is moving along quite quickly. From the release of our last video to yesterday, Sand Dune Lagoon is completely gone, and White Water Falls' old trough is also being torn apart.
At the rate that they are moving, I wouldn't be surprised to see site markers or footers being dug by the time summer rolls around.
We will keep you updated, as always. Also, feel free to send us any construction photos or updates that you may have! It helps us to continue producing content on a regular basis.
Carowinds Project Alpha 2019
Shame on me... I have already posted a YouTube video on this subject, but totally forgot to update the main site. Carowinds already has planning documents in place for a project named "Alpha". Land clearing is seen happening in the old White Water Falls and Sand Dune Lagoon sites.
This area is around 4 acres in size and many people are already pointing to a new roller coaster addition. Based off of what the park needs, they currently don't have a good thrill-scale wooden coaster, or any form of launch coaster.
Many people believe that the leading candidate is a GCI wooden coaster. Canada's Wonderland is currently getting the "big" project for 2019, so Carowinds is more likely to get a "B level" project in the investment scale of a wooden coaster.
If they go through with the plans, this gives them an opportunity to sacrifice Hurler down the line, without having to worry about a flagship park going without a wooden coaster. In the video, I mentioned the possibility of renovating Hurler with a launch, so that they meet that need down the line (in the style of Maverick of Lightning Rod).
I'm not going to mention too much more here, or give more updates until we see something happen, but the video can be seen here:
Kennywood teases land clearing
I don't think many people would be excited over a pile of dirt, but Kennywood is using it to tease land clearing for the 2019 roller coaster that has been teased for a few years now. Even though Tomas Town is the big update for this season, Kennywood is already generating excitement.
There is still no clear answer to what type of coaster the park will be adding, but the location of this picture is indeed right around the old Log Jammer plot. This coaster has the potential to be HUGE. We will keep you updated on any and all rumors we hear regarding this project.
Plans are falling into place once again for Carowinds. Four classic flat rides will be added to the "New County Fair" area, and Carolina Cobra is getting re-themed to The Flying Cobras.
Each ride will add something for everyone, whether its thrill seekers, or families. This also kills two birds with one stone by giving the area some rehab. Three of these rides are staples that every park should have, while the Top Scan will be a unique thrill that should please the masses. Hopefully these rides have some good up-time.
Also for 2017, WinterFest will be added to the park, and it entails:
Deck the halls with this larger than life event as the park transforms into a spectacular winter wonderland filled with magnificent displays of lights and holiday décor.
All in all, it will be another blockbuster year for the park, and the County Fair package will be one of the best flat packages we have seen in a while.
Reason: I do have a soft spot for many of these rides, but altogether it is very extensive and offers something for everyone. Plus aesthetically it looks outstanding.