Carowinds is introducing double launch coaster Copperhead Strike, which simulates the chase of getaway cars racing through rolling farmland.
Sending riders on two launches through a relentless winding ride over half a mile, the coaster dynamics are carefully crafted for a thrilling and intense low-to-the-ground experience.
Copperhead Strike has 16 passenger trains styled after 1930s coupes, sending riders out of the station and into a Jojo roll.
They’re then taken into a lightning fast launch to a 360-degree loop, moving into a series of near-miss twists, turns and flips.
Without slowing down, the ride launches a second time to accelerate into a hang time loop.
The new coaster has a top speed of 50mph, and five inversions – more than any double launch coaster in the US.
Copperhead Strike is designed and manufactured by Mack Rides of Waldkirch, Germany, a leader in roller coaster development.
The new coaster is located in Blue Ridge Junction – a new immersive, themed area inspired the Blue Ridge Mountain region of the Carolinas.
New additions at Carowinds
The redesigned seven-acre area will feature the Blue Ridge Country Kitchen. Also opening at Carowinds this year are the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott, a 130-room hotel.
“This is a clear demonstration of our commitment to being the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas for families and thrill seekers alike,” said Pat Jones, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager.
“Copperhead Strike adds a completely different experience than our other world-class coasters, giving our guests a diverse park-wide experience that satisfies like never before. Blue Ridge Junction, the restaurant and our new hotel are additions we know our guests will enjoy, ensuring Carowinds continues to be the place where the Carolinas come together to create lasting memories for generations to come.”
Carowinds is a 161-hectare theme park owned and operated by Cedar Fair. It is located on the border of North and South Carolina and features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, including 13 roller coasters.
Carowinds opens for the 2019 season this weekend.