Carowinds is excited to open two new water slides in their waterpark Boomerang Bay Friday June 20. The new slides will stand over 4 stories high and add 600+feet of sliding fun, bringing new thrills and splashes to the popular water park.
They’ll offer two distinctively different rides unique to Boomerang Bay.
Surfer’s Swell will travel a total of 263 feet; riders will plunge downward through a tunnel then swoop up onto an angled wall that mimics the sensation of catching an ocean wave. Guests then gracefully enter a final tunnel for a fun ‘splash landing’ into a pool at the bottom of this 45 foot tall experience. Dorsal Fin Drop offers 351 feet of slide and takes riders on the whirl of a lifetime as they gain speed in a curved-tunnel that blasts them into a bowl. Like a shark circling its prey, guests spin and swirl before sliding into the corkscrew exit.
The slides open just in time for the first official day of summer and are the first phase of a multi-year, multi-million dollar, capital investment plan at the park initiated by its parent company Cedar Fair. “Cedar Fair noted the growth in Charlotte and across the Carolinas, and saw an opportunity to grow our park as well,” says Bart Kinzel Carowinds VP and General Manager adding, “there are a lot of plans in the works to better serve our guests across all areas from infrastructure to new rides, it’s an exciting time.”
A group of special kids from the University City YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, got to enjoy the experience first. When the slides were announced in September 2013 they didn’t know how to swim, and never could have imagined themselves swooshing down the exciting twists and curves of Carowinds new slides. After 9 months of weekly lessons sponsored by Carowinds the kids became the honorary first riders down Dorsal Fin Drop and Surfer’s Swell.
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