Today was the opening of Carowinds' 2013 season, and also the premier of their latest attraction, Dinosaurs Alive!
Much like at the other Cedar Fair parks, Dinosaurs Alive! is an extra-ticket attraction that allows guests to take a leisurely stroll through a five acre prehistoric landscape filled with 32 animatronic dinosaurs. Education is an important part of the experience, and there's plenty to be learned about the extinct creatures along the way.
The exhibit has taken up the location of a former car ride along with the former picnic pavilion area. Also new this year is a dinosaur themed movie in the park's 4-D theater, a new live entertainment show featuring the Peanuts characters, and the completion of Thunder Road's multi-year rebuild.
With the removal of the old picnic area the park has created the all new Carowinds Grove, a large new facility capable of hosting up to 15,000 people in one day. The new catering area has a much more relaxed feel, and even has a building that can be used as a VIP area for corporations who really want to treat their employees!
Carowinds is also celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, having opened in 1973. They just released this video of a poem written before the park opened for the very first time, and I have to say it is pretty neat. Congratulations to the park on their milestone!