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Post February 8th, 2018, 10:49 pm
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Looks like Carowinds has filed construction permit for their 2019 project "Project Alpha".

Could be anything at this point, but if by chance it's a roller coaster, I'm hoping it's a wooden coaster of some sort (GCI or RMC) as the park currently lacks a modern woodie.
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Post February 9th, 2018, 12:27 am
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I know its not probable, but I am going with my dream of large scale Gravity Group, we need more in the US
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Fury 325 clone

Or Twisted Timbers clone?
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Shot in the dark, but...RMC Hurler? Other than that, I have no clue.
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Post April 24th, 2018, 9:10 am

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Looks like some clearing is going on for the 2019 project:

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For anyone wondering where this is in the park, this is around where Thunder Road's station once was.

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Post April 24th, 2018, 4:52 pm
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Saw it for myself like 2 weeks ago and it's a pretty decent sized plot of land. Personally I'm hoping for either a GCI or some sort of launch coaster since the park is lacking both of those.
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Wonder if it will include "Timbers" in the name.
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Post April 26th, 2018, 1:00 pm
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The general area is a bit smaller than Nighthawk's layout, so something around that size could go in that spot with zero creativity.
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Post April 27th, 2018, 10:23 pm
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Some blueprints have surfaced thanks to Screamscape. Looks pretty legit. It's definitely a Mack launcher but it looks like it could be a spinner like Time Traveler. I kinda hope these are fake as this layout is kinda bad.

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Post April 27th, 2018, 11:30 pm

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I think it looks like a really intense layout. Tophat into a strong (likely overbanked) turn, into a loop. Seems like a very cool layout, but I'd expect it to be a regular train rather than spinning. A tophat could be difficult with changing-angle seating. But some of the maneuvers on Time Traveler surprised me, so maybe I'm wrong.

I also would expect (given the investment and the innovation) that SDC would incentivize Mack to keep the launched inverting spinner design off the tables for a few years for the sake of originality.

Either way, it would be great to see the modern Mack types entering Cedar Fair. Sierra Sidewinder and half a dozen of those Wild Mouse things are all they've done for CF in the last 20 years, and Mack is doing incredible crap right now.
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Not sure I'd be judging the layout too seriousely from a top down overlay lol. I agree with Gerstlcrazy it has potential though.
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I think whatever it is, its great to see Mack starting to build large-scale rides in the US.
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I think that layout has potential to be pretty good, though I hope it's a megacoaster and not a spinner. Either way, if this ride pans out, CF is really working with a diverse list of firms at the moment. Major coasters from Mack, B&M, RMC, GCI, and Gerstlauer all within a few years of each other? That's great.

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^I totally agree with the diversity comment. For awhile, it seemed to be only B&M and GCI. This new spread basically makes up for the lack of Intamin business there.
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How many inversions or "VERY" special elements do you think will be placed there? Must be incredibly awesome! :)
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^ The webcam has been shut off, sadly. :(
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Post May 18th, 2018, 8:26 pm
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Footers are arriving with German paperwork. They match other Mack footers as well. I think it's safe to say a Mack is confirmed at this point.

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After riding Time Traveler last week, I have no further issue if this turns out to be a spinner. Either Mack spinner or mega will be great for Carowinds.

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I really hope it's not one of those spinners.
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Ripep potential intamin.
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Definitely not going to be a spinner. Check out the layout of the air gates; they're the same as the regular Mack Mega trains. Time Traveler's air gates have a solid 10 feet between pairs of them. oh well, it'll still be fun.
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