Carolina Harbor continues to take shape at Carowinds, a theme park located in Charlotte, NC, which is divided between both North and South Carolina. The park announced on August 27, 2015 that the current Boomerang Bay waterpark would be transformed into the all new Carolina Harbor waterpark, the largest expansion in the park’s history. The waterpark expansion is a $22 million investment, which is in addition to the park’s installment of Fury 325 from 2015, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster at a cost of $30 million.
Carolina Harbor is part of a $50 million investment that is focusing on E. Pat Hall’s vision for Carowinds, to bring new life to the park and bring the Carolinas closer together. As the park continues to update on social media about Carolina Harbor, it was time for news organizations to take a sneak preview at what is to come ashore in 2016.
Beginning our tour around the area, there is a lot of parts that are ready to be assembled. The waterpark attractions are being erected by Southside Constructors of Fort Mill, SC.
Blackbeard’s revenge is will feature 6 different slide experiences and will debut as a first of it’s kind for Carowinds. The structure for the attraction is vertical and the slide pieces are ready for assembly.
Blackbeard’s Revenge will debut with many ride experiences, which will allow guests to experience the many different adventures of Blackbeard.
- Pirate’s Plank will send guests plummeting down a nearly vertical free fall where the floor drops out from underneath.
- Cannonball Drop will twist and turn riders through an enclosed chute with four intense 360- degree turns.
- Captain’s Curse shoots guests down a series of intense drops and turns.
Surf Club Harbor:
Surf Club Harbor will expand the size of Carolina Harbor by offering guests an additional wave pool experience in addition to the current Tidal Wave Bay. This new wave pool will create up to six foot waves in 12 different wave patterns, mimicking the high surf of the Atlantic Ocean
Myrtle Turtle Beach & Kiddy Hawk Cove:
Myrtle Turtle Beach & Kitty Hawk Cove will debut as new children’s areas for the younger guests. There is a lot of construction taking place in addition to repainting and rebranding existing children’s areas to these new attractions.
Seaside Splashworks will debut as a new interactive family attraction. There will be over 80 countless play elements including a giant 423-gallon tipping bucket.
There will be many additional amenities added to Carolina Harbor. The park will be adding Harbor House a new restaurant featuring two 2,400-square foot outdoor seating patios. The restaurant will serve various Carolina favorites including BBQ and seafood. Schooners will be a full-service bar. In addition to these two new additions, there will be volleyball courts added, additional cabana space, an additional 1,100 lounge chairs, upgraded family changing facilities and a new bath house.
This is the new bathhouse under construction
The current family changing rooms will be upgraded
This is the new pump room for the wave pool
Some other changes to mention are that the elephant on the midway near Storm Surge will not return in 2016. There will also be some cosmetic work done on other sections of Carolina Harbor as well.
The elephant of Carolina Harbor will not return in 2016
Storm Surge received a fresh coat of paint for Carolina Harbor rebranding
Planning a visit?
Carowinds opens for the 2016 season in the spring. Carolina Harbor is scheduled to open in spring 2016. There are many ticket options available including Gold Season Passes, which are available online at 6 easy payments of $15.50. The sale ends Jan. 10, which would be the perfect gift for those looking at making a big splash in the new Carolina Harbor waterpark in 2016. To purchase Season Passes, visit: https://www.carowinds.com/ticket-category/Season-Passes-8-14-14-25
Carowinds has setup a blog to talk about Carolina Harbor and has more information on Southside Constructors in their blog. You can view their blog at: https://carolinaharbor.carowinds.com
Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks including Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, three water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.
About Cedar Fair Entertainment Company:
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: “FUN”) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Company, which owns and operates 11 amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted one of the “Best Amusement Parks in the World” in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.
About Southside Constructors:
Southside Constructors is the general contractor for Carowinds and has helped with many projects in the park. The company is known for projects such as Dinosaurs Alive, Fury 325 station, Harmony Hall, and is currently working on the construction of Carolina Harbor waterpark. The company is based in Charlotte, NC, and has created over 600 jobs since the construction of Fury 325 began in 2014.
Logo and image credits:
Logo courtesy of Carowinds
Feature image courtesy of Brian Mitchell / The Amusement Wire
Article prepared by: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator / The Amusement Wire
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