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Carowinds Opens for 2011 Season on April 2

Season highlighted by extended summer hours and new night time entertainment 
 
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — With the debut of the 2011 season, Carowinds celebrates the one year anniversary of Intimidator™ – billed as the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in the Southeast. In its first year of operation, Intimidator™ delivered over 1.5 million rides to guests and was nationally featured in several popular television shows, including the season finale of Bert the Conqueror on the Travel Channel and Intersections on the SPEED Channel.

“We know guests have been anxiously counting down the days to get revved up all over again,” said Bart Kinzel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. Intimidator™ is a visually impressive ride and dominates the park skyline. The statistics speak for themselves and have helped position Carowinds as the thrill leader in the Southeast.”

With the opening of the 2011 season, guests will notice a multitude of projects that took place during the off season, including: 

  • Vortex, which was the Southeast’s first stand-up rollercoaster when it opened in 1992, was re-painted.
  • A new picnic shelter has been built in the Plaza Pavilions to accommodate additional company picnics.
  • This spring a new food stand, called Chippery, will open serving up fresh cut potato chips. In addition, a new Minute Maid® smoothie kiosk to help guests cool-down on hot summer days will be added.
  • Coaster fans will experience smoother rides on both Thunder Road and Hurler, as both wooden coasters underwent re-profiling work.
  • Guests can enjoy new seat walls, freshly planted shade trees, and additional greenery all over the park.

“Opening day at a theme park is like Christmas morning for coaster enthusiasts,” said Josh Herrington, regional representative of the Southeastern region of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). “Each off-season we patiently wait for spring to roll around so we can get to the parks to see what’s new. Having a park like Carowinds in our region makes the wait even more agonizing, since they always try to outdo themselves every year. I can’t wait to get to the park and see all of the improvements made during the off-season.”

On May 28th, Carowinds will unveil Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular, a million dollar nighttime walk-through light and sound experience featuring Snoopy and the PEANUTS™ gang. In addition, a nightly fireworks show called Nights of Fire will debut July 1. This new night time entertainment will be highlighted by the extension of park operating hours until 10pm every day from June 27 through August 7.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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