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In a little bit of a surprise, Carowinds has announced that they will be installing (their previously removed) Larson Bisch-Rocco Flying Scooters in the new Blue Ridge Junction area of the park next to their other, bigger Project 2019, Copperhead Strikes.
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Carowinds.com said:
New for 2019!
Have you ever wanted soar like a bird over majestic mountains? The Mountain Gliders, opening in Carowinds’ all-new Blue Ridge Junction area in 2019, offers an experience that’s mighty close. After boarding one of the unique carriages, you’ll start spinning at a high speed, so much so that you’ll spin outward and rise to 28 feet above the ground. Once in the air, you take matters into your own hands by operating the carriage’s controls to command the glider’s flight. Whether you explore the high altitudes as if flying above the Blue Ridge Mountains or cruise at a lower elevation in the valleys, the choice – and experience, mild or wild – is up to you.

While this isn't exactly a new ride at all, it was formerly located in the Planet Snoopy section of the park before being removed last season when the entire area undertook it's transformation into the new Camp Snoopy. Flying Scooters are a great flat ride for the whole family so it's great to see it return to the park in an area that will probably draw in more riders of varying ages compared to it's former location.

If you're curious as to it's exact location, check out this screen capture from the park's Copperhead Strike Construction Cam where you can see the ride pad and queue taking shape.
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EDIT: as notated below, these Scooters originated at Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio, then moved to Kings Island in 1971 as Coney Island was a precursor to KI and most all rides were relocated to Kings Island. It moved to Carowinds in 2005 before going into storage for the 2018 season.
 
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These flyers were originally from Kings Island, not sure if you'll still be able to snap these or not.
 

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It's also the simplicity of its structure. You can easily recreate anything on the Bisch Rocco's in house if the park has its own fabrication facility. I'm also fairly certain Larson provides parts that are cross compatible between their own models and the old Bisch Roccos or even those weird Premier ones that are floating around at a few parks in the midwest.
 
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New location and theming. Roughly where White Water Rapids was located.
 

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