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Racing Waterslide, International Festival coming to Carowinds


After a year’s postponement, Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina, reopens on 22 May when Carolina Harbor water park will debut Boogie Board Racer by WhiteWater, the longest mat-racing water slide in the Southeast. Carowinds is also debuting a new cultural celebration with global cuisine called Grand Carnivale.

On Boogie Board Racer, guests will ascend to nearly 60 feet, grab a mat, and choose one of six lanes where they’ll wait for the green light to begin an exhilarating competitive ride. Racers will zoom through tubes, high-speed chutes and a thrilling 360º loop. A final drop brings them to maximum acceleration before they reach the finish lane to splashdown. Boogie Board Racer is the first new attraction in Carolina Harbor since the waterpark was expanded and re-themed in 2016. The brightly colored slide will be located near the park’s newest roller coaster, Copperhead Strike.

Also new in 2020 is Grand Carnivale, a night-time international festival and street party celebrating global culture in grand scale, with signature beverages and a special menu. The Spectacle of Color full-scale parade is a highlight of the festival, with extravagantly decorated and brightly lit floats, and lavishly costumed street performers who will draw guests into the action, tossing beads as they travel through the park to the beat of lively music.

“The new Boogie Board Racer water slide will amp up the adrenaline in our world-class Carolina Harbor waterpark and our guests will crave its exciting twists and turns as they compete against friends in this fan-favorite racing attraction,” said Pat Jones, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager. “And we’re going all out with Grand Carnivale, the largest summertime event ever held at Carowinds.”

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