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Thunder Road

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Level 4 - High Thrill

At a Glance

Location: County Fair
Duration: 2 minutes; 10 seconds
Height Requirement: 48 inches
Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Company of Lansdale, PA

Classic Carowinds Roller Coaster Taking A Bow

Thunder Road is gearing up for its final ride. After 39 years and nearly 40 million scream-filled rides, this iconic wooden racing coaster will carry its last guests on July 26. The ride is being retired to make room for future park growth, which is part of a more than $50 million multi-year investment plan. 

The ride was originally named after the 1958 movie Thunder Road. It features twin, parallel racing trains that reach speeds up to 45 mph. The coaster features a 93-foot drop and races in and out of North and South Carolina, so riders can choose to take part in a friendly Carolina rivalry. 

Thunder Road was built in 1976. During the construction - 539,000 feet of treated wood was used. It was modeled after the Racer, another classic racing coaster at our sister park Kings Island in Ohio. 

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.

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 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, full arm cast, braced arm cast, or full leg cast are not allowed to ride.

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

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