Today, Carowinds announced what we can expect from the first year of the 3 year $50 million dollar investment. In 2014, Carowinds will open two new water slides in the park’s water park Boomerang Bay. Surfer’s Swell and Dorsal Fin Drop will bulk up the park’s water slide offerings. Here’s more from the official press release: Surfer’s Swell will travel a total of 263 feet; riders will plunge onto an angled wall that mimics the sensation of catching an ocean wave. Guests then gracefully enter a final tunnel for a fun ‘splash landing’ into a pool at the bottom of this 45 foot tall experience. Dorsal Fin Drop offers 351 feet of slide and takes riders on the whirl of a lifetime as they gain speed in a curved-tunnel that blasts them into a bowl. Like a shark circling its prey, guests spin and swirl before sliding into the corkscrew exit. Enhanced Dining Facilities & Healthier Options The second part of today’s announcement falls into the guest experience category. Carowinds also announced enhanced dining facilities and menu options. They shared that healthier options will be on the way as well as more air-conditioned venues. In addition to the 2 new slides, Carowinds will enhance the dining experience and food offerings at the park with a multi-million dollar investment. The investment will provide guests with a broader variety of food service options; additional air-conditioned venues and expanded capacity to feed and entertain the thousands of daily visitors at the park. Not the BIG Announcement, But… While Carowinds’ 2014 plans weren’t quite as large as Cedar Fair had hinted at with the “World record-breaking attraction” comment, we still know that there’s a total of $50 million that will go into the park over the next few years. So, 2015 or 2016 might be big years for the park. For now though, the infrastructure upgrades (like more air-conditioned dining) and beefing up a water park (that many felt needed more slides) are a good start. I was at the park with my family recently, we were looking for a cool place to eat, and there really weren’t many options. Also, my oldest daughter is turning into a water slide fan so I think she’ll be excited for these water slides. So both of these additions are good news to a family of season pass holders. Location for the New Slides Here’s are images showing where the new slides will be located. The first is a screenshot from a video that was given out during the announcement. It shows the area from the ground. The second is a satellite image so you can see where the area is in context to the rest of Boomerang Bay: What’s your take? Leave a comment below. 8 Responses James September 7, 2013 I think this was a good investment for carowinds and the water park is definitely lacking slides. I was hoping for a tornado or water coaster but I am definaty not complaining. My only question would be where are they going to put this? Reply Joel Bullock September 8, 2013 Great question. I’m glad that you asked. I updated the post with images of where the slides will be built. Reply ethan September 8, 2013 Wow I was wrong. still, I wonder why the announcement said 2 kiddie pools instead of 3. I think of Jackaroo Landing, Kangaroo Lagoon/Wallaby Wharf, and Kookabura Bay as kiddie pools. In the future if they want to take it out, I’d like to see a mat slide in the waterpark. My favorite type of slide is a funnel, but the mat is second. ethan September 8, 2013 Probably at kookabura bay. The park replied to someone on facebook that this would go by Aussie’s Awesome Twisters and near thunder road. Plus the press release said that the new slide would add to 2 wave pools, 11 waterslides, and 2 KIDDIE POOLS instead of 3. So my bet is on kookabura bay leaving. There’s enough space in that area for the waterslides. Reply Doug April 9, 2014 We had a chance to visit Carowinds over the summer. I really liked the water park, but agree that it could use a few more slides. The announcement of adding restaurants was great because the park had decent options, but nothing for the crowd who wants to sit down with service during their meal. I really liked the park’s coasters, particularly the Intimidator. I can see where adding another icon roller coaster will make Carowinds more of a regional park. We are spoiled because we are located near Kings Island and Cedar Point, but I really enjoyed Carowinds. I have not been there in 30 years, but I will want to go back again after the upgrades. Reply Matt Bullard April 23, 2014 Maybe it will be a roller coaster that is taller then WindSeeker because the pattern (like Intimrator next WindSeeker) Reply Kathryn ard May 15, 2014 The water park SUCKS I hate it Reply savannah June 14, 2014 i am going today. should be great Reply 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.