Aspiring roller coaster designers should take note. Not only will Carowinds’ roller coaster enthusiast event, Coaster Stock, feature plenty of ERT (Exclusive Ride Time), but the event will also feature a rare opportunity to talk with a roller coaster designer. Recently, the park announced that Bob Mampe from Bolliger & Mabillard will be on-hand to take questions. Here’s the full itinerary:
Coaster Stock Itinerary
8:00a – 9:30a: ERT on Afterburn, Woodstock Gliders, Lucy’s Crabby Cabbie & Flying Ace Aerial Chase
10:00a – 11:00a: Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Competition – Session #1
11:30a – 1:00p: Picnic in Plaza 3 and Q&A with Bart Kinzel (VP/General Manager), “Uncle” Jerry Helms (VP of Operations), and Bob Mampe from Bolliger & Mabillard
1:30p – 2:30p: Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Competition – Session #2
6:00p – 7:00p: Special Surprise (meet at the Carowinds Plaza Stage)
8:00p – 9:00p: Snoopy Rocks On Ice at the Carowinds Theatre
9:00p – 10:30p: Park Jeopardy, videos and awards ceremony at the Carowinds Theatre
10:30p – midnight: ERT on Intimidator and Nighthawk
Believe it or not, I’ve never attended an enthusiast event like this. I’ve been a loner for the most part when it comes to my hobby. I’m kind of used to only being around ‘my people’ virtually. It’d be neat to meet some coaster enthusiasts in person. Plus, night time ERT on Intimidator and Nighthawk, and the opportunity to talk with Bob Mampe would be amazing.
Interview Questions – DRAFT
Question #1. Mr. Mampe, do you know just how amazing your roller coasters are?
Question #2. Do they knight roller coaster designers in Switzerland?
If you’ve read my reviews then you know that I’m a huge B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard) fan as their steel roller coasters like Apollo’s Chariot, Montu, & Kumba are my favorite. Carowinds has two B&M-designed 9’s in Intimidator and Afterburn. It might be a little hard for me to keep it together and not completely geek out. Mampe’s name is on the ACE plaque commemorating the original Batman – The Ride as the World’s first inverted roller coaster. So, he must be an integral member of B&M’s staff. Between talking with him and taking that Busch Gardens Coaster Tour last year, my coaster knowledge could be getting quite a boost!
The event will also include a video competition:
You’ve taken the videos, now win the prizes! Submit your favorite homemade Carowinds video. This can be anything Carowinds-related. From those old home movies to a travel report, to your idea for a great Carowinds commercial. The more creative, the better!
Carowinds officials will pick the Top 3 videos to be shown at the evening ceremony during Coaster Stock and the audience will vote and have the final say in who wins the top prize.
See the rest of the details for Coaster Stock.
Also, I found an interview from 2004 where Bob Mampe talked with a reporter about Knott’s Berry Farm’s Silver Bullet. Read it here.
What’s Your Take?
Amusement parks across the country hold special events like this. Have you ever attended one? What’d you think? Got any tips for a first-timer? Leave a comment below.