Vortex Standing Roller Coaster at Carowinds

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

Vortex opened to much anticipation in 1992, due to its unconventional stand-up trains. This ride is a long-time favorite among park visitors and roller coaster enthusiasts alike.

After boarding the South's first stand-up roller coaster, riders begin the climb up the ride’s 90-foot lift hill. After an exhilarating, curved first drop, Vortex soars into a large vertical loop, followed by an oblique loop. Passengers are then taken down into a carousel maneuver. This thrilling ride comes to an end after looping through a flat spin.

Vortex is a classic and evokes a sense of nostalgia in many of our seasoned park-goers. It’s also known for its nice views of the park, as well as its jolting twists and turns.

If you're looking for great video and photo opportunities, check out the area behind the Three-Point Challenge and Carolina Skytower near the Celebration Plaza section of park.

Height Requirement: 54” minimum

90 FT
50 MPH

Rider Safety Information

Min Height
  • A stand-up steel roller coaster that travels through a vertical loop, up and into an oblique loop, down into a carousel and finally into a flat spin. 
  • 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 three functioning extremities; one functioning arm and two functioning legs.
  • Leg prosthetics are not permitted on this ride. Guests with any upper extremity prosthesis must ensure the device is properly secured or removed prior to riding. Guests should check with Guest Services or speak with a member of the Ride Supervisory team to determine if they are eligible to ride using the full body harness or without the prosthetic.
  • Guests with a cervical collar, neck brace, or broken collar bone are not permitted to ride. Casts are not permitted.
  • Alternate Access is available at the ride exit where guests using a wheelchair will encounter an elevator. Guests will operate the elevator on their own. Riders will have to take several steps, on their own or with the assistance of a companion, and be capable of elevating themselves up into the seat.
  • Please do not use the ride restraints for support while entering or exiting, as they will shift. 
  • Visit our Guest Assistance Guide for additional accessibility information.