Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Status Operating
Opened 1973
Owner Cedar Fair
General manager Pat Jones
Previous names Paramount's Carowinds
Area 122 acres

Carowinds is a theme park located on the state line between North and South Carolina, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Fort Mill, South Carolina. The park officially opened on March 31, 1973.


Aerial view of the park in 2017

The park opened on March 31, 1973, at a cost of $70 million, after a four-year planning period led by Charlotte businessman Earl Patterson Hall, who was inspired to build the park by a 1956 trip to Disneyland and a dream of bringing the two states closer together. In 1975, the park was sold to Kings Entertainment Company after the Carowinds Corporation declared bankruptcy. The purchase marked a shift in the park's strategy as the ownership of the Carowinds Corporation was much more family oriented, with the new owners initially adding a clone of the Scooby-Doo wooden coaster found at other Kings Entertainment parks. The main turning point for the park was when they added Thunder Road in 1976, officially marking their new ownership as a park for thrill seekers and families. Later, in mid-1992,[1] the park was sold to Paramount Communications alongside all of the North American holdings of the Kings Entertainment Company. After the Viacom-CBS split in 2005, the parks were handed to the CBS Corporation who was seeking to sell their parks. They found a buyer in early 2006, and sold Carowinds to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company alongside the entire Paramount Parks chain. The properties were officially transferred under Cedar Fair management on June 30th, 2006.[2]

On August 4, 2020 the park announced that it would not operate at all in 2020 due to challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic regarding the legal dubiousness since the park operated on the state line.[3] The announcement of a complete closure during 2020 was soon proven to be false, as on November 18, 2020 the park announced a limited run Taste of the Season event [4]operating a limited selection of rides, with the focus of the event being mainly on a selection of food items.

Roller coasters

Present (14)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Afterburn Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 1999 Operating
Carolina Cyclone Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1980 Operating
Carolina Goldrusher Arrow Dynamics Mine train 1973 Operating
Copperhead Strike Mack Rides Launched 2019 Operating
Kiddy Hawk Vekoma Inverted 2003 Operating
Flying Cobras Vekoma Shuttle 2009 Operating
Fury 325 Bolliger & Mabillard Giga 2015 Operating
Hurler International Coasters Wooden 1994 Operating
Intimidator Bolliger & Mabillard Hyper 2010 Operating
Nighthawk Vekoma Flying 2004 Operating
Ricochet Mack Rides Wild Mouse 2002 Operating
Vortex Bolliger & Mabillard Stand-Up 1992 Operating
Wilderness Run E&F Miler Industries Kiddie 1998 Operating
Woodstock Express Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Wooden 1975 Operating

Past (3)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Flying Super Saturator Setpoint Suspended 2000 2008 Scrapped
Thunder Road Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Wooden 1976 2015 Scrapped
White Lightnin' Schwarzkopf Shuttle 1977 1988 Relocated to Gold Reef City



Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Sally Corporation Tracked Dark Ride 2001
Carolina Skytower Intamin Observation Tower 1973
Carousel Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel 1979
Camp Bus Zamperla Junior Flying Carpet 2018
Charlie Brown's Wind Up Zamperla Junior Chair-O-Plane 1973
Dodgem Barbieri Dodgems 1979
Do-Si-Do HUSS Troika 2017
Drop Tower: Scream Zone Intamin Drop Tower 1996
Electro Spin Mondial Top Scan 2017
Flying Ace Balloon Race Zamperla Balloon Race 1987
Kite Eating Tree Zamperla Junior Drop Tower 2018
Mountain Gliders Bisch-Rocco Flying Scooters 2005
Peanuts Pirates Mack Rides Sea Storm 2005
RipCord Sky Fun 1 Inc. Skycoaster 1995
Rock 'n' Roller Mack Rides Superbob/Musik Express 2017
Scrambler Eli Bridge Company Scrambler 1973
Scream Weaver Schwarzkopf Enterprise 1979
SlingShot Funtime Slingshot 2015
Southern Star Intamin Ranger 1986
WindSeeker Mondial WindSeeker 2012
Yo Yo Chance Rides Chair-O-Plane 2008
Zephyr Zierer Waveswinger 2017


Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Flying Dutchman Intamin Flying Dutchman 1973 1984 Scrapped
Rip Roarin' Rapids Intamin River Rapids 1982 2018 Scrapped
Snoopy's GR8 SK8 Chance Rides Falling Star 1990 2013 Scrapped
Whirling Dervish Zierer Waveswinger 1979 2000 Relocated to Paramount's Great America
Whitewater Falls Hopkins Shoot The Chute 1988 2016 Scrapped
Wild Bull Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve 1979 1998 Scrapped
Wild Thornberry's River Adventure Arrow Dynamics Log Flume 1973 2008 Scrapped


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