Carowinds WindSeeker Logo - New 2012 Ride

Carowinds Announces WindSeeker for 2012

Carowinds Announces WindSeeker
Carowinds WindSeeker Logo - New 2012 RideYesterday, Carowinds made their 2012 announcement as they unveiled WindSeeker. It will basically be a super-sized version of the old school amusement park swing rides. With a height of 301 feet, Carowinds has dubbed it “The Tallest Ride at Carowinds”. Park vice president, Bart Kinzel noted how cool it will be to be able to look down at Intimidator. He also noted that the ride will have comfortable seats like Intimidator. Once riders are lifted to the top, they’ll be spun at 30 mph for about 1 minute where they’ll have an excellent view of the Charlotte skyline and the rest of the area. To add to the experience, Windseeker will feature a variety of songs and it will boast LED lights that will enhance night riding. Windseeker will be built near the entrance of the Snoopy Starlight Experience. To get a better idea of what this ride will be like see a video and read reviews of the WindSeekers at other Cedar Fair parks.Windseeker at Carowinds - New Ride 2012The 2012 Guessing Game
The park had pretty much clued in fans with hints that they revealed via QR codes. Once the QRs were scanned the resulting images could be pieced together to make a line from “The Hobbit” that referred to wind. The Wright Brothers theme of the teaser and the press invite had me wondering if they might be throwing us a curve ball or at least giving us a WindSeeker with a different theme, but that wasn’t the case. And those mysterious “HUSS GF” stakes and the “GCI” stakes that appeared and then disappeared, may have been a way to get a sense of what enthusiasts thought of those rides. They could be in the park’s future plans or they could just been having some fun with us. Only time will tell.

My Take
With Carowinds long term plans of becoming a true destination theme park, they’ll need rides like WindSeeker to help round out their lineup. While I’d love to see another roller coaster, the park has a pretty strong roster and received a lot of local and regional attention from Intimidator. It’s probably a smart move to build more family attractions like they have with Snoopy Starlight and now WindSeeker. As a park official shared, they feel that WindSeeker falls in the middle of a thrill ride and a family ride. From the reviews of the other WindSeekers, it sounds like that’s an accurate statement. I’m more of a roller coaster guy, but I’m really looking forward to night rides because of the cool LED lights.

I’ll have images from the media event and my appearance on Fox Charlotte up shortly. For now, you can see more about the ride at the Carowinds WindSeeker page. Here’s a video of Carowinds WindSeeker:

Appearance on Fox Charlotte
Here’s a video of Fox Charlotte interviewing myself, Bryn from the park, and some other theme park fans: Fox Charlotte Previews Carowinds 2012 Announcement. It was fun joining Wilson and doing a call back to an earlier appearance. Hearing Anna do a roller coaster scream while embarrassing Derek was pretty funny. Luckily, Derek was a good sport.

What’s Your Take?
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