amusement park
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 opened on March 31, 1973, at a cost of $70 million, after a four-year planning period spearheaded 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. It is owned by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

History[edit | edit source]

Aerial view of the park in 2017

On August 4, 2020 the park announced that it would not operate at all in 2020 due to challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic.[1]

Roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Present (14)[edit | edit source]

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)[edit | edit source]

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

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Operating[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Sally Corporation Tracked Dark Ride 2001
Carolina Skytower Intamin Gyro tower 1973
Carousel Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel 1979
Camp Bus Zamperla Crazy Bus 2018
Charlie Brown's Wind Up Zamperla Waveswinger 1973
Dodgem Unknown 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 Tower 1987
Kite Eating Tree Zamperla 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 Music Express 2017
Scrambler Eli Bridge Company Scrambler 1973
Scream Weaver Schwarzkopf Enterprise 1979
SlingShot Funtime SlingShot 2014
Southern Star Intamin Looping Starship 1986
WindSeeker Mondial WindSeeker 2012
Yo Yo Chance Morgan Chair-O-Plane 2008
Zephyr Zierer Waveswinger 2017

Closed[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Flying Dutchman Intamin Flying Dutchman 1973 1984 Scrapped
Rip Roarin' Rapids Intamin River Rapids 1982 2018 Scrapped
Whitewater Falls Arrow Dynamics 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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