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.
With Six Flags adding many of the "cookie cutter" attractions to their properties for this upcoming season, 4D Free Spins, Justice League, Sky Screamers, and DC Super Friends may be popping up at a park near you. But what happens when most, if not all properties receive these attractions? Six Flags may need to look at new options for rides.
One of those "new" rides could be the Mack Power Splash. This attraction debuted in 2016 at Walibi Belgium as "Pulsar." It stands nearly 150 feet tall, features a 62 mph LSM launch, and has a splash track to soak riders at the end. Like some other shuttle coasters, the cars are launched forwards and backwards up both spikes until they reach top speed. After reaching maximum height, a splash basin fills with water and the boat goes into a splash finale.
Altogether, it's a very unique and exciting ride. Despite water coasters being successful before, this is a very intense one, and does so in a very small footprint. At a cost less than most RMC hybrids, B&M coasters, and dark rides, it is a very viable attraction for most parks.
The Six Flags Dubai project has shown renderings that apparently include this model. So we know that Six Flags is interested. There are also rumors that one could pop up as soon as next season, with Six Flags Fiesta Texas showing rumors of a water ride or coaster.
Many SF parks have been removing shoot-the-chute rides over the past few years, and this could be an excellent replacement. Also, with a capacity of 950 pph, it is not too shabby and beats most shuttle or single train coasters. We know how conservative SF has been lately with the coaster additions, but this could be a very feasible and successful model for them.