Cedar Fair is betting heavily on their Carowinds property and rumors are already beginning to swirl. After just announcing in late August that the theme park operator (who owns Cedar Point and Kings Island, as well as ten other properties in the United States and Canada) would invest $50 million into Carowinds in the next three years, we're beginning to hear rumors of where a bulk of that money will go.
According to Screamscape, $30 million of the park's three-year investment may finance the construction of a Winged Coaster by Swiss manufacturers Bolliger & Mabillard, who have found renewed acclaim for their winged model in the forms of Raptor, The Swarm, Wild Eagle, X-Flight, and most recently, Cedar Point's iconic Gatekeeper, which soars over the park's renovated turnstiles and gracefully flips through two massive keyhole cutout towers, giving the illusion of a near-miss for both onlookers and riders.
Screamscape reports that the remaining $20 million will be spent - in part - on new waterslides (which have already been announced as 2014's additions), new restaurants, and a complete renovation of the park's main entrance, which may indicate that Carowinds will recieve a "gate-keeping" Winged Coaster of its own.
Carowinds in located half in North Carolina, half in South Carolina. Its most recent major roller coaster investment was 2010's Intimidator, a B&M hypercoaster themed after legendary NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt.
Check the source below for more on this rumor and plenty more, and let us know in the comments what you think - would a Wing Coaster be just the right thing for Carowinds? Is Cedar Fair's investment in this thrill park a smart move?