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Aeronautica Landing Logo

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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Official Description:​

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​



Official Links​

 
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Yo-Yo came down yesterday (8/9). Here are a few photos. Rita's was demolished, all the games (except basketball) have been taken out, and the coke stand was demolished. Southern Star is now completely gone (as of today).
 

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Zachary

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Great shots—thanks for the update!

It's really impressive to see how quickly they're moving on this project. I'm used to parks dragging their feet and pushing everything off to the off-season. Definitely not the case here!
 
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Interesting in that corporate is really getting into refreshing older sections of parks with a whole new, very immersive themed environment. I assume this started with Jungle X-Pedition at KD this year; Carowinds with Aeronautica; and Cedar Point with their re-imagined boardwalk for next year. I'm excited for all parks getting this treatment in the future.
 
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BGW - where are you?

Reimagining current spaces is genius, and I love what Cedar Fair has been doing, thus I believe this is needed in Williamsburg. There's no reason why the area where DaVinci's Cradle was located or other spots near Land of The Dragons can't receive this kind of treatment.

Will be a winner, and I believe a new coaster will follow not too long after this.
 

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Couldn't help but notice this on Facebook...
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I'm over here thinking how I haven't seen many others wondering why they said a total of 6 rides when only 5 have been shown. Is there a typo, miscalculation, counting it as Afterburn, or an actual new 5th ride coming? The 6th ride has to be the re-themed bumper cars as the park definitely made it clear on that one. Looking forward to this but also confused.
 
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It looks like they Moved the bar to where the Chick Fil-A patio is in the blueprints. I wonder what that means for the PvZ theater.
I was just coming on here to say that! The theater is not in the video rendering either. Not sure if that just means it will be used for storage, or if it will be demolished. As of today, nothing has been touched over there. A buillding did come down today though where yo yo was... Here are a few pictures. If you like video check out my YouTube- Carowinds Fans Only
 

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I'm over here thinking how I haven't seen many others wondering why they said a total of 6 rides when only 5 have been shown. Is there a typo, miscalculation, counting it as Afterburn, or an actual new 5th ride coming? The 6th ride has to be the re-themed bumper cars as the park definitely made it clear on that one. Looking forward to this but also confused.
There are 6 total rides, 4 are new 1 is re-theme.

Gyro Force
Hover & Dodge
Air Walker
Gear Spin
Afterburn
Air Racer
 
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I feel like it's a typo. With that being said, I have a feeling Southern Star could return, although not in this section.

I'm really curious to see what happens with the theater though. It seems cost-prohibitive to remove but I would assume if they were converting it into the park's main show theater, they would have included it in the concept art.
 

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Because there are so many folks active in this thread lately, I did something I wasn't expecting to: I wiki-ified a non-officially-covered-park thread and shoved a ton of info into the first post. Hopefully someone finds it useful. If you see anything missing or that you'd like to improve, feel free to do it yourself or point it out so someone else can if you don't feel comfortable.
 
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Got these shots while I was at the park. Figured I would share!
 

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