Sunday, December 27, 2015

Carolina Harbor Waterpark Expansion Taking Shape at Carowinds

This mild winter (so far, at least) has been extra kind to parks working on major new projects - just like the massive water park expansion taking place at Carowinds.  To be known as Carolina Harbor, the complete renovation of the facility will result in the largest water park in the Carolinas and continue Carowinds' overall beefed up offerings.

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While there is plenty that is brand new for Carolina Harbor, the parts of the existing water park that will remain are also being refreshed.  Here we see one of the park's many water slides receiving a brand new coat of paint -the Barracuda Blasters feature totally enclosed trips down to the splash pool.  Carolina Harbor's 80 foot tall slide complex, now known as Storm Surge, has also changed from faded blues and grays into brilliant bright colors.

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The expansion features a ton of new attractions as well, like the highly anticipated Blackbeard's Revenge slide complex, which can be seen rising toward the sky in the above photo.  The tower at the peak of the structure will have three Pirate's Plank body slides which start will a trap door free fall.  Other brand new additions include the Surf Club Harbor wave pool, two more children's areas, and Seaside Splashworks, a huge water play structure.

Those wishing to keep tabs on the huge project can start with the live camera (a view from which is seen here) that's featured on the Carolina Harbor webpage.  Want even more photos of the recent construction progress?  Check out this gallery on Flickr and this post from Carowinds Connection for plenty more.

Carowinds also recently received tax incentives for the project, which will stretch as long as 30 years to help with the massive $25 million price tag of this expansion.