RollerBee wrote:Jarsh, do you know if any of the C3 2015 were involved in yelling "Hell no we won't go, save Thunder Road!" on the last few trains of the night?
This is the first I've heard of it. And while we were supposed to have an ERT like session on Thunder Road to end the night, the park hadn't prepared for the crowd that showed up right before our ERT session was to begin. If you remember Laresa escorting us to the front of the line through the whole queue of GP folks. While I'm certain there were ACE members present during said chant, there is no way to determine if they participated.
coasterbruh wrote:I feel Jonathan hit a lot of the main points. I would suggest the group photo in the beginning as it use to be that way and you actually had a group to do it lol.
I agree that a set time for the group photo needs to be listed for the exact reasons you mention. Hell, I'm so horrible at remembering to take the dang things, I consider it an accomplishment to get a semi group shot at a random time, lol. Group shots are hard to do at the beginning because not everyone is there and, in the case of Carowinds, we join with passholders after 30 minutes so you'd never be able to get everyone together to do it then. Usually dinner is the most feasible time because everyone is together and this year's photo would've been better had it not been raining and forced everyone under the pavilion. But, I'll do better at scheduling a time for the photo to help get everyone together at once.
coasterbruh wrote:I feel the long stretch between the morning ERT to dinner would have been unbearable if not for having the cabana. I use to love doing the SCarowinds and regular backstage tours. I also use to enjoy the gameshow style thing as well as the amazing race inspired scavanger hunts.
Chip, myself, and Laresa talked at length about moving the event back into late September and bringing back the SCarolina Coaster Classic name. It would still be there now if the park hadn't built Fury. Everyone wants night ERT on it and with the parks late closings during SCarowinds, you just can't have it. That and the waterpark is closed during that time so it cuts half of the park down for attendees. If we did move it back into September we've got some ideas (not Fast Lane pluses) to entice people to attend. Nothing is written in stone, but we're definitely looking at it heavily.
coasterbruh wrote:Personally, the intimidator ERT can be ended and I would opt to use the season pass holder time slot on fury and have more of an exclusive time at night for the new county fair for an hour and possibly fury for 30 minutes.
We have the Intimidator ERT as a memorial to Max since it was his favorite coaster at the park at that time so I don't foresee that going away anytime soon. As far as the other stuff, Carowinds (and other parks too) is kinda particular with their event planning. They would rather us get our ERT done in the morning so that employees aren't having to stay late at night for ERT - which is why we've always have 30 minutes at night. It was pretty much all that we could get away with without blowing their employee overtime payroll (and max hours per day) out the window. When Fury opened and they started the passholder ERT, it gave us a chance to get a "freebie" by latching onto something the park already had planned so scheduling workers wasn't an issue for them.
I said all that to say, the absolute most that we're ever likely to get for ERT is an hour before opening and an hour after closing (this includes walking time as well). However we want to break it up is up to us, but we can't cut 30 minutes from the morning and add it to the night and vice versa. We've generally set the bigger coasters for the night sessions for the night rides and the morning session is usually a lesser tier coasters/flat rides/etc (not that Intimidator is lesser tier, but it did drop down the list when Fury opened).
If we move the event to SCarowinds, I forsee ERT on Intimidator and Fury in the morning and tours of the haunts/dressing up area in between Carowinds closing and SCarowinds opening. No nighttime ERT. Plus, the event will probably cost a little more because attendees are having to buy a Carowinds ticket AND a SCarowinds ticket.
If we keep it in August, we can look for ERT on Intimidator and Fury in the morning and maybe something in County Fair at night, but Fury will be included at some point. Keep in mind, the County Fair area is several attractions so there wouldn't be any possible way to have ERT in the entire section.