02 Oct A Splash of Fresh Paint
Progress continues on the largest waterpark expansion in Carowinds history. Major renovations are already underway to ensure an amazing experience for our guests in 2016. When finished, Carolina Harbor will surely be the place to be next summer.
During the off-season our existing Boomerang Bay Waterpark will be completely transformed with a new coastal Carolina theme. Because Carowinds is the place where the Carolinas come together, it’s only fitting that our waterpark continues our celebration of Carolina culture.
Waterpark Slides: Shiny New Paint Jobs
This vast transformation has already started with several of our slides receiving new gel coated paint jobs. Here’s a quick guide to the colors and new names for slides coming to Carolina Harbor in 2016:
Awesome Twisters —> Barracuda Blasters —> Orange and White
Down Under Thunder —> Hurricane Falls —> Green
Sydney Sidewinder —> Southern Sidewinder —> Aqua Blue and Orange
Pineline Peak —> Storm Surge —> Red, Blue and Yellow
Platypus Plunge —> Pelican Plunge —> Orange and Red
Other changes to current waterpark attractions include:
- Kangaroo Lagoon kiddie pool will expand and transform into Kiddy Hawk Cove.
- Wallaby Wharf toddler pool will expand and transform into Myrtle Turtle Beach.
- Jackaroo Landing water play structure will change to Pirate’s Landing.
- Bondi Beach wave pool will be Tidal Wave Bay.
- Kookaburra Bay pool will switch to Sand Dune Lagoon.
- Crocodile Run lazy river will morph into Coastal Currents.
- Typhoon slides will be converted into Storm Surge.
- Ozzie’s Outback Shack will be transformed to Sharky’s Grille.
- Matilda’s store will be called Beachcombers.
- Beach Bites and Surfer Joe’s eateries will keep their current names.
Current Carolina Harbor Construction
While it may not seem exciting to some, we opened the new four-lane Pleasant Road exit last weekend with great success. With Christian Music Day and SCarowinds both happening on Saturday night, the new exit did its job improving traffic flow, and we were able to help guests exit the park smoothly and quickly.
In addition to priming and painting current slides, demolition started on The Great Barrier Reef wave pool late this week. The all-new Seaside Splashworks water structure will take its place, part of an expansive two-acre family area. This multi-level water structure features over 80 elements, including a giant 423-gallon tipping bucket.
You can see the finished product for yourself when we open Carolina Harbor in the spring of 2016. Better yet, you’ll be able to splash in the Carolina Harbor as much as you want with a 2016 season pass, which are currently at their lowest price of the season. You will even get a free 2015 visit when you purchase a season pass before November 2nd. Click here for more information!
This blog was made possible through contribution from Steve Jackson, director of maintenance; Bob Paytosh, manager of rides maintenance; Bob Gesell, manager of construction and facilities; and Phillip Allan, manager of electrical and facilities.