General Carowinds discussion
#30069 must be an old timer like a few of us...or on the edge anyway! I have not been to the park in many years. If I went back it would be to search out pieces of the old park.

Does your handle have anything to do with the car??
The handle is meaningless :)

My first trip there was in 80, the year the Carolina Cyclone opened. Although the park had lost the C & C RR by then, it still had that good feeling to it. A return trip in '88 was a bummer as KECO had started to neglect the park and remove good rides, but it still had most of its original itent. I went again in 2004 and it was just sad to see what Paramount did to this once great park.

I would take the 80's Carowinds with 5 coasters over what is there now anytime. Top Gun, Ricochet, Phantom Flyers and Flying Dutchman's Revenge are really the only good rides they have installed since then. When you compare that to all that was taken out and the general de-theming of the park, it really isn't much of a park these days.
I hate to sound like a old man....but if you went during the early years, 73-83, it was a very different park. And the Pat Hall years were even more so.
I loved the early years costumes. It added to the air of you being someplace different. (and a lot of the girls looked great in those 'Queens colony' outfits! :roll: ) Most of us that worked there felt like we were doing something WAS a different time..I had people tell me Carowinds was the first place outside of their community that they had gone to.
Carowinds is doing what they need to do for today....but does not change my memories and how it SEEMED better.
Anyone remember hearing about the Thunder Road wedding in 1985? Jerry Keck, a local ACE member from Matthews got married in the train at the top of Thunder Road.

It actually made the big front & center page of the Charlotte Observer. The quality of the photo is terrible but that was the condition of the microfilm where I scanned it from.

Take a look:

Added a few more clippings too.

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