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Carowinds Introduces Copperhead Strike
Monday, October 29, 2018
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According to Lisa Stryker, communications director for the Charlotte, N.C. amusement park Carowinds, Copperhead Strike is about to change things up.

Copperhead Strike is the first double launch roller coaster in the Carolinas, and it’s coming for the 2019 season. Set to open in the spring, the ride is designed to simulate getaway cars racing through a landscape of rolling farmland. Riders traverse two launches through a winding ride that lasts over half a mile. The ride is nothing if not innovative, with three 16-passenger trains. The trains are designed to resemble the look of 1930s coupes, and the ride’s dynamics positions guests low to the ground, creating driver-like thrills.

Copperhead Strike is designed and manufactured by Mack Rides of Waldkirch, Germany.

Pat Jones, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager says “Copperhead Strike adds a completely different experience than our other world-class coasters, giving our guests a diverse park-wide experience.”

From the station, riders first enter a Jojo roll, followed by a fast launch to a 360° loop, the second of five inversions. Twists, flips, turns, all lead into a second launch without a slow-down, and a hang-time loop.

The coaster itself is a central component of a new immersive themed area of the park. Called Blue Ridge Junction, it’s dedicated to the beauty and culture of the Carolinas themselves, specifically the Blue Ridge Mountain Region. Covering seven acres, the area includes new culinary offerings at the Blue Ridge Country Kitchen.

The thrilling themed coaster and the new themed area are the most visible changes to the park itself, but other features will also bring changes to Carowinds in the coming year, Stryker reports. A 130-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott is scheduled to open later in the year, and a dormitory to house students will provide additional accommodations. Why a dorm? It’s designed to be used for full internship programs for travel and tourism students.

Combined with the Blue Ridge Junction area, these changes are not only the biggest but the most cost-intensive for the park since its inception in 1973.

“This is a clear demonstration of our commitment to being the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas for families and thrill seekers alike,” Jones attests, adding that the new dining and hotel options will bring more guests to the park “for generations to come.”
Carowinds comprises 400-acres on the border of North and South Carolina, and features over 60 rides, shows, and attractions including 13 roller coasters and a 26-acre water park, Carolina Harbor. The park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment.

2018 brought additional family fun to the park, with a new Camp Snoopy taking over the kid‘s area of the park in March of this year. Five new rides for tots include Pig Pen's Mud Buggies and Camp Bus. Kids could run and burn off plenty of steam at the 8,000-square-foot climb and play area which was shaded from the summer sun. with plenty of shade. A new fountain was centrally located with shaded areas for families to relax and gather.

Making room for this attraction area, the park’s popular Character Carousel was relocated, updated, and renamed as the Grand Carousel. It has its own pavilion in Carousel Park Plaza, which has also been renovated.

Over the summer, the park ran the Great Carolina Fest, celebrating all things from the Carolinas, including food, music, hometown-style games, and beverages. Guests could enjoy new dining options such as a smoked brisket bacon cheeseburger, Carolina bird dog sandwich, and for dessert, s’mores funnel cake.
Also debuting this summer was a new and glittering Cirque production. The 2018 season also included a new, signature event - the Great Carolina Fest. Running in June, the event included local Lowcountry bands and local arts and crafts.
Coming up this fall: The Great Pumpkin Fest, Scarowinds, and Winterfest. During the day, The Great Pumpkin Fest features family-friendly Halloween attractions until 5 p.m., including a costume parade thrown by Snoopy, a foam zone, and a hay bale maze, along with regular rides. There’s pedal-powered tractors and a bubble filled Lucy Mummy Pit; trick or treating starts at 3 p.m.

In the evening, the park becomes Scarowinds, with adult thrills such as Zombie High School and the hospital-themed Urgent Scare. The Dark Harvest maze features a frightening corn field with come-alive scarecrows. Chilling fun abounds in scare zones as well, such as Carnevil and the nautical themed Deadman’s Landing. Three shows also run at the event, including the junkyard-set Blood Drums, and the arena rock sounds of Rocktoberfest. Rides are open too, with favorites such as Screamweaver soaring above the monster-driven mayhem below.

Winterfest offers holiday-themed attractions from strolling carolers to a 70-foot tree; festive treats at the Candy Cane Café, and a Broadway-style production of  Charlie Brown, the Peanuts gang and a cast of 18 singers and dancers in Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular Live Show.

Through the end of this year, guests can purchase season passes at low prices that include unlimited visits for the rest of 2018 and all of 2019.

Ticket pricing for 2018/2019 included a new-in-2018 Pre-K Pass, allowing free admission for kids 3 to 5 years old. Registration for this bargain concluded June 17th.

The Gold Pass now on sale includes unlimited visits and free parking for the rest of 2018 and 2019; renewing pass holders also receive one free Fast Lane Plus and one free Bring A Friend ticket valid until October 28th. Passes are $105. The park’s platinum pass offer provides the same benefits as the Gold Pass plus the ability to visit all Cedar Fair Parks nationwide. Fall daytime admission ticket packages – including admission to The Great Pumpkin Fest starts at $29.99.

Gold and Platinum pass holders can also experience, for free, Dinosaurs Alive! Which includes 50-animatronic dinosaurs including several that guests themselves can control. It’s the return of a classic attraction that includes a dig site. Admission for non-pass holders is $5.

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