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Carowinds announces ‘50 years of Carolina fun’ in honor of its 50th anniversary

by Susan and Simon Veness

Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina opened in 1973 to a crowd of 6,000, and in 2023 it will celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary with new rides, attractions, and dining outlets during “50 years of Carolina fun.”

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Aeronautica Landing coming to Carowinds in 2023
Artist renderings and photos courtesy of Carowinds

The limited-time event begins when Carowinds opens for the 2023 season, with the debut of the new Aeronautica Landing that recalls the Carolinas’ spirit of invention, exploration, and aviation. Themed to the thrill of flight, the area will include five new attractions and a rethemed existing ride.

Aeronautica Landing will also feature two new dining outlets and one upgraded dining location when it opens in spring of 2023. Guests can enjoy a craft beer bar and patio and a new snack spot, plus a game zone with four midway games and a rethemed basketball challenge.

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Terminal A restaurant

Further details about new rides and attractions, entertainment, dining options, and other experiences will be announced at a later date.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to provide immersive experiences for our guests that showcase the rich history and heritage of the Carolinas, while showcasing the rich legacy and original themes of Carowinds,” said Manny Gonzalez, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “This region played such an integral role in the history of developing and testing the tools for aviation, and we believe Aeronautica Landing will help bring that to life for our guests for years to come.”

Gold Season Passes for 2023 are on sale now at the season’s lowest price of $120. These passes include unlimited visits and free parking for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023, plus in-park discounts, admission to Carolina Harbor Waterpark and Carowinds’ annual events such as Grand Carnivale, SCarowinds, and WinterFest, and more.

Purchase by August 14, 2022, and receive a Fast Lane Pass valid through October 30, 2022.

“I am proud to be celebrating the golden anniversary of Carowinds, as well as the amazing associates who have delivered on our goal to make our guests happy,” Gonzalez added. “I look forward to the next exciting 50 years as we continue to bring happiness to our community.”

For more information visit Carowinds.com.


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