TODAY is the opening day for Carowinds and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s also the first day of Spring Break for many students. I can definitely see Carowinds being a Spring Break destination for families. I had an opportunity to preview the NEW Plants vs. Zombies 3Z Arena earlier this week at the media event. Here’s what you can expect…
Press Release: Charlotte, N.C. (March 23, 2016) â€“ Carowinds and PopCap Games â€“ creator of one of the worldâ€™s most beloved video game franchises, and an Electronic Arts (EA) studio â€“ announce the biggest, baddest battle in the universe as the worldâ€™s first intra-active 3-D digital experience, Plants vs. Zombiesâ„¢ Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena, debuts to the public on March 25.
This state-of-the-art attraction, designed exclusively for Carowinds, is based off the Plants vs. Zombiesâ„¢ Garden Warfare franchise – a hilarious and over-the-top video game series that includes the critically-acclaimed Plants vs. Zombiesâ„¢ Garden Warfare 2, now available in stores and for digital download on Xbox One, the all in one games system from Microsoft, PlayStationÂ®4 computer entertainment system, and Originâ„¢ for PC.
The fate of the world hangs in the balance in Plants vs. Zombiesâ„¢ Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena, as the evil genius Dr. Zomboss (the leader of the zombie horde) makes his newest attempt to collect all of the worldâ€™s brains. Having secretly overheard Crazy Dave, heroic horticulturalist and sometimes-brilliant nemesis, mention â€œgolden gnomesâ€, Dr. Zomboss decides he must seize the mysterious power of the gnomes for himself via a challenge to Dave and the plants! Players will step into the biggest, baddest battle in the universe as Team Plants and Team Zombies go head-to-head in a quest to collect the most golden gnomes, while traveling through time and space, and theme parks.
â€œWe are thrilled to bring the worldâ€™s first intra-active 3-D digital experience to the Carolinas,â€ said Brad Marcy, vice president and general manager, Carowinds. â€œWith digital attractions becoming an increasingly popular part of the modern amusement park, partnering with a renowned electronic games company like EA makes great sense. Plants vs. Zombiesâ„¢ Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena creates larger than life entertainment that our guests are sure to embrace.â€
Players will mount up on one of the 68 motion-based seats, which rock forward and backward nearly eight degrees in each direction, all the while shooting from a hand-held laser device at a 14â€™6â€ x 26â€™ screen. 3-D glasses provide an enhanced reality and added effects for players. The stakes are high as the respective teams attempt to overtake their foes. Plants vs. Zombiesâ„¢ Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena is located in the newly renovated Action Theater in the County Fair section of the park.
â€œCreating fun memories from unique moments is what the Plants vs. Zombiesâ„¢ franchise is all about and the 3Z Arena is another way people will get to take part in the eternal struggle between the plants and zombies,â€ said Jeremy Vanhoozer, senior creative director, Plants vs. Zombies franchise. â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to partner with Carowinds, and canâ€™t wait for people to dive into this innovative digital experience.â€
Can we just talk about the 3,000 Sq Ft. Starbucks for one moment! I think that it’s one of the things I’m most excited about. I’m notorious for heading to Starbucks in the morning for my Hot Chai Tea Latte. It’s how I start my day and it’s so tasty! In the afternoon I’m ready for a Venti Chai Frappucino frozen with no whip cream! The fact that I can now get my fix at Carowinds is EPIC! My family has the tendency to spend all day or the weekend at Carowinds.
Season Passes are the way to go! I have a family of six and I end up saving in the long run. You can experience this epic season with a 2016 Gold Season Pass that provides unlimited visits to Carowinds and the all-new Carolina Harbor Waterpark, as well as free parking, free admission to SCarowinds and more! They are currently available for as low as six easy payment of $16.50 on the Carowinds website.
Bonus: The Carowinds Mobile App has been updated. I’ll give you my thoughts in a separate post. I will tell you that I like it, it looks good, it’s user friendly and is convenient for a busy mom like me. I like anything that I can do with ease! Reminder: Carolina Harbor Waterpark opens on May 21, 2016. Feel free to take a look at my related posts to see all you can expect from Carowinds in 2016!