Carowinds recently unveiled plans to dramatically expand their water park, Boomerang Bay, for 2016. The park will be renamed Carolina Harbor, and will feature twice the number of slides that are currently at Boomerang Bay, as well as many new attractions.

Admission to Carolina Harbor will be included with a regular park ticket, offering a great way to cool off at the park. The addition to the water park is part of a $50 million multi-year expansion at Carowinds that started with Fury 325, and is focused on bringing guests more family friendly attractions.

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“We listened to our guests and have made a promise to bring them more family-friendly attractions,” said Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “And we’re happy to be delivering on our promise with the addition of Carolina Harbor – a guaranteed ultimate waterpark experience. Carowinds is growing by leaps and bounds and continues to put the park on the map as the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas.”

Included in the new attractions at Carolina Harbor is a new two-acre family area featuring a giant aquatic playground, splash pads, and a new wave pool.

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In addition to the current slides at the water park, six new ones are in development as part of a thrilling slide complex known as Blackbeard’s Revenge.

  • Pirate’s Plank will send guests plummeting down a nearly vertical free fall where the floor drops out from underneath.
  • Cannonball Drop will twist and turn riders through an enclosed chute with four intense 360-degree turns.
  • Captain’s Curse shoots guests down a series of intense drops and turns.

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Besides the new attractions, the water park will get a new entrance, new restaurants, and two sand volleyball courts. The expansion will occupy the retired racing coaster, Thunder Road, so hopefully Carowinds will eventually add a new coaster to that area of the park to draw thrill seekers there again.

Do you think that Carolina Harbor will be a good replacement for Boomerang Bay? I think that Boomerang Bay definitely needed the upgrade, but Carowinds needs to focus on getting a good wooden coaster to replace Thunder Road at some point in the future.

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