CAROUSEL PARK looks so much better than Vortex Plaza ever did. But I believe there is so much more that could be done within that space to continue its transformation into a unique area all its own.CAROWINDS CHARACTER MEET AND GREET
For starters, I think Scrambler should be moved to either Crossroads (maybe in Yo-Yo's spot?) or County Fair, if there's room of course. In it's place I would love to see an area designed like the town hall of Carowinds, where guests can meet and take pictures with Granny, Mayor Higginbotham, Patti Cakes, Deputy Willard D. Danger, etc. and buy retro souvenirs or even plushes of the park's original animal mascots.CAROWINDS THEATRE REDUX
Next, the Carowinds Theater would get a complete exterior makeover to make it look more Southern and traditional, almost like how the Grand Ole Opry used to look. It would give it an old south flare and continue this area's theme.HILLBILLY JALOPIES
The park would have to remove Vortex to make room for this last idea. But that's fine; Vortex is short, painful, slow to load, and sitting on valuable lakefront property—so it's gotta go eventually... anyway, in its place comes the new and improved HILLBILLY JALOPIES!
Winding around beautifully landscaped greenery (bright grass, stylish hedges, colorful patches of flowers, etc.), the antique cars make their way out to the lake and back. Along the way, they pass by animatronic versions of the park's original animal mascots playing banjo music and singing the Carowinds theme song from the '70s (similar to the Singing Mushrooms over at King's Dominion). Maybe there are even some small sets along the path showcasing other locations from the "town" of Carowinds where the mayor, deputy, and granny are from (like the schoolhouse, jail, church, etc.)?
I think this would completely transform this entire section into a centerpiece of classic attractions and simultaneously continue Cedar Fair's trend of making Carowinds into more of an actual THEME park.http://www.gouldmanufacturing.com/antiqueautoride.html