Our busy spring schedule lined up with Carowinds opening for the 2011 season this past weekend allowing us to go and process our season passes. Yeah, right! The primary reason we went was to get on some rides and have a great time! Processing our passes was secondary and merely a necessary task.
When we arrived, we were concerned about the long line for season pass processing. Carowinds was well prepared for this, however. The line moved along very quickly and our passes were processed well under 45 minutes, much shorter than the 2 hours I had anticipated. The staff was also very friendly and professional.
While it’s obvious that the wood was replaced on the Hurler during the off-season resulting in a smoother initial ride, something else less obvious must have been done because the coaster is actually quite enjoyable now:
Since we had a scheduling conflict, we were only able to make it to the park early afternoon. Carowinds Connection members reported that Intimidator was open early in the day but by the time we got to the park the wind gusts picked up enough forcing it to close. Near the end of the day on Saturday it finally opened up so we could get at least one ride on it.
Saturdays have always been busier than Sundays so two of us went back on Sunday for a few hours to get in some of the rides we missed out on the day before. Nighthawk usually has slow moving lines due to the loading of the trains so we happened to catch it at the right time where we didn’t have a tremendous wait time.
We were looking forward to riding Thunder Road but it was closed while they wrapped up the off season multi-year project of replacing the track.
We were able to get a few other rides in with much less wait time than on Saturday. All in all we had a great weekend. Thanks to Carowinds for getting the park together for us to have a great time! We look forward to more trips this year!