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Press release and an official POV from today's media preview: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/carowinds/43178/

 

Intimidator changes the landscape for thrill seekers

 

New $23 million steel coaster at Carowinds inspired by racing legend Dale Earnhardt the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in the Southeast!

 

CHARLOTTE, NC, (March 26, 2010) /PRNewswire/ — If you think riding the Afterburn roller coaster at Carowinds is an adventure (and it is — it annually ranks among the top 25 steel roller coasters in the world in surveys done by several coaster experts), wait until this year!

 

Carowinds has changed the landscape for thrill seekers in 2010 with the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in the Southeast, Intimidator. Inspired by racing legend Dale Earnhardt, the $23 million steel coaster stands 232 feet tall at its highest point with a first drop of 211 feet at a 74-degree angle. Riders race their way around 5,316 feet of track at speeds up to 80 miles per hour!

 

Intimidator was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development, and becomes the park’s 13th roller coaster. The addition of Intimidator compliments Carowinds already impressive lineup of world-class rides, shows and attractions, including the all-new Planet Snoopy kids’ area.

 

“Intimidator has all the elements which make for a great coaster,” Carowinds’ vice president and general manager Bart Kinzel said. “It has height, speed, twists, sharp turns and an abundance of incredible air time. We’re very excited about our new signature attraction. There’s nothing else like it in the Southeast.”

 

Adding to the overall ride experience on Intimidator is the use of open-air, stadium-style seating on the trains, which are fashioned to mirror Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 RCR No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The design gives all riders an unobstructed view of all the thrills and excitement of Intimidator’s seven steep drops — one for each of his NASCAR championships — and intense finish through a spectacular diving spiral. The ride experience on Intimidator lasts a heart pounding three minutes and replicates the speed and intensity of a fast-paced NASCAR race.

 

Intimidator has a heavily themed midway, complete with a Victory Lane and a video tribute to Dale Earnhardt’s racing accomplishments. The ride is located in the Carowinds Plaza.

 

“Dale Earnhardt was arguably the most exciting, aggressive and skilled driver to ever race on a NASCAR track,” Kinzel said. “The name Intimidator pays tribute to a racing legend and gives the ride an identity that riders can truly identify and connect with.”

 

Intimidator will be ready for riders on Carowinds Opening Day, Saturday, March 27.

 

Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California under a management contract.

 

 

Media Contact:

Bryn Hough

Bryn.hough@carowinds.com

704-587-9050

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looks incredible :) i can just feel the airtime in all the places its supposed to be! makes me miss my Diamondback and makes me more excited for opening day/coaster season to start!!!

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Diamondback has more Air than Timmy but Timmy has the Sweet elements that DB doenst have. If you guys have the Chance GO to Carowinds this year and ride it. I got 35 laps on Timmy this past weekand.

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I just rode Intimidator on Saturday and yes it is way better than Diamondback. Intimidator ir my #3 steel coaster, Diamondback is my #6. Intimidator has a little more ejector style airtime with some floater. But the best thing about it is the cool elements like the weird hammerhead turn, the inclined helix, and the second hill. Diamondback is a good coaster, but for me, I only get airtime on the first hills before the hammerhead. After that, the ride has no airtime, and since the trim and MCBR are so hard, the ending helix has no laterals.

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