Take a trip back in time with the all-new county fair at Carowinds

Carowinds County FairTrue Carolinians will agree, the feel of an old county fair is like no other. Now guests can enter into an atmosphere of timeless fun for all ages as Carowinds opens an all-new County Fair themed area in spring 2017.

More than three-acres of family fun await in County Fair, featuring four retro classic rides: the twists and turns of Do-Si-Do glides guests up, down and around on three giant arms; the floorless gondolas on Electro-Spin flip guests upside down up to 63 feet above the ground; Rock ‘N’ Roller’s circular motion paired with music tunes and spectacular lighting is a crowd pleaser; and grab the family for some high flying action on the Zephyr swing ride.

The hardest part of the day might be deciding which regional treat to eat! No fair would be complete without recognizable smells and tastes from some “blue ribbon” favorites including: fried corn, hot dogs, cotton candy and fresh cut fries – yummy! Let’s not forget the ever-popular funnel cake. Guests can indulge the deep-fried pastry the old-fashioned way, or chow down on our bite-sized funnel cake fritters.

The County Fair section of the park will feature a wide range of activities that exceed everyone’s imaginations. Family members of all ages can enjoy the comforting feel of the old fair imagery.

“We combined some long-time guests’ favorites, four classic fair rides, traditional fair food and music, to bring a one-of-a-kind experience families will want to enjoy over and over again”, says vice president and general manager, Pat Jones. “Parents can go back in time and re-live their childhood with their kids and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

It’s not too late to purchase a 2017 season pass or renew a current one at the lowest price of the year at carowinds.com. Season passholders will get to experience the all-new County Fair before anyone else during Carowinds exclusive Season Passholder Preview night Friday, March 24 from 6-10 p.m. The park opened to the public on Saturday, March 25.

Carowinds celebrates Fall with The Great Pumpkin Fest

As cooler temperatures creep in, an incredible line-up of frightfully festivities are brewing at the place where the Carolinas come together. Guests of all ages can have a chilling Halloween experience at Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest.

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During the daytime, Planet Snoopy is transformed into the ultimate kids’ party at the Great Pumpkin Fest. On Saturdays and Sundays through October 30, bring out the little ghouls and goblins for some “fang-tastic” Halloween fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Checkk out a few of these Great Pumpkin Fest activities:

– NEW! The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown: It wouldn’t be a spooky celebration without Charlie Brown and his friends showing off their favorite costumes. Watch as they sing along to some kooky tunes!

– NEW! Halloween Hullabaloo: We’re digging up some frightful favorites in our family-oriented musical revue of Halloween Hits!

– Peter the Talking Pumpkin: Ever heard of a talking pumpkin? Your little ones can chat with Peter, the prize winning pumpkin, throughout the day.

Children can also dress up in their favorite costumes and take part in our daily Kids Costume Parade, go trick-or-treating, visit with their favorite barnyard animals and more! We’ll also celebrate 50 years of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with screenings of the 1966 animated television special based on the PEANUTS(TM) comic strip, along with the reading of the classic book in PEANUTS(TM) Showplace.

Carowinds Sends Special Video Message to #CarolinaPanthers

Can you believe our Panthers are going to be playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday? This is so exciting for the Spink Household!

As #SB50 draws near, the team at the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas put together a special video message for the Carolina Panthers, wishing the team good luck on Sunday as they take on the Denver Broncos. So what are the two things that the two Carolinas share? Click here to download the video message and get the answer to this trivia question.

Carolina Panters Carowinds

In addition, Carowinds is joining in the quest to turn the Queen City blue and show support for the Panthers! The park will go blue Friday night, illuminating the lift hill of the record-breaking coaster, Fury 325, with blue lights. Also, Skytower, which takes you high above the skies for a bird’s eye view of the park, will feature blue cat eyes. Several other guest favorites will feature the blue theme in honor of the Panthers including: Intimidator, Windseeker, Afterburn and the beloved wooden coaster, Hurler. There’s also a Panther growl playing in Carowinds’ midways.

#GoPanthers #KeepPounding

Carowinds Expands Waterpark to Largest in the Carolinas

Construction is underway at Carowinds to expand the existing waterpark. Yes, it will be completed in time for the 2016 season. The Carolina Harbor Waterpark will be included with park admission and will offer guests relaxing moments of tranquility and refreshing thrills by the “shores”, plus delivers a best day ever guest experience. Your children will be pleading with you to go back time after time after they experience their first day.

Carolina Harbor Birdseye View

The transformation is part of the park’s commitment to celebrate Carowinds’ heritage as the place where the Carolinas come together, creating an “aquatic playground” with thrilling new attractions, new amenities and a new coastal name – Carolina Harbor.  The addition is the latest phase in a $50 million plus multi-year expansion at Carowinds, an effort kicked off by building the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325, as well as new park food offerings which are regionally relevant. “

We listened to our guests and have made a promise to bring them more family-friendly attractions,” said Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “And we’re happy to be delivering on our promise with the addition of Carolina Harbor – a guaranteed ultimate waterpark experience. Carowinds is growing by leaps and bounds and continues to put the park on the map as the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas.”

Carolina Harbor will feature a combination of thrills, relaxation and family fun, including twice the number of water slides than the current Boomerang Bay.

Carolina Harbor will feature many of the park’s current popular waterpark attractions, while introducing a variety of new ones:

  • Blackbeard’s Revenge is a thrilling new six story tall water slide complex that features three exhilarating attractions and a total of six thrilling slides:
  • 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. A new two-acre family area will include many new activities to enjoy together:
  • Seaside Splashworks, a multi-level children’s water spray ground, will feature over 80 countless play elements including a giant 423-gallon tipping bucket.
  • Kiddy Hawk Cove and Myrtle Turtle Beach are two areas specifically geared with the little squirts in mind. These toddler areas will include jets of water spraying up from the ground surrounded by a charming garden atmosphere.
  • Surf Club Harbor will be our newest wave pool, creating up to six foot waves in 12 different wave patterns, mimicking the high surf of the Atlantic Ocean.

Carowinds Surf Club Harbor

Carolina Harbor will also feature many new amenities:

  • New Entrance – A separately gated entrance convenient for guests who wish to enter the waterpark only.
  • New Restaurants – 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.
  • Sand Volleyball Courts – New professional style sand volleyball courts will allow both casual and competitive play.
  • Additional Plush Cabanas and Seating – Over 40 new cabanas will be added at both wave pools and the new family area. An additional 1,100 lounging chairs will also be available for guests to enjoy some fun in the sun.
  • Upgraded Facilities – Current family changing areas will be upgraded. New restroom facilities and a bath house will be built.
  • Starbucks!

Carowinds Starbucks

Carowinds has recently been named one of the nation’s top amusement parks by the Travel Channel and Fodor’s Travel, and TripAdvisor’s family travel site has named it one of the country’s 10 Best Amusement Parks for Families.

Stay tuned to OneMomsWorld.com to see updates and pictures. To see Carolina Harbor illustrations, construction photos and more, visit http://www.carowinds.com/carolinaharbo.

 

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