Carowinds is a nice park. I visited on a Friday and there were hardly any lines at all. The coasters are great. That's why I was there. I was able to arrive at 10:30 am and ride everything I wanted by 5 pm. I don't know if my experience was unusual, but I was very surprised by the lack of people. The weather was good, the rides range from mild to thrilling. The park seems like it should appeal to a wide variety of people. Yet, no lines? Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself. But by 5pm, I had ridden everything I wanted to ride and was ready to head back to the hotel even though the park remained open until 10. I say, give it a try. It is a nice park with a lot of fun and thrilling rides and milder ones for the younger crowd and/or the feint of heart. I do suggest bringing a cooler with food...my experience with the park food was not positive. The food was over priced and bland or in some cases inedible.