Carowinds is adding another ride – Sling Shot – for its 2015 season.
Sling Shot is a capsule suspended between two towers. It will catapult a two-person capsule nearly 300 feet into the air at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. After some brief weightlessness, riders will fall back toward the ground, often rotating head-over-heels and bouncing up and down until they come to rest at the launch point, according to park officials.
Sling Shot is part of a major makeover of the park, said John Taylor, Carowinds’ marketing manager. Sling Shot’s towers, along with the Fury 325 roller coaster, will change the park’s image from Interstate 77.
Fury 325 is one of the world’s tallest and fastest giga coasters. Fury 325 has a climb of 325 feet and then an 81-degree drop. Fury’s top speed is 95 miles per hour, park officials have said.
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Construction of Fury and Sling Shot are ongoing and expected to be completed for the park’s spring 2015 opening.
Also new for 2015 is a guest entrance, 900 more parking spaces and a makeover of the park’s restaurants to offer more food popular in the Carolinas, such as pimento cheese, ribs and pork, Taylor said.
There will be a separate charge to ride Sling Shot. The cost has not been determined, Taylor said. The ride will be near the Vortex roller coaster.
Other park rides that have separate fees are Dinosaurs Alive and Rip Cord, which simulates the feeling of hang gliding and skydiving at the same time.
Taylor said separate fees are typical for rides that “have low capacity.”
Cedar Fair, Carowinds‘ parent company, has Sling Shot rides at its Cedar Point and Kings Island parks in Ohio. The ride’s cost at Cedar Point was $25, according to news reports.
“Carowinds will be a destination for thrill-seekers,” said Mike Fehnel, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager. “We’ll have two of the 10 tallest roller coasters in North America, a total of 14 roller coasters – which is something that only three parks worldwide can top – and now we’ll have two new ways for riders to scream with joy at roughly 300 feet in the air.”
The new rides are part of a planned $50 million multi-year investment plan.