coasterbruh wrote:To those of you who went to winterfest on new year's eve last year, how busy was it compared to a regular night of winterfest?
I have to say that I believe it was much emptier during 2018 Winterfest than 2019 Winterfest. Last night it was insanely packed at the park. Copperhead had a 2 hour line. Arm to arm room at Harmony Hall, so security enforced a "one way in" and "one way out" there. While I was just calmly eating my Panda Express on the patio it was just entertaining to watch someone from security chase after people who went through the "exit" door
Edit: Referring to New Year's Eve event
I didn't go to the New Year's Eve event last year. However, I did go to Winterfest before Christmas and I went on NYE this year. It was MUCH more crowded for the Eve Event! I had a great time. Just as I have the last two years at Winterfest. There were three things that did put a damper on the night though. One thing was the noise makers they handed out when it got close to midnight. Hundreds of people constantly making noise with those things can drive you crazy. That is just a minor complaint though. I understand that people do that on NYE. 2nd thing was the traffic! I have never been in traffic that bad at Carowinds! We left before the park closed and the traffic was still the worst I have ever seen it. I don't know if there is anything else Carowinds can do about that though.
This is the biggest thing and the only one I really hope they can do something about! First let me say this. I did really like how they had the skytower count down to midnight. Then the fireworks going off after that. After that though is where my complaint comes in at. They had people singing etc. on the stage in front of skytower. I get why they have the stage there. However, trying to get to the exit when there is zero walking room was infuriating! Normally that area can be crowded with the amount of people leaving. That wasn't the case though. It was almost impossible to get to the exit with a stroller when you have no room because people are just shoulder to shoulder dancing everywhere. I don't know if they were drunk or what but they were not paying any attention to us. The only reason we did get to the exit was because my wife finally had to yell at people to get out of the way. So I hope at least for the NYE event next year Carowinds can make some kind of path right there or something. So people not interested in dancing after midnight can get to the exit without having to yell at people. Other than that we had a good time on both of our visits this year. Also I think the parade is a great addition to Winterfest.