Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Carowinds to build an $11 million ride -- in South Cackalacky

Technically it will be on the South Carolina side of the theme park, but Carowinds has announced that it will build an $11 million ride.

... Fort Mill attorney B. Bayles Mack, who represented Carowinds at Monday's York County Council meeting, confirmed his client plans to build a new ride but wouldn't give more details[ according to the Charlotte Observer].

“There will be some other facilities as well, I'm sure,” Mack said.

The original 2004 “fee-in-lieu-of-taxes” agreement between the county and then-Carowinds owner Paramount called for the park to invest $17 million on the York County end of the 112-acre park, which straddles the S.C.-N.C. state line. That pact was set to expire Dec. 31.

To date, Carowinds has spent about $14 million on the S.C. side of the park under the agreement.


This past year, Carowinds added its first new coaster in five years, the Carolina Cobra. The attraction is the second tallest at the park.

The coaster follows the $4 million Nighthawk, which was added in 2004.

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