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14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28241
704 588 2600
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Scarowinds night of fright.
Charlotte, North Carolina
November 28, 2010
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Weekends come October, guests can scare up (pun intended) some hauntingly good fun at the Carowinds theme park, which in October it is known as Scarowinds. The park is decked out in Halloween spooktacular fun and offers extra attractions for those ...
Weekends come October, guests can scare up (pun intended) some hauntingly good fun at the Carowinds theme park, which in October it is known as Scarowinds. The park is decked out in Halloween spooktacular fun and offers extra attractions for those who dare to enter,
I am not going to offer up a journal on Carowinds as I have already done that. If you’re interested in reading more about it please see my
Carolina Fun at Carowinds, Sorta
journal. This is just on their annual scare fest known as "Scarowinds".
The theme park covers over 100 acres and offers visitors over 50 rides. The newest ride being the Intimidator. The ride is named offer the late NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhart who was known as the Intimidator. The ride is listed as the tallest and longest roller coaster in the Southeast. It is 232 feet high and the ride lasts 3.33 minutes. Over the years the park has been privately owned and then owned for a long time by Paramount Studios. Today it is owned by Cedar Fair, which are the same folks who own the awesome Cedar Point Park which owns some awesome roller coasters. But they still have nothing to fear from Carowinds.
This year, celebrated the 10th year of Scarowinds. While John and I have been to Carowinds many times over the years during October, but it was only last year that we ever started to attended Scarowinds. Why since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays? Well last year was the first time season pass holders could actually attend for free. Prior to last season pass holders had to still purchase the separate ticket for the event.
Last year we attended the event on a Saturday since we had something to do on Halloween and it was packed. There were lines for everything to include the bathroom! As we were walking past the area just past the water park we see a huge line and realize it isn’t a ride, but the bathrooms! We didn’t get to ride anything since the lines were to long and there isn’t a ride on the place work an hour or more wait. Even the rides that normally didn’t have lines, had lines of people snaking out onto the pavement. I had a great time just taking photos, while John eventually got fed up since we couldn’t ride a thing. And it took almost an hour to make it into the parking lot!
This year we attended the event on Halloween. I was hoping that since this was a Sunday and with the next day being a school day, the place would not be crowded. The park was open 8 pm until midnight, so we decided to stop and eat first and then go on to the park and avoid arriving right at 8. We wanted to avoid the line trying to get into the park. Arriving at 9, we were able to drive right on in and parked in the season pass holders parking. We also avoided the line to just get in the place. Swiping our cards, we went on in and were ready for a night of frights.
The park is certainly all decked out for the holidays. There are tombstones, spider webs, skeletons, and other varying Halloween decorations. Open spaces have now became cemeteries. The Carolina Skycoaster tower has now turned black and has orange glowing eyes. This year it stayed stationary at the top of the platform, only rotating around giving a 360 look. Last year it did go up and down the pole like it normally does. They have several haunted houses and this years included a haunted slaughterhouse (which I was a bit miffed that it didn’t have a thing to do with the band Slaughter!), a camp, and the normally covered trellis near the entrance of the park which provides much needed shade in the Carolina heat, has now been transformed into a nut house which has one hot rocker. I tried to go back 3 times to get an awesome picture of this hottie rocker, but the hubby started to get suspensions and I never got a great shot! They have a varying motley crew of costumed characters including zombies, Death, and of course the hot rocker. They also made heavy use of the fog machines with the emphasis being on the word heavy. So much so that by the end of the evening our eyes were dried out and our lungs were hurting from coughing so much! They also keep the lights low and mood lighting for special effects.
Well going on Sunday did have its advantages. While it was still more crowded than I thought it would be, it was no where near the chaos of last year. The Intimidator and The Nighthawk still had a huge line. But we rode the Afterburner and the Vortex several times before moving on. And we got in the bathrooms without a line. I did notice that most of the restaurants were closed only giving park goers snack options. There were also not as many "scarers" as last year. At one time I was walking through one of the cemeteries and looked around and I was alone. I mean cemeteries aren’t scary when they are deserted. The monsters that were there were fun and I was enjoying photographing them. One strange thing happened in this cemetery though. When I was taking pictures here, when I was looking through my lens it kept coming up with a big white light, leading me to think my pictures would not turn out. When my husband downloaded them to them to the computer, they were fine! Also there weren’t a lot of carved pumpkins like last year. This was a bummer since I wanted to enter a contest and I needed a picture of me and a carved pumpkin!
Carowinds is just seasonal only operating from March until October and running daily only from Memorial Day to Labor Day. So Scarowinds is weekends only from late September and October. Scarowinds is only an evening events generally not opening until around 8 pm. You also have to be over 13 to get into Scarowinds. There are more family friendly events for all ages that go on during the day. If you are getting a season pass make sure you read the full description. I can’t remember if this was true for last year or not, but this year the park offered 3 different passes and only the gold and platinum (the platinum will also get you into Cedar Point) gets you into Scarowinds, the silver didn’t. Make sure if you’re going on Sunday; make sure you eat before you arrive at the park. Oh and costumes are not allowed. And another oh, they have the squished penny machine! The children’s area is not open in the evening.
www.carowinds.com. Starting around the first of September Scarowinds does have its own website.
Recommendation if you please
But of course. It is a great evening out,
When I wrote my full journal on Carowinds, I didn’t recommend Scarowinds. Well now I have gone, it was lot more than I thought. Though I am still not 100% sure if I would pay full price for the event. So just get a season pass, go, and have a great time.
Full Funnery 2010