The first roller coaster in the world to send riders upside down four times, Carolina Cyclone debuted at Carowinds theme park in March 1980. This 2,100-foot long tubular steel tracked coaster was designed and built by Arrow Development for $2 million. Located in the Carolina Boardwalk section of the park, Carolina Cyclone starts with a 65-foot drop that sends the seven-car trains barreling through two back-to-back vertical loops and two corkscrew inversions at speeds reaching 41 mph before finishing with a 450-degree upward helix.
Estimated cost: $2 million
Train has seven cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Ride capacity: 1,600 passengers per hour
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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