Carowinds announced today development plans for a $50 million park makeover that includes construction of a new roller coaster, Fury 325 — that it is calling the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.
Fury 325 will simulate the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of a hornet, the theme park said in a news release. The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte.
“Starting with Fury 325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrill-seekers to celebrate the Carolinas,” says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.”
Riders will board into three 32-passenger open-air trains and begin their ascent to the top of a 325-foot (over 30 stories) hill. Fury 325 will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Riders will speed along 6,602 feet of track during the nearly three-and-one-half-minute ride. The initial drop that riders will experience is 81 degrees.
“The tradition of the park is so important to those who have grown up here,” Fehnel says. “It’s long overdue that we gave our fans a new energy surrounding Carowinds, which will build on our legacy as the premiere entertainment destination for generations of Carolinians.”
The new coaster will open next year. You can take a virtual ride on Fury 325 here.
The Charlotte Business Journal first reported almost a year ago that Carowinds was looking to bring the biggest, fastest roller coaster to the theme park. The information came from minutes of closed meetings with Charlotte and Mecklenburg County government officials as the park courted nearly $1 million in incentives for bringing 15 full-time and 270 seasonal jobs to the park.
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