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Opening Day 2012 is Finally Here!

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Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Opening day is finally here- can you believe it?

Let’s see a show of hands of those of you who have been waiting for this day!

Of course, what would a new season be without some new additions to tell you about?

Let’s kick off our first blog of the new season with some cool facts about WindSeeker – the tallest ride ever built at Carowinds at 301 feet! From the top of this 30-story-tall monster you will experience breath-taking views of North and South Carolina, and on a clear day our maintenance crews tell me you can see about 30 miles around the park. Hey, maybe you’ll be able to spot your house from way up there!

Oh, and by the way, on WindSeeker you’ll be seated about 69-feet above Intimidator-so why not shout some words of encouragement to those first-time riders below you?

Can’t wait to ride WindSeeker, but don’t want to wait in line? Listen up! This year, we’ve added Fast Lane. This is your ticket to front of line access for some of your favorite rides, like Intimidator, Nighthawk, Carolina Cobra, and WindSeeker (want a complete list of all the rides available on the Fast Pass? Check out To purchase your Fast Lane pass visit any Fast Lane Sales Center or Upgrade Services Center at the park. Thanks to Fast Lane, you can spend more time riding and less time waiting – and who doesn’t like that?

Carowinds also has two new shows for your enjoyment – Got Country and Rockin’ the Decades. Got Country is a tribute to all your favorite country crooners, like Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flats. Rockin’ the Decades features music from early rock to classic 80’s (something tells me you may get bonus points if you wear leg warmers and bangle bracelets to the show). Both shows run June 9-August 19.

For something a little different, test your skills at The Lazer Maze Challenge. The Lazer Maze Challenge is a room filled with bright green lasers and the goal is to get through the entire maze without breaking a beam. The Lazer Maze Challenge is in front of the RFD arcade building.

When you need a break from all the thrills and shows, Carowinds has got you covered with a new Dining Plan. For one price you can enjoy one meal with a regular Coca-Cola beverage and one snack. With meals options from chicken parmesan sub sandwich with waffle fries from Carowinds Café to hand-breaded Cajun shrimp with fresh cut fries from Outer Hanks and snacks like pretzels and classic Cinnabon, no one in your group will go hungry. Stop by Upgrade Services Center to buy your dining plan.

So, with all these awesome additions, what are you waiting for? Get to Carowinds today to experience it for yourself!

We look forward to seeing you on the midways soon,



I took the family to opening day and we had a blast! The only downside was having to wait in line for almost an hour and a half to get our Season Passes. At least we only have to go through that once a season. We decided to hit the Rip Roarin' Rapids first...probably not the best idea since it was overcast and we remained wet the entire time! From there it was on to Vortex, Ricochet, Carolina GoldRusher, Southern Star and Afterburn! We didn't have time to ride Intimidator, but we have all season! Overall, a great time!

- Andrea
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

My family had a BALL!!! we had so much fun.. we are coming back for a 2nd day...

- Tiffany Prine
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

you guys had a great one last year i want to have a great one this year.

- aniah
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Yay! Im Going This WeekEnd And iM Soo Excited! [=

- JoJo
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:53 AM


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