As if a major waterpark overhaul wasn’t enough for 2016, Carowinds will be installing a brand new experience in their old Action Theater, Plants Vs. Zombies: 3Z Arena. This new attraction will be a digital 3D game themed to the popular video game franchise of the same name. It will be an attraction for the entire family to enjoy.
The attraction will be the first ever intra-active experience to come to a park. Intra-active means that two groups will be battling each other on the same ride. One on the left side of the theater, and one on the right. Old and new characters from the franchise will join the guests in the battle.
In the attraction, guests will use blasters and motion based seats to make the attraction even more immersive. The experience will last approximately five minutes and will run ten times per hour. 600-700 guests will experience the attraction in an hour with 68 people in each showing.
The opening of the new ride will coincide with the launch of the newest Plants Vs. Zombies game, Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, which will debut in the Spring of 2016.
The ride will be one of Carowinds’s most immersive attractions when it launches next year. It is sticking to Cedar Fair’s recent push to create more themed attractions at their parks. I think it will be a fantastic addition to the Carowinds lineup. Carowinds’s Action Theater will be the second in the chain to be re-themed to an EA franchise, California’s Great America is theming theirs to the Mass Effect video games in 2016. I would love to see these bring new life to the chain’s other Action Theaters, which include locations at Kings Island, Kings Dominion, and Canada’s Wonderland. I think this can be expected for the other parks in the coming years.
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