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The oldest operating stand-up roller coaster in the United States. Vortex was one of three early versions of the B&M stand-up coaster and the only one of these that has not been retrofitted with "floorless" trains.

Vortex is not very tall, fast or long, instead, the novelty is that you stand while riding in the specially designed trains. The track rises nine stories before the first descent into one of two inversions, a vertical loop. After a banked downward turn, the track continues with an upward helix followed by the second inversion, a corkscrew.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1992 Steel Stand-Up, Multielement Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Inversions
    upside down elements
  • Ride Time
    2 minutes, 19 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Number Of Trains
    2 - 24 passenger

Vortex Facts & History

Opening date: March 14, 1992

Train has six cars with one row each, seating four abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 54 inches tall

Where to Coast

Visit Carowinds to ride this roller coaster.

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