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Level 5 - Aggressive Thrill

At a Glance

Location: County Fair
Duration: 2 minutes; 47 seconds
Height Requirement: 54 inches
Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland

Prepare for take off! Afterburn embodies the high-flying speeds and gravity defying maneuvers of a fighter jet. Full of action and unpredictable inversions, this coaster is a "can't miss" for any thrill seeker visiting the park. 

Introduced to Carowinds in 1999, Afterburn is the park's 3rd tallest and fastest roller coaster. Riders fly through six inversions, including a space drop, a vertical loop, an Immelmann (an acutal manuver used by fighter pilots), a zero "G" roll, a batwing, a flat spin and finally a spiral.

With trains suspended below the track, riders loop on the outside of the track instead of the inside. Afterburn reaches a blinding speed of up to 62 mph and is distinguished by its inverted construction and smooth ride. The first drop is 113-feet tall! 

Rider Safety Information

Riders must have the body and spinal control to sit upright without the aid of other people or devices. Riders must have sufficient lower extremities to ensure the ride restraint system adequately restrains. 

Guests must have a minimum of three functioning extremities (two legs and an arm or two arms and a leg) to brace themselves (with tripod bracing) during the ride. Two functioning arms are sufficient instead of three functioning extremities if the guest has a normal center of gravity and the lower extremities are sufficiently strong to maintain proper rider posture under the dynamic conditions of the ride. Amputation must be at knee or below and the guest must have sufficient lower extremities to ensure the ride restraints system adequately restrains him/her. 

Riders must be able to enter and exit the ride without jeopardizing themselves or others and to assist with their own evacuation if necessary. Riders must demonstrate appropriate observed behavior indicating a willingness and ability to participate and/or follow rider requirements. 

Guests with cervical, neck brace and or a broken collar bone are not allowed. Casts are not allowed. 

Alternate Access Entrance is at the Entrance. Guests using wheelchairs should enter through ride entrance. Press the elevator intercom button for assistance from a rider operator. 

Warning: This ride contains strobe lighting. 

Hand-held infants and service animals are not allowed to ride.