Gold Rusher

Carolina Goldrusher

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Level 4 - High Thrill

At a Glance

Location: Carolina Boardwalk
Duration: 2 minutes; 17 seconds
Height Requirement: 48 inches
Manufacturer: Arrow Development of Mountain View, California

Take a ride back to the times of the Carolina gold rush, the first gold rush in the United States. As you climb aboard our mine trains, you'll embark on an adventure that's full of hill-hugging turns, bluff diving drops and rich treasures.

Carolina Goldrusher is the oldest roller coaster at Carowinds, opening with the park on March 31, 1973. Don't let that fun fact fool ya' - this roller coaster is full of spunk and continues to produce as many screams as the day it was debuted. 

This wood and steel coaster rips through the Carolina foothills at speeds of 30 mph and features two lift hills and a 43-foot drop. Some call this roller coaster a timeless classic, but one thing is for sure - you'll strike GOLD! 

Rider Safety Information

The lap bar must be lowered and seat belt must be fastened and tightened securely at all times.

Riders must have the body and spinal control to sit upright without the aid of other people or devices. Rider's body must have the appropriate weight distribution for this ride.

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 one 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 used for bracing and maintaining balance when entering and exiting ride unit. Two functioning arms are sufficient instead of one functioning arm and one functioning leg if the guest has a normal center of gravity and the lower extremities are sufficiently strong to maintain proper riding posture under the dynamic conditions of the ride. Amputation must be at knee or below.

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

Alternate Access Entrance is at ride exit. Press the elevator intercom button for assistance from a ride operator.

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