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14 Jul 2014 16:44 #17 by BrandonStrouphauer
BrandonStrouphauer replied the topic: Carowinds Announcement
The Carowinds Attraction 2015 announcement is on August 21st... We're ready for the details!

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26 Jul 2014 18:58 #18 by BrandonStrouphauer
BrandonStrouphauer replied the topic: Carowinds Continues Teasing 2015
Carowinds posted this on their Facebook page today:


With the caption... "We can't call it the Charlotte Coliseum. That name's been used before. #Carowinds2015"

Hmm... Very interesting!
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01 Aug 2014 15:41 #19 by BrandonStrouphauer
BrandonStrouphauer replied the topic: New Carowinds General Manager
Mike Fehnel, former VP and General Manager of Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, is now the Vice President and General Manager at Carowinds!

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21 Aug 2014 15:50 - 23 Aug 2014 19:20 #20 by thom25
thom25 replied the topic: Fury 325
Carowinds has announced Fury 325, the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster - Coming to the park Spring 2015!

Carowinds to Reach Exciting New Heights
The world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster will connect the beloved Carolina park’s historic past with its thrilling future



Charlotte, NC (August 21, 2014) – For more than 40 years, Carowinds has been the place where the Carolinas come together. It’s
where the Tar Heel State and the Palmetto State meet. It’s where families and friends bond over thrilling rides and entertainment.
Carowinds will now unite its storied history with its future as the standard for thrills by unleashing Fury 325, the world’s tallest and
fastest giga coaster.



Fury 325 will simulate the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of the hornet. The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte,
renewing the park’s skyline and serving as a symbol of changes to come. Fury 325 is part of a planned $50 million dollar multiyear
investment to bring new life to founder Pat Hall’s original vision for Carowinds. The park will be revamped from top to bottom to
celebrate Carolina culture including new rides and attractions, signature Carolina food offerings and entertainment. Opening in
Spring 2015, Fury 325 will be the centerpiece of a new 8.2 acre main entrance plaza that includes a state-of-the-art ticketing and
season pass processing area and expanded guest service facilities.

“Starting with Fury 325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrillseekers to celebrate the Carolinas,” says Mike Fehnel,
Carowinds vice president and general manager. “The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and
traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.”



Riders will board into three 32-passenger open air trains and begin their ascent to the top of a 325-foot (over 30 stories) hill. This
immense hill is followed by an exhilarating 81 degree first drop. Like an angry hornet chasing its target, Fury 325 will race through a
series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Riders will speed along 6,602 feet of
track during the nearly three and one half minute ride.

“The tradition of the park is so important to those who have grown up here,” says Fehnel. “It’s long overdue that we gave our fans a
new energy surrounding Carowinds, which will build on our legacy as the premiere entertainment destination for generations of
Carolinians.”



Those who can’t wait until Spring 2015 to experience Fury 325 can take a virtual ride at carowinds.com/fury325 where they can also
check out photos, virtual renderings, ride stats and more. This Fall, fans can purchase a 2015 season pass or renew current season
passes for the lowest price of the year at carowinds.com. Fury 325 is designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) of
Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development and the same firm that brought Vortex to
Carowinds in 1992, Afterburn in 1999, and The Intimidator™ in 2010.


Teaser video and POV can be viewed below:






Directly after the announcement, ALTair went for a flight to check out the Fury 325 construction site!


Pictured here is Merle Braley, who attended the Fury 325 announcement representing ALT. Merle also is an ALTair Pilot in the Carowinds area.






The construction site is massive!

The layout of Fury 325, which flies under and over a new park entrance plaza! The coaster has over 6,600 feet of track!


Now, onto coverage of the announcement which took place on August 21st at Carowinds:


Presentation were made by :
Mike Fehnel, VP and General Manager for Carowinds


Cedar Fair COO Richard Zimmerman,


John Taylor, Director of Marketing for Carowinds.


At 325 feet, 95 MPH, and over 6,600 feet of track, Fury 325 is certain to be the world class attraction.

All-American Thrills joins Snoopy in our mutual excitement for Fury 325, and congratulates Carowinds on this historic announcement. We're ready to watch this be built and ride it this spring!
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01 Sep 2014 00:32 - 01 Sep 2014 00:33 #21 by thom25
thom25 replied the topic: Fury 325 Construction update from ALTair
As you know, All-American Thrills attended the press conference for the announcement of Fury 325.

ALTair contributor Merle Braley represented ALT and provided the following pictures. The video stock was supplied by Merle and produced by ALT

Enjoy the pictures, while some great close ups are below:

We can not thank the Entire Carowinds team enough for their hospitality, and Merle Braley for covering this exciting event.

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30 Sep 2014 00:01 #22 by BrandonStrouphauer
BrandonStrouphauer replied the topic: Fury 325 Construction Update #2
Here is our second Fury 325 construction update from ALTair!

Watch the FULL video update here:


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Be sure to watch the full video update above. We'll be back in a few weeks with our third Fury 325 construction update - and that one will feature STEEL!
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23 Oct 2014 00:45 - 24 Oct 2014 19:59 #23 by BrandonStrouphauer
BrandonStrouphauer replied the topic: Fury 325 Construction Update #3
Here's our third Fury 325 construction update, which is the first one include steel track and supports!



Full video update:


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Thanks for reading! Our ticket giveaway winners were Roxanne Calonaheskie and Tommy Michael Tillman, they have been contacted via Facebook messages.
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28 Oct 2014 11:46 #24 by thom25
thom25 replied the topic: Fury 325 Construction Update #3
Screamscape reports that Carowinds might be added a second ride for 2015. This one would be an upcharge ride, much like the Ripcord skycoaster ride, but would be a new Slingshot style ride standing somewhere between 240 and 300 feet tall. Right now it’s said to be in the hands of Cedar Fair HQ and the site has already been soil tested and surveyed, so if they get the go-ahead this could go up very quickly.

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