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Level 5 - Aggressive Thrill

At a Glance

Location: Carowinds Plaza
Duration: 2 minutes; 0 seconds
Height Requirement: 54 inches
Manufacturer: Vekoma Rides Manufacturing, b.v. of the Netherlands

Nighthawk is the closest thing you’ll get to flying without growing wings! Soar through the Carolina skies and over the water as you dive, dip and twist through a daring adventure.

The Carolina’s first flying coaster begins with a tension building climb and is followed by an intense ride that features eight inversions, most while flying face down – zooming toward the ground and turning skyward just in time for the next inversion. The unique rider position offers breathtaking and virtually unobstructed views of the park.

The first drop of Nighthawk is 115-feet tall, and it reaches speeds of 51-mph. For the best camera shots, check out the midway as riders soar overhead.

Rider Safety Information

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. 

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 normal center of gravity and lower extremities are sufficiently strong to maintain proper riding posture under the dynamic conditions of the ride. Amputation must be below the ankle. However, guests with an amputated leg above the knee may ride Intimidator with the use of a separate three-point harness provided the three-point harness can adequately restrain 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 or neck brace or broken collar bone are not allowed to ride. Casts are not allowed. 

Alternate Access Entrance is at the ride exit. Guests using wheelchairs should enter through special designated entrance to the right of the main ride entrance. Press the elevator intercom button for assistance from a ride operator. 

Warning: This ride utilizes magnetic systems during the ride. This ride contains strobe lighting. 

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