The Scenic Railway is considered to be the heart of Dreamland - an unchanging icon that has stayed the same through decades of change.
It fell into disrepair after the attraction closed in 2005 and was badly damaged by an arson attack in 2008.
And when a revamped Dreamland opened in June some rides were operational but the Scenic Railway was still undergoing restoration.
Visitors left operators in no doubt that it was very much wanted
Carowinds and PopCap Games, creator of some of the world's most beloved video game franchises, and an Electronic Arts Inc. studio are leading the charge as innovators in the amusement park industry by announcing a new digital experience. Carowinds will open the world's first intra-active 3-D game experience, Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena, in spring 2016 - adding to the park's family line-up of thrills for all ages.
Plants vs Zombies Ride
The new attraction, exclusive to Carowinds, will be based off the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare franchise - a hilarious and over-the-top shooter videogame series that drops you into a crazy, all-out battle between plants and zombies in their fight for suburbia. The newest release from the franchise, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, will also launch spring 2016 and for the first time, zombies have taken over and plants are on the attack. Players will be able to join the battle with new characters including Super Brainz, a zombie super hero who thinks he's an 80's action movie star, and Citron, a bounty-hunting orange from the future.
An intra-active experience means the game allows players to interact with the opposing team's screen. Guests will step inside the state-of-the-art Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena complex decked with 3-D technology, massive screens, surround sound and motion-based seats, to enjoy outrageous and imaginative encounters with their competition. Teams will compete in the Plants vs. Zombies universe during an almost five minute backyard battle, where they'll shoot screens with blasters and track their scores as they go.
Additional information on Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena includes:
- 68 motion-based seats equipped with hand-held laser devices
- Nearly 3,600 square foot arena
- Two 14'6" x 26' screen with independent 5.1 surround sound
- The attraction will run approximately ten times per hour to accommodate between 600-700 guests.
- Players will be able to purchase photos in the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena retail store
- Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena will be located inside a transformed Action Theater, in the County Fair section of the park