Carowinds’ Boomerang Bay Water Park to become “Carolina Harbor” in 2016
Since last year’s Fury 325 announcement, Carowinds has been hinting at making a “Big Splash” in 2016. Today, they finally revealed the long-awaited “splash” with the announcement of the expansion and rebranding of the park’s existing in-park water park, Boomerang Bay.
The new water park will be called “Carolina Harbor” and will become the “largest water park in the Carolinas.” The transformation is part of the park’s commitment to celebrate Carowinds’ heritage as the place where the Carolinas come together, creating an “aquatic playground” with thrilling new attractions, new amenities and a new coastal name.
“We listened to our guests and have made a promise to bring them more family-friendly attractions,” said Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “And we’re happy to be delivering on our promise with the addition of Carolina Harbor – a guaranteed ultimate waterpark experience. Carowinds is growing by leaps and bounds and continues to put the park on the map as the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas.”
Carolina Harbor will feature a combination of thrills, relaxation and family fun, including twice the number of water slides than the current Boomerang Bay. Among the new attractions announced today were the Multi-Slide Tower “Blackbeard’s Revenge,” family areas “Seaside Splashworks,” “Kiddy Hawk Cove” and “Myrtle Turtle Beach” and the new “Surf Club Harbor” wave pool.
Blackbeard’s Revenge is a thrilling new six story tall water slide complex that features three exhilarating attractions and a total of six thrilling slides; Pirates Plank, Cannonball Drop and Captain’s Curse.
A new two-acre family area will include many new activities to enjoy together:
Seaside Splashworks, a multi-level children’s water spray ground, will feature over 80 countless play elements including a giant 423-gallon tipping bucket.
Kiddy Hawk Cove and Myrtle Turtle Beach are two areas specifically geared with the “little squirts” in mind. These toddler areas will include jets of water spraying up from the ground surrounded by a charming garden atmosphere.
The 27,000 square foot Surf Club Harbor will be Carowinds newest wave pool, creating up to six-foot waves in 12 different wave patterns, mimicking the high surf of the Atlantic Ocean.
As part of the “Carolina Harbor” rebranding and expansion, Carowinds’ water park will also receive a new dedicated entrance just for the water prk, the new “Harbor House” restaurant featuring various Carolina favorites including BBQ and seafood, the new “Schooner’s” bar, sand volleyball courts, additional lounge chairs and all new upgraded facilities.
As part of today’s announcement, Carowinds also announced a new show for 2016, Cirque Imagine, which will debut in June, a new 3,000 sq. ft Starbucks near the park entrance, and hinted at a second attraction announcement for 2016 coming in October.
This is the second water park expansion for Carowinds in the last three years; The park added Surfer’s Swell and Dorsal Fin Drop in 2014. Carowinds’ Water Park originally opened in 1982, and was previously named “Ocean Island” (1982-1988), “Riptide Reef” (1989-1997), “Waterworks” (1997-2006) and “Boomerang Bay” (2007-2015).
For more information on Carolina Harbor, be sure to visit Carowinds’ Official “Carolina Harbor” website (There’s even a cool section for Construction Photos!) and follow the park on Facebook, and Twitter.