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On August 11th, 2022, Carowinds officially announced a new aviation-themed land called Aeronautica Landing. This immersive new area is slated to replace the former Crossroads section of the park between Afterburn and Copperhead Strike. Aeronautica Landing is planned to debut in 2023, Carowinds' 50th anniversary.

Aeronautica Landing Concept Art


New Attractions​

Air Racer​

  • Manufacturer: Zamperla
  • Model: Air Race

Official Description:​

Do you have what it takes to maneuver these speedsters of the skies? Hop in a vehicle of your choice and race and roll through the obstacles recreated from heroic tales of ace pilots high in the Carolina sky. Air Racer delivers an exciting ride combined with impressive visuals due to its uniquely designed experience.
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Air Walker​

  • Manufacturer: Zamperla
  • Model: Skater

Official Description:​

Our aviation experts are testing the limits of an experimental aircraft engine and need your help. New lift and propulsion technologies simulated in this rotating ride can make planes faster but sometimes unstable. Willing to take a spin and put the latest and greatest thrill machine to the test?
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Gear Spin​

  • Manufacturer: Zamperla
  • Model: NebulaZ

Official Description:​

What if a ginormous, red-hot propulsion engine—normally used to thrust an aircraft through the atmosphere—was outfitted with seats for riders? What if the engine’s extreme power and force created a speeding, spinning adventure reserved for only the bravest riders? Say hello to Gear Spin.
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Gyro Force​

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Located inside secret testing grounds, the X-J1 is used to evaluate new lift and propulsion technologies. The wild experimental engine design on this experience is bigger and faster, and maybe a little unstable, and requires brave test pilots daily to help advance this exciting research.
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Rethemed Attractions​

Hover & Dodge​

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Official Description:​

Aspiring hovercraft pilots can learn the ropes in the specially designed, cosmic training ground. But there is a wacky twist: In this futuristic version of bumper cars, these are transformed hot rods into hovercrafts—and they are prone to malfunction and bump into each for a high-larious time.
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Food & Beverage Offerings​

Terminal A​

Official Description:​

Modeled after high-end and exclusive sky clubs, the new Terminal A restaurant and bar offers top-tier service, delicious eats, and craft beer on a stunning patio. Ask the friendly staff about the history of Carolina aviation and the flight jackets on display.
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Air Drop Supply Co.​

Official Description:​

Drop in for delicious treats at Air Drop Supply Co., the new walk-up diner. A unique kitchen from a container simulating those that are filled with supplies and dropped from airplanes to people below. Give the “Sky-High Dog” a try!

Additional Elements​

Aeronautica Landing Game Zone​

Official Description:​

Acrobatic challenges and prizes await as you walk a balance beam or hang as long as possible—all against a backdrop that simulates a high-altitude experience. Practice your accuracy by pushing your aircraft up a wall to win a race underneath a prized-filled canopy. Level-up your hoops game and score prizes with aeronautical clues to help with basketball trajectory and gravity. Try the balloon bust classic carnival game where everyone is a winner.
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Concept Video​



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The park had a trabant called Wagon Wheel back in the 80s. The outward facing trabant doesn’t look great as it throws one against restraints.

I don't find Freestyles uncomfortable at all, but I much prefer the older Trabants—I just find that the forces on them tend to be more intense and way more interesting.
 
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Name checked in this write up in 2016 (as the new County Fair was on the way) - they said they wanted one, and they got one. Have to respect that!

That Breakdance from Holiday Park never did surface.

They mentioned obtaining an enterprise in that article. Then recently Cedar Fair decided they don’t want them and removed Witches Wheel and Sol Loco. Huss still produces them so it shouldn’t have been a parts issue. That’s a shame. They are wonderful rides
 
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That Breakdance from Holiday Park never did surface.

They mentioned obtaining an enterprise in that article. Then recently Cedar Fair decided they don’t want them and removed Witches Wheel and Sol Loco. Huss still produces them so it shouldn’t have been a parts issue. That’s a shame. They are wonderful rides
The article mentioned that they were looking for a Schwarzkopf Enterprise model not the Huss version. The Cedar Fair Enterprise models, that were removed, were all Huss models.
 
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The article mentioned that they were looking for a Schwarzkopf Enterprise model not the Huss version. The Cedar Fair Enterprise models, that were removed, were all Huss models.
That’s true. But not very logical of them. Since Schwarzkopf went out of business in the 80s and Huss still makes theirs. Unless they wanted the Schwarzkopf to keep Carowinds Meteorite (scream weaver) alive.
 
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That’s true. But not very logical of them. Since Schwarzkopf went out of business in the 80s and Huss still makes theirs. Unless they wanted the Schwarzkopf to keep Carowinds Meteorite (scream weaver) alive.
Huss is notably horrible at reliability anymore.... They used to be the king but that king has fallen. Simpler designs are often easier to deal with and source parts for. Gerstlauer/Maurer/Zierer also likely produce parts for the Schwarzkopf stuff but, even so, it's trivial to find someone to reproduce defunct parts for simpler rides.

Yes, this is an outside looking in perspective, but I really think that avoiding Huss is a thing that parks try to do in today's world.
 
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The PvZ queue remaining instead of being demolished makes me think that the action theater will be home to another attraction at some point.
 
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I hope after burn gets a more modern retheme/or themed upgrades to it. Maybe a fresh coat of paint and new train design, and a new entrance/logo with this new look of the section.
 
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