Viacom buys Carowinds, and it becomes Paramount's Carowinds. The first new ride is Days Of Thunder, a simulator ride, it is now known as Paramount Action F/X Theatre, and no longer shows Days Of Thunder. Meteorite is moved to the back side of Carowinds.
Waynes's World now known as Thrill Zone opens behind the Carolina Cylone adding the Hurler, a wooden triple out and back, The Rock Shop, and Stan Mikita's a restaurant. Meteorite is renamed Scream Weaver.
Hanna-Barbera Land is renamed to Animation Station and the Power Station and Low Voltage which was removed in 2002 were added. Other things include one side of Thunder Road running backwards, and the Skycoaster opens at the back of Wayne's World.
A 160 foot tall tower is constructed next to the Hurler. This tower is the Carolinas' one and only free fall. Drop Zone:Stunt Tower, The names says it all.
RipTide Reef doubles in size, and is renamed to the WaterWorks. Two slides were added The Wipeout!(replaced Racing Rivers) and The Tidal Wave. Also the Carolina Pipeline is renamed the Abyss. The park is 97 acres.
Zoom Zone opens behind Scooby-Doo's Ghoster Coaster, the area includes the Taxi Jam, Road Rally, and Chopper Chase. James Bond:License to Thrill video replaces the old Days Of Thunder video.
Top Gun:The Jet Coaster replaces the Wild Bull bayern curve ride. Top Gun is a 115 foot tall six inversion inverted rollercoaster from B&M.
Nickelodeon Flying Super Saturator opens where Blackbeard's Revenge was. The Saturator is a inverted interactive water coaster. A must ride in the morning attraction. Also this is the first year that the park's halloween haunt was open. SCarowinds starts scaring the park's night time guest every october, and this event grows year after year.
Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion dark ride opens along with Pipeline Peak in the WaterWorks.
The Blue Ridge area is rethemed to Carolina Boardwalk and Ricochet opens. Ricochet is wild mouse rollercoaster.
New for 2003 was the first phase of Nick Central which replaced Old World Marketplace(Queen's Colony). Runaway Reptar, an inverted family coaster replaced the old theater which had become an arcade. The Gaunlet and Log Flume got new names and the Skyway station got a major overhaul and became the Nicktoons Store. In late July, Smurf Island becomes the center of attention in the coaster fan circles.
BORG Assimilator opens on the island that the Carolina Sternwheeler used to go around. The "new" coaster is a used coaster from Great America called Stealth. The Carolina Sternwheeler paddlewheel boat ride is removed after 31 years of operation. The park finally starts planting flowers again, and the old Cinema 180 dome is torn down.
Flying Dutchman's Revenge and Little Bill's Cruisers are added. Flying Eagles are moved from Kings Island, renamed Phantom Flyers. Once again, Carowinds got to sing in December as Winterfest returned for the first time since 1983.
Boomerangs invade the WaterWorks, adds a kiddy waterslide called Platypus Plunge. The Frenzoid is removed and a heated pool named Kookaburra Bay opens. Paramount Parks is sold to Cedar Fair L.P., the sale is finalized on June 30th.