Carowinds' Carolina Cyclone Steel Roller Coaster

Park: 10 AM - 10 PM Waterpark: 11 AM - 6 PM View Hours
Carolina Cyclone

When the Carolina Cyclone originally debuted at Carowinds in March 1980, it was the first roller coaster in the world with four inversions. Equipped with a new harness restraint system and new paint job, the Carolina Cyclone is still a fan-favorite.

After boarding, riders begin the climb up this coaster’s 95-foot lift hill. After the first drop, they immediately race through two tall 360-degree vertical loops. This maneuver is followed by two 360-degree barrel rolls that send riders spiraling above the midway. Finally, a 450-degree uphill helix finishes this Cyclone’s journey across the midway, and sends riders back to the station. In total, riders go upside down four times and reach speeds up to 41 mph. WHAT A RUSH!

Your friends on the ground can walk under the last two inversions and cheer as you go through a whirlwind tour. This is also a great spot to grab some pictures.

Height Requirement: 48” minimum


Rider Safety Information

Min Height
  • A high-speed, looping roller coaster which turns riders upside down. Riders will experience weightlessness and rapid movements from side to side.
  • A shoulder harness with a between-the-legs safety belt secures each rider over the head and across the chest.
  • Due to the nature of the restraint, this ride may not accommodate guests of a larger size. 
  • Guests must have a minimum of two functioning extremities; one functioning arm and one functioning leg. Two functioning arms are sufficient instead of one functioning arm and one functioning leg if the guest is able to form a saddle posture with leg remnants sufficient to brace self upright in the seat.
  • Guests with a cervical collar, neck brace, broken collar bone, full arm cast, braced arm cast, or full leg cast are not permitted to ride. 
  • Alternate Access is available at the ride exit. Riders will have to transfer into the seat, on their own or with the assistance of a companion.
  • A transfer device is available upon request which may assist a rider out of a wheelchair and into the ride unit.
  • Please do not use the ride restraints for support while entering and exiting, as they will shift.
  • Visit our Guest Assistance Guide for additional accessibility information.