Carowinds announced the details for most of their 2016 expansion plans earlier today, with the highlight being the confirmation of the long expected waterpark expansion. Boomerang Bay will be no more in 2016 as it will be renamed as the Carolina Harbor Waterpark. While one of the first changes you may notice will be a new entrance into the waterpark directly from the parking lot, this will not change the admission policy… Carolina Harbor will still be free to everyone with their daily Carowinds ticket or season pass.
The highlight of the expansion for thrill seekers will be Blackbeard’s Revenge, a six-story tall slide tower with six different slide experiences. There will be three Pirate’s Plank slides, which will begin in drop pods with a near vertical drop through a trap door. Cannonball Drop will be a unique tube slide where guests slide through an enclosed slide through four intense 360-degree turns. The final two tube slides will end with some intense drops down into the splash pool and will be called Captain’s Curse.
The oldest wavepool will be retired and replaced with Seaside Splashworks, a large water fortress with over 80 play elements and a 423 gallon tipping bucket on top.
Nearby, part of the existing kiddie area will become Kiddy Hawk Cove and Myrtle Turtle Beach, which will see a fun toddler area full of water jets added and more.
A new wave pool called Surf Club Harbor will be added near the new park entrance with the ability to create up to six foot waves in 12 different wave patterns.
Carolina Harbor will also feature a new restaurant called Harbor House that will feature two large outdoor patios that serve Carolina BBQ and seafood specials. It will also include Schooners, a full service bar for adults who need a little extra relaxation while their kids play. Carolina Harbor will offer upgraded changing facilities and restrooms, new plush cabanas and seating areas as well as Sand Volleyball courts.
For 2016 Carowinds will also offer a new live show in June called Cirque Imagine, they will open a large Starbucks location inside the park near the main entrance and they offered a brief teaser for another new unknown attraction coming in 2016. Unfortunately they wont give away the details until October, but based on the teaser video the new attraction seems to be clearly themed to the Plants vs Zombies video game series. All of the videos shown at the event have been put together back to back below, including the Plants vs Zombies teaser, which I’d love to see turned into a Triotech style dark ride experience where you can be armed with Pea Shooters to combat the undead. But we’ll have to wait and see… but there is that empty Action Theater building that is ripe for a makeover, and with Thunder Road gone that area of the park needs something to give guests a reason to enter this area of the park still.
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