After Geauga Lake closed at the end of 2006, it was assumed that most of the rides worth saving were going to be distributed to other Cedar Fair properties. This was the case with X-Flight at Kings Island as Firehawk, Dominator by the same name at Kings Dominion, and Thunderhawk at Michigan's Adventure. Now yet another ride is set to re-debut.
Carowinds was chosen to be the home of the boomerang coaster formerly known as Head Spin. With the ride set for dismantling, the ride was apparently destined for North Carolina. The sky blue track has been noted around the park.
Also noted were various boxes and teasers in the park. On the Carowinds website, the statement was 'Some worship these, others fear them'. Now that September 10th has come around, the ride has been officially revealed under its new name, Carolina Cobra.
As with many standard boomerang models, Carolina Cobra will start backwards up a 45 degree incline topping off at just under 12 stories, or 116 ft. The ride is dropped through the station, tackles a cobra roll and a loop before coming upto a similar hill, only to be lifted forwards, and the disorienting inversions taken backwards. It shall reach a top speed of 47 miles per hour.
Carowinds is no stranger to relocated coasters. The park's flying coaster, currently named Nighthawk, was moved from California's Great America, where it was under the name Stealth. It appeared on the Carolina estate as BORG Assimilator under Paramount ownership, and has been renamed yet again as Nighthawk under Cedar Fair. Carolina Cobra shall be the park's twelfth roller coaster.
Great Coasters International and Cedar Fair are at it again, together adding yet another blockbuster wooden coaster to one of its parks, this time, it's Worlds of Fun. Prowler shall begin to haunt the woods of the park in 2009 as the park's seventh roller coaster. This follows the parks previous newest coaster, Patriot, the inverted coaster addition built in 2006.
At an investment of $8 million dollars, Prowler shall boast being the park's only terrain coaster, spending most of its 3,074 ft course close to the ground, hugging the different topography that is Worlds of Fun's property.
The ride will be approximentally 85 ft tall, of which, the lift of that height shall be the only hill above the treeline. The first swooping drop shall take GCI's infamous Millennium Flyer trains and their 24 passangers up to a top speed of 51 miles per hour. Though the lift is only 85 ft, the whole course's total elevation change from it's highest to lowest point shall add up to 102 ft. The 2 trains shall feature blue, green and copper paint schemes with black seats.
The ride is projected to give 850 people the chance to ride within an hour. The grand opening is set for spring of 2009 as the park opens its gates for it's 36th year.