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Carowinds Opens for 2012 Season with WindSeeker

Charlotte, NC, USA (March 31, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — In 1903, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina became symbolic to the Carolinas as the site of the “first flight.” Now, more than 100 years later, Carowinds is giving guests the opportunity to experience what the Wright Brothers pioneered; the sense of soaring through the air, as the amusement park debuts WindSeeker – a $6.5 million, thirty-story-tall swing ride designed to give riders the feeling of flight.

“This is a must-ride attraction for both families and thrill-seekers alike as the sense of soaring thirty stories in the air is both exhilarating and breathtaking at the same time,” said Bart Kinzel, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager. “The immense scale of this ride alone is truly stunning as it changes the skyline of Carowinds for the third time in as many years.”

With the addition of WindSeeker, guests will notice several enhancements around the new ride, including:

  • More than 15,000 square feet of pavers
  • Midway shade structures with 20 new benches
  • A new patio area outfitted with numerous tables and chairs for guests to relax, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the incredible view!

“As the tallest ride ever built in the park, WindSeeker definitely ups the thrill factor at Carowinds,” said Josh Harington, Regional Representative of the Southeastern Region of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE).”This is one of those rides where you ask yourself, ‘how much higher is this thing going to go?’ before you realize you are only half way up! This is a tremendous addition to the park and I know guests of all ages will enjoy this exciting new attraction.”

Guests can also look forward to two NEW live shows in 2012- debuting on June 9!

  • Got County: An all-new contemporary country show featuring the newest country sounds.
  • Rockin’ the Decades: From the early sounds of rock to your favorite 80’s hits…this show has it all.

To learn more about the exciting 2012 season at Carowinds, please visit

Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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