If you like roller coasters, you’ll want to visit Carowinds in 2019 to experience first double-launch coaster in the Carolinas, Copperhead Strike!
According to Carowinds’ website: “As the first double-launch roller coaster in the Carolinas, Copperhead Strike will deliver twice the boost and twice the bite. The ride immediately leaves the station and goes into a jo-jo roll before loading into the launch station. After pausing, the ride takes off at an incredible 0 to 42 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. Guests will experience a series of fast, tight, close-to-the-ground maneuvers and flip upside down in five head-over-heels inversions — the most of any double launch coaster in North America. Midway through the ride, a second thrust of acceleration launches riders into the next half of the exciting experience. Copperhead Strike does not let up during its 2 minute and 24 second ride along 3,255 feet of steel. It’s full throttle all the way from start to finish!”
You can see a video of the new ride here: Copperhead Strike Flyover Animation
Here are few stats about the new ride:
Coaster Type: Double Launch coaster
Launching System: Linear Synchron Motor (LSM)
Number of Launches: 2
First Launch: From 0 to 42 mph in 2.5 seconds
Second Launch: From 35 mph to 50 mph in 2 seconds
Track Length: 3,255 feet
Number of Inversions: 5
Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds
Height Requirement: 52″
Riders per Train: 16
Amount of Steel Used: 530 tons
Ride Manufacturer: MACK Rides GmbH & Co KG, Waldkirch, Germany
Copperhead Strike will be the feature attraction of the new “Blue Ridge Junction” a new 7-acred themed area at the park. In Blue Ridge Junction guests will experience a sliver of North Carolina’s Mountains and South Carolina’s Upstate that offer majestic landscapes and lots of local charm. The new area will also feature flavors of the area in the all-new Blue Ridge Country Kitchen.
Find out more about Copperhead Strike and Blue Ridge Junction here.
The new area and coaster are set to open Spring of 2019.