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Carolina Cyclone


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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.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1980 Steel Multielement Arrow Dynamics

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Drop: 65 feet
  • Height: 95 feet
  • Inversions: 4
  • Length: 2,100 feet
  • Trains: 2 - 28 passenger
  • Ride Time: 1 minute, 30 seconds
  • Top Speed: 41 mph
  • Train Mfg: Arrow Dynamics

Carolina Cyclone Facts & History

Inversions: Two Vertical Loops, Double Corkscrew

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

Where to Coast

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