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Carowinds’ Fury 325 named best new ride in readers’ poll

Roller coaster riders enjoy their experience on Carowinds'  Fury 325, the world tallest and fastest giga coaster. The coaster was awarded a Golden Ticket for best new ride of 2015.
Roller coaster riders enjoy their experience on Carowinds' Fury 325, the world tallest and fastest giga coaster. The coaster was awarded a Golden Ticket for best new ride of 2015. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

For the first time in Carowinds history, readers of the industry trade publication Amusement Today awarded the park the Golden Ticket Award for Best New Ride in the world for Fury 325.

Additionally, Carowinds was the only park worldwide to have two of its rides ranked in the top 10 best steel rollers coasters: Fury 325 at fourth and Intimidator seventh. Fury 325 had the highest debut of any coaster in nine years on the annual ranking.

“It’s both a privilege and honor to receive this well respected award for Best New Ride,” said Mike Fehnel, vice president and general manager of Carowinds. “It’s the first time in Carowinds history we’ve been recognized with a Golden Ticket Award by Amusement Today. Fury 325 is a signature coaster that will forever define the skyline at Carowinds, and our team is very proud of what we have achieved together this season.”

More than 1.5 million riders have ridden Fury 325 since its debut in March. The coaster stands 325-feet tall – 20-feet higher than the Statue of Liberty. Riders drop at an 81-degree angle at speeds up to 95 mph.

About 400 people attended the Golden Ticket awards ceremony Saturday at Luna Park in Coney Island, N.Y. These awards annually honor the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry and are calculated from an international poll of park enthusiasts, conducted by Amusement Today.

Golden Ticket winners

A list of all the Golden Ticket Award is at www.amusementtoday.com.

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