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22 Nov 2014 12:45 - 22 Nov 2014 12:46 #25 by Bad_Meds
Bad_Meds replied the topic: Fury 325 Construction Update #3

thom25 wrote: 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.


I don't have a subscription to read the rest of the story... but the General Manager saying ""It will shoot you up pretty high" confirms they got the go-ahead and it will probably be a Slingshot.

www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/print-edit...inds-just-watch.html
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22 Nov 2014 15:13 #26 by thom25
thom25 replied the topic: Carowinds General Discussion Thread
Excellent point - a Sling Shot does appear likely.

We're planning on being at the park the first week of December (next week) and will try to get more confirmation.

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24 Nov 2014 22:45 #27 by Bad_Meds
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26 Nov 2014 16:24 - 26 Nov 2014 16:25 #28 by Bad_Meds
Bad_Meds replied the topic: Carowinds General Discussion Thread
2015 Slingshot ride anybody? :)

from General Manager Michael Fehnel on his Facebook page: "Interesting that I found this item today. Where is it?"
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05 Dec 2014 01:46 - 06 Dec 2014 04:08 #29 by BrandonStrouphauer
BrandonStrouphauer replied the topic: Fury 325 Construction Update #4 - The Topping Off!
Fury 325 has reached 325 feet! Earlier today, Carowinds crowned the beast that is going to be Fury 325... All-American Thrills and ALTair were there to capture this historic and groundbreaking milestone!

Watch the amazing video:

If you're having issues watching the above video, click here

Now, onto the pictures from today:


This is all new since our last update.


One more piece to go!


The topping piece being installed! One of the great things about ALTair is that it can capture unique views such as this one, level with the 325 lift hill.


There's a Christmas tree up there!


325 feet tall - it's been topped!

Fury 325 is looking even better than I expected, and cannot wait for the next ALTair update to see how much more steel has been added - there's a lot more to go!
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10 Dec 2014 16:58 - 10 Dec 2014 17:04 #30 by Bad_Meds
Bad_Meds replied the topic: Fury 325 Construction Update #4 - The Topping Off!
Official PR Announcement for 2015 SlingShot:

www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/carowin...-2015-300007802.html

Carowinds Announces Second New Ride for 2015
SlingShot will catapult riders nearly 300-feet high, give them brief weightlessness, then rotate them head-over-heels while bouncing up and down


CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As Carowinds construction crews build the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325, the park announced a second new ride Wednesday called the SlingShot. It will also debut in the Spring of 2015.

A pair of cables will catapult the two-person capsule nearly 300-feet into the air – nearly as high as the Statue of Liberty – at speeds up to 60 mph. After some brief weightlessness, riders will zoom back toward the ground, often rotating head-over-heels and bouncing up and down until they come to rest at the launch point.

The ride will be an additional charge attraction; costs are being determined. SlingShot marks the second new ride at Carowinds for 2015.

"Carowinds will be a destination for thrill-seekers," says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds' vice president and general manager. "We'll have two of the 10 tallest rollercoasters in North America, a total of 14 roller coasters – which is something that only three parks worldwide can top – and now we'll have two new ways for riders to scream with joy at roughly 300 feet in the air."

Like Fury 325, the SlingShot will be visible from uptown Charlotte, renewing the park's skyline along Interstate 77 and serving as a symbol of changes to come. The new rides are part of a planned $50 million multiyear investment plan to bring new life to founder Pat Hall's original vision for Carowinds. The park is being revamped from top to bottom to celebrate Carolina culture, including new rides, attractions and food from different regions.
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11 Dec 2014 00:17 #31 by thom25
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This has been rumored for months and GREAT to see it's finally confirmed. I can not wait to try all three (3) of their 300 foot attractions next spring !

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17 Dec 2014 13:41 #32 by thom25
thom25 replied the topic: Carowinds General Discussion Thread
Carowinds GM Michael Fehnel posted an interesting picture to Twitter (below) on Tuesday morning, showing off where two midway game stalls have been removed from the pathway across from the entrance to Hurler, along with the quote, “Alright… Where did the games go that were in front of #FURY325???”

Screamscape suggests that this would be a perfect site for the park’s newly confirmed SlingShot upcharge ride, especially as the old midway stands that used to be here saw little traffic anyway.

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