Vortex (Carowinds)

Roller coaster
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Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Coordinates 35°06′14″N 80°56′30″W / 35.103780°N 80.941622°W / 35.103780; -80.941622
Park section Carousel Park
Status Operating since March 14, 1992
Cost $5,500,000
Rider height 54 inch minimum
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Product Stand-Up Coaster
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Stand-Up
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 90 feet
Drop 80 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 2040 feet
Inversions 2
Duration 2:19

Vortex is a steel stand-up roller coaster located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Opened on March 14, 1992, it is the third roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard. It is also the first one to open on the East Coast.


On August 15, 1991, Carowinds announced that they would be building Vortex.[1] It opened on March 14, 1992. The ride costed $5.5 million to build.[2]



Vortex has a height of 90 feet, a drop of 80 feet and a max speed of 50 mph.[3]

Color scheme

Red track and black supports.

Ride experience

After leaving the station, the train climbs a 90 foot chain lift hill. At the top, it drops 80 feet to the right, reaching 50 mph. Following the drop, riders head straight into a vertical loop before hitting a right-handed curve. The train then turns left and enters a helix. Riders approach a smaller drop and a corkscrew. After the corkscrew, the train goes through a figure eight turn. A left turn leads into the final brake run.


2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 24 riders per train.



External links

  • Vortex on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

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