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Old 06-21-2013, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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Going through the area and was wondering about this amusement park for my family. How does it measure up to, say, the Six Flags in Texas or Georgia? On the same scale as those, or much smaller?Enough to keep us busy for a whole day? Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:46 AM
 
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Finally in Charlotte!
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Carowinds is larger than both Six Flags over Texas and Georgia, and includes more roller coasters and more flat rides in general than the other two. It's a very well kept park.
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:39 AM
 
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I went when I first moved here and it was horrible, dirty etc. Then I read on here that people liked it and it was cleaned up with the new owners. (New since I went)

I went this year and wow! Great kid section complete with a mini roller coaster for the kids. My oldest loved the intimidator and night hawk. (Both decent sized roller coasters) Next week will be visiting the boomerang bay section. (Water park side)

It reminded me of Great America of my childhood. I heartily recommend it. I lived in Orlando so I only have Universal or Disney to compare it to, so it's small to me but I like it a lot and all the rides are close together so easy walking. Definitely can be done in one day but entertaining enough to occupy several visits if you have season passes.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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When you grow up close to Cedar Point, Carowinds is pretty disappointing for the hype. Of course, I am a teacher, so my students would gush over it. I was disappointed, but not much compares to Cedar Point

Just stay away from the stand-up coaster (I have no idea what the name is), and you will have an enjoyable day!
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Lots of fun for the kids and, yes, you will be busy for the whole day. It's not a small park.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:12 AM
 
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When you grow up close to Cedar Point, Carowinds is pretty disappointing for the hype. Of course, I am a teacher, so my students would gush over it. I was disappointed, but not much compares to Cedar Point

Just stay away from the stand-up coaster (I have no idea what the name is), and you will have an enjoyable day!
It's funny how perspective warps experience.

I grew up with carowinds. My first trip to Disney World was a huge disappointment because I expected it to be an experience that would blow away Carowinds and it certainly wasn't.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Lakeside. Of course.
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How does it compare???
Well, I haven't been to Six Flags in Texas. And the last time I was at the one in Georgia, we must have gone in the off-season and were really disappointed. So, I really cannot compare Carowinds (current) to either of those.

I have been to Hershey Park in PA, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, King's Dominion near Richmond, Universal Orlando and Disney World. The last time I went to KD, Carowinds and KD were owned by the same company; they were similar in size, cleanliness and the way they were run. Carowinds has been sold a few times since then.

For me, WDW is the ultimate. Then I really love Busch Gardens. I do like Carowinds, especially for the convenience. Over the years, through all the new owners and upgrades, Carowinds has really improved. I also love the fact that it has a water park connected to it. When my son was younger, we even got the annual passes.

Could you spend an entire day there? OH YEAH!

Last edited by LakesideAnnie; 06-21-2013 at 06:57 AM.. Reason: remembered another park I'd been to.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Finally in Charlotte!
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How does it compare???
Well, I haven't been to Six Flags in Texas. And the last time I was at the one in Georgia, we must have gone in the off-season and were really disappointed. So, I really cannot compare Carowinds (current) to either of those.

I have been to Hershey Park in PA, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, King's Dominion near Richmond, Universal Orlando and Disney World. The last time I went to KD, Carowinds and KD were owned by the same company; they were similar in size, cleanliness and the way they were run. Carowinds has been sold a few times since then.

For me, WDW is the ultimate. Then I really love Busch Gardens. I do like Carowinds, especially for the convenience. Over the years, through all the new owners and upgrades, Carowinds has really improved. I also love the fact that it has a water park connected to it. When my son was younger, we even got the annual passes.

Could you spend an entire day there? OH YEAH!
Carowinds and Kings Dominion are still owned by the same company and have been since the 90's.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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Carowinds and Kings Dominion are still owned by the same company and have been since the 90's.
I thought Carowinds was bought out recently. It's vastly different from a few years ago to now.

Edited to add: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carowinds

I usually don't source wikipedia but in this case the info is correct and I am too lazy to search further. Cedars bought them out in 2006.
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