Carolina Cyclone

Roller coaster in the United States
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Carolina Cyclone
A train leaving the second vertical loop
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Coordinates 35°06′15″N 80°56′37″W / 35.104250°N 80.943607°W / 35.104250; -80.943607
Park section Carolina Boardwalk
Status Operating since March 22, 1980
Cost $2,000,000 USD
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Product Custom Looping Coaster
Type Steel
Track layout Double loop and corkscrew
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1600
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 95 feet
Drop 65 feet
Top speed 41 mph
Length 2100 feet
Inversions 4
Duration 1:30
Carolina Cyclone in 2005

Carolina Cyclone is a steel roller coaster located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Opened on March 22, 1980, it was built by Arrow Dynamics and was the first coaster to feature four inversions,[1] as well as being the first coaster with the double loop corkscrew layout.


Carolina Cyclone opened on March 22, 1980.

The ride was repainted with multiple different colors for the 2010 season.[2]

In 2020, the outer shells of the trains were replaced with ones from Vortex at Kings Island, which closed in 2019. As Carowinds would not open at all in 2020, the refurbished trains debuted in 2021.[3]

During the 2021-2022 off-season, Carolina Cyclone was once again repainted.[4][5]



Park guests can walk underneath the double corkscrew.

Color scheme

Teal track and white supports. The ride previously featured blue track on the final brake run, first turn and lift hill, with orange track on the rest of the track, and yellow on the inversions, with the supports being blue. The ride's color scheme before that featured blue track and black supports.


2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train.



  1. Carowinds website information
  2. Stilwell, Andrew (March 3, 2020). "40 Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Carowinds' Carolina Cyclone". Coaster101. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  3. "Carolina Re-Cyclone: Creating new trains from an old classic". Carowinds.
  4. Stilwell, Andrew (December 15, 2021). "WinterFest Returns to Carowinds; Here's What We Saw!". Coaster101. Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  5. "Refresh of Carolina Cyclone for the 2022 Season". Carowinds.

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Most inversions on a roller coaster (4)
tied with
Demon, Demon, and Python

March 1980 - May 1982
Preceded by
Most inversions on a roller coaster (4)
tied with
Demon, Demon, and Python

March 1980 - May 1982
Succeeded by

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