Drop Tower: Scream Zone (Carowinds)

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Drop Tower: Scream Zone
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Status Operating since March 30, 1996
Cost $4,000,000
Rider height 54 inch minimum
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Giant Drop
Height 174 feet

Drop Tower: Scream Zone is a Drop Tower built by Swiss manufacturer Intamin currently located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It opened on March 30, 1996 as Drop Zone: Stunt Tower, being themed to the 1994 Paramount film.


On August 10, 1995, Carowinds announced that Drop Zone: Stunt Tower would be added to the park.[1] At a cost of $4 million, the ride opened on March 30, 1996.[2]

In August 1999, Carowinds closed Drop Zone: Stunt Tower when an accident on a similar ride at California's Great America killed a 12-year-old boy.[3]

Five Cedar Fair parks shuttered their Drop Zone: Stunt Tower rides on June 22, 2007 after a cable sliced the feet off a 13-year-old girl on Superman: Tower of Power at Kentucky Kingdom.[4]

For the 2008 season, the ride was renamed to Drop Tower: Scream Zone.



  1. Fitzgerald, Pat (August 11, 1995). "Drop into a new thrill zone at Carowinds". The Herald. p. 23. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  2. "The ultimate freefall". The Gaffney Ledger. March 22, 1996. p. 11. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  3. Jameson, Tonya (August 26, 1999). "Carowinds closes popular ride". The Charlotte Observer. p. 28. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  4. "More thrill rides closed after teen injured". Pensacola News Journal. June 23, 2007. p. 4. Retrieved December 22, 2021.

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