UPDATE – 3/30/10 Intimidator’s open! Watch an official POV video and read some reviews here: Carowinds’ Intimidator Reviews & POV Video It’s official, Intimidator will dominate Carowinds skyline in 2010. At 232′ (23 stories), this massive new coaster will be the longest, tallest, and fastest in the South East. It’s also Bolliger & Mabillard’s tallest roller coaster in the U.S. Intimidator will speed its black Chevy Monte Carlo themed trains in excess of 75 mph. Record Breaking, History Making – 232 Feet Tall – $23 Million As I predicted, the record is a regional one, but it’s still notable. As the tallest roller coaster in the South East Intimidator will edge competing Six Flags Over Georgia’s Goliath height by more than 30 feet. The history refers to the fact that the roller coaster will be the park’s largest capital investment in its 37 year history at a total investment of $23 million. The NASCAR-Earnhardt Theme All signs pointed to the new roller coaster being named Intimidator. There were the racing theme hints, the Sporting News article stating a rollercoaster with Earnhardt marks will be built at Carowinds, and the day before, the ride’s minisite was discovered at: www.intimidator.carowinds.com. Tieing the new roller coaster to NASCAR was a really smart move for the park. Anyone who knows the area knows that this IS NASCAR country. It will bring a lot of attention to the park escpecially with the NASCAR Hall of Fame opening in Charlotte next year. Early reactions point at its similarity to Diamondback at Kings Island. It will be a Bolliger & Mabillard with red track and gray supports. I can already say that it’s going to offer a smooth comfortable ride and have a high ride capacity that should produce fairly quick moving line. These two factors are hallmarks of B&M’s roller coasters. I will update this post on Thursday with more of my thoughts on the ride’s layout. I’ve uploaded pictures from the media event as well as 6 more shots of the new coaster on my Facebook Page. Check out this fly-over off-ride video of the Intimidator at Carowinds: What’s Your Take? What do you think of Carowinds’ Intimidator? Leave a comment below. 115 Responses « Older Comments Schwarz January 23, 2010 While were on this topic does anyone know anything about a possible single rider line? Reply Quil January 24, 2010 I didn`t see anything on screamscape, but they`ve got some cool news about the re-habrecation of fantasyland in the magic kingdom, Cinderella`s castle looks like a real one. Reply Rollercoasterdude January 24, 2010 Can't wait! I haven't been to KD in a few years., and although I wish we had the Carowinds coaster, the 305 should be good. I just wish it would have went back up for a second hill after the initial drop., any one else agree? Hey man, sorry about your lieing uncle; that really sucks that he said he was going to get you on the initial ride. Reply CFC January 25, 2010 Yeah, I know, it sucks. He's always been like that, although since no one else on his/my side of the family likes roller coasters, I thought he was telling the truth. I should have known better. Reply JaMeS February 15, 2010 well, at least you will probably get to ride it in the next 10 years Reply CFC February 15, 2010 …Well, that was mean. BTW, I DO have a Platinum Cedar Point Season Pass, so I can go to any of their parks. I will be going this year, just not as a first rider. JaMeS February 16, 2010 i was just saying that because i wont be able to go there in probably more than 10 years… sorry if you took it the wrong way schwarz February 15, 2010 GOOD NEWS!!! There will be a single rider line more than likely. If you look at some of their construction pics for the que there is two lines going into the station and one leaveing!!! Reply JaMeS February 15, 2010 well the trains are in… and it looks like one of the trains is blue! http://www.intimidator.carowinds.com/public/lates… Reply CFC February 15, 2010 Blue? Wouldn't red and black do better here, considering the PHOTOS!?!?!?!?!? Reply JaMeS February 16, 2010 i dont know why but one of the trains is definetly blue. and the other is black and red fo sho Quil February 16, 2010 yep, that is a blue train. CFC March 18, 2010 Well, I'll be darned. One is blue! Carowinds opens in just a few days! Hooray! Schwarz March 19, 2010 I'll be sure to get up a review on Monday CFC March 19, 2010 I might be going next Saturday on Opening Day! I'm not certain, but I think I'll be going next weekend. Woohoo! Quil March 20, 2010 SFNE opens in 2 weeks, TGE in 4! Schwarz March 21, 2010 Well I might see you there CFC. I'll either be wearing my millinium force shirt or my volcano shirt. CFC March 21, 2010 I can hardly wait! Reply Leland Wykoff March 22, 2010 Cedar Fair park Carowinds is reporting strong increases in season pass sales–up 30 percent over last year. They are also projecting better gate receipts. Funny, CEO Kinzel insists the revenue picture for Cedar Fair properties is weak for the coming operating season. Odd he should think this–it is his own relative who is the General Manager at Carowinds ( the only park GM protected by an employment agreement with Apollo). For the full story on Carowinds expected big season check this out: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/03/21/13281… Reports from those close to Cedar Fair management indicate the decision to postpone the Unitholder meeting was made several days prior–they just did not make an announcement until less than 11 hours prior to the meeting. That announcement came in the middle of the night–approximately 6 hours after the close of the business day. This speaks volumes as to the contempt management is willing to show its Unitholders. Management was more than aware Unitholders intended to travel and attend the meeting. Some incurring great expense to do so. Ms. Frole indicated Cedar Fair would not reimburse Unitholders for their meeting expenses. Honestly, it is time Cedar Fair get on the job of profitably operating parks and seeking a management team which is up to this task. " Reply runjhun April 17, 2010 IT WAS AWESOMMMEEEE. I rode it 3 times. effing AAAAAA. like flyingg…. Reply Jesse June 14, 2010 I finally got around to riding the Intimidator today. Wow. Pretty nice hyper. Its not a Magnum or Mellinuim, but it'll do. The first drop is pretty sick, but i like the turnaround. Hands in the air is a must. Reply Kristina June 30, 2010 I work at Carowinds on the Intimdator. It is the best ride at the park and we get the most compliments on the ride. It's soooooo great. I have not been to the other one, but I will soon. Reply sarah July 15, 2010 omg this ride was totally crazy it was awsome i loved it Reply sarah July 15, 2010 btw we rode it 3 times b4 we left Reply « Older Comments Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.