Carowinds Building New Hotel And New Attraction in 2019
Carowinds is preparing to open their new Camp Snoopy on March 24th — however, a batch of projects are already in progress for the 2019 season.
Unlike many other Cedar Fair parks, Carowinds does not have a hotel on its property. This will change starting in 2019, as a new hotel will be constructed adjacent to the park. The hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise — owned and managed by Carowinds under the official name of SpringHill Suites Charlotte. The five-floor, 130-room hotel will operate year round making it a great lodging choice for business and leisure travelers in the area.
It will be located off of I-77 and offer other amenities such as a pool, fitness center, an outdoor seating area with a fire pit, suites, and a small bar. Its convenient location will put guests close to the action, allowing ideal access to comfortable lodging and easy access to play.
The new hotel isn’t the only project coming to Carowinds in 2019. February 1st, documents were uploaded to the York County Project Page with the Codename “Project Alpha”. The document lists reviews done in anticipation of construction for the new attraction such as floodplain, zoning, and environmental studies.
From the document, the ride will be located on the South Carolina side of the park. We say that since no permits have been filed for a relevant project in the neighboring North Carolina county. It’s also interesting to note that ESP Associates is listed as a project engineers, since they did the engineering work for recent Carowinds projects such as Fury 325, and Carolina Harbor.
It is unknown whether the attraction will be a flat, thrill ride, or coaster. However, due to the documentation being similar to the documents found on the 2019 Canada’s Wonderland coaster, it’s very likely that Carowinds will be constructing another new coaster.
The 2019 Alpha project isn’t to be confused with the parks future Hurler conversion. One of the popular trends right now is having Rocky Mountain Construction convert old wooden coasters into “hybrid” style ride creations. This allows the rides to keep their wooden structures, but use a new steel i-beam style track system, and often adds new twists, over banked turns, and even inversions.
In addition to project Alpha, it is expected that Cedar Fairs long term plan is to convert Hurler — just as they did to The Hurler at Kings Dominion. With a new attraction opening in 2019, we don’t expect Hurler to be reborn until 2020/2021, unless the new atttaction is a re-located ride such as the Phantom Flyers. In that case, Hurler could open as soon as 2019.
How do you feel about the new hotel and new attraction? We would love to hear your thoughts — Let us know on our socials! For tickets and more information, visit the official Carowinds website by clicking here.
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