Carowinds, North Carolina, is set to boost its evolution as a destination amusement part with the introduction of Copperhead Strike. The Carolina’s first double launch coaster will arrive in 2019, and simulate the chase of getaway cars racing through rolling farmland. Riders will experience two launches through a relentless winding ride across 3,255ft of steel at a maximum height of 82ft.
The Mack Rides coaster dynamics are carefully crafted to offer an intense low-to-the-ground experience. With three 16-passenger trains fashioned after 1930s coupes, Copperhead Strike sends riders from 0-42 mph in 2.5 seconds into a Jojo roll right out of the station. They then launch into a 360° loop, the second of five inversions, moving into a series of near-miss twists, turns and flips. Without slowing down, the ride launches a second time from 35-50 mph in 2 seconds into a hang time loop. This is Carowinds’ 14th coaster – only four parks in the world have more.
The new coaster is the central element of Blue Ridge Junction, a new immersive, richly themed area inspired by the majestic beauty and easy-going culture of the Blue Ridge Mountain region of the Carolinas. Conceived for the purpose of engaging all five senses, the redesigned seven-acre area will feature the new Blue Ridge Country Kitchen restaurant in the former Wings restaurant location.
More transformational features will open at Carowinds in 2019: The new SpringHill Suites by Marriott at Carowinds, a 130-room hotel currently under construction, is expected to welcome its first guests late in the year. Also added for the first time is a new dormitory to house students from across the region and around the world, allowing the park to develop programs such as a full internship for travel and tourism students. These features, along with the new roller coaster and themed area, encompass the largest investment in the park since its opening in 1973.
“This is a clear demonstration of our commitment to being the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas for families and thrill seekers alike. Copperhead Strike adds a completely different experience than our other world-class coasters, giving our guests a diverse park-wide experience that satisfies like never before. Blue Ridge Junction, the restaurant and our new hotel are additions we know our guests will enjoy, ensuring Carowinds continues to be the place where the Carolinas come together to create lasting memories for generations to come.”
– Pat Jones, Carowinds vice president and general manager