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Carolina Cyclone

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Level 5 - Aggressive Thrill

At a Glance

Location: Carolina Boardwalk
Duration: 1 minute; 0 seconds
Height Requirement: 48 inches
Manufacturer: Arrow Development of Mountain View, Calif.

When the Carolina Cyclone 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.

Riders climb 95-feet and reach speeds up to 41 mph as they race through two 360-degree vertical loops, two 360-degree barrel rolls and a 450-degree uphill helix over the midway. In total, riders go upside down four times. 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. 

This Carolina Cyclone is celebrating its 35th Birthday this year! Be sure to add it on your list of thrills this year!

Rider Safety Information

Riders must have the body and spinal control to sit upright without the aid of other people or devices. 

Must have the ability to hold on with one functioning arm. A functioning arm is an upper extremity or prosthesis exhibiting good grip control, the ability to brace, and strong enough to allow the guest to maintain the proper riding position throughout the duration of the ride. Riders must have on functioning leg to be used for bracing the body during the course of the ride. A functioning leg may be a normal leg or prosthesis which can be sued for bracing and maintaining balance when entering and exiting the unit. 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 against the shoulder harness. Rides must have sufficient lower extremities to ensure the ride restrain system adequateley restrains. 

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. 

Riders with cervical collar, neck brace, broken collar bone, full arm cast, braced arm cast, or full leg cast are not allowed to ride. 

Alternate Access Entrance is at ride exit. 

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