Copperhead Strike Double Launch Coaster Coming To Carowinds
Carowinds will mark a turning point in its evolution as a destination amusement park when it introduces Copperhead Strike in 2019 – the Carolinas’ first double launch coaster!
Copperhead Strike will simulate the harrowing chase of getaway cars racing through rolling farmland, sending riders on two launches through a relentless winding ride over half a mile of steel.
In this innovative ride, the coaster dynamics are carefully crafted to offer a thrilling and intense low-to-the-ground experience. With three 16-passenger trains fashioned after 1930s coupes, Copperhead Strike sends riders cruising into a Jojo roll right out of the station. They then go into a lightning fast launch to 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 to accelerate into a memorable hang time loop, leaving passengers breathless and wondering which way is up.
- Coaster Type: Double Launch coaster
- Launching System: Linear Synchron Motor (LSM)
- Number of Launches: 2
- First Launch: From 0 to 42 mph in 2.5 seconds
- Second Launch: From 35 mph to 50 mph in 2 seconds
- Track Length: 3,255 feet
- Number of Inversions: 5
- Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds
- Height Requirement: 52″
- Trains: 3
- Riders per Train: 16
- Amount of Steel Used: 530 tons
- Ride Manufacturer: MACK Rides GmbH & Co KG, Waldkirch, Germany
Unlike most Cedar Fair coasters, renders of the rides themeing looks great! The barns and building really set the mood for that rustic feel.
Copperhead Strike will offer five inversions and is packed full of ground hugging twists and turns. The diagram below better shows those elements.
1: Jojo Roll
2: First Launch
3: First 360° vertical loop
5: Second launch
6: Inverted Top Hat
7: Second 360° vertical loop
A new coaster isn’t the only thing new coming to Carowinds in 2019. A new 130-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel currently under construction as well. The park expects 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,” said Pat Jones, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager. “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.”
Season pass holders will be among the first to experience Copperhead Strike in spring 2019. Fans can purchase 2019 season passes now at Carowinds.com at the lowest price of the season, and receive unlimited visits for the rest of 2018 and all of 2019. Those who can’t wait to experience the thrills of Copperhead Strike can take a virtual ride Below!
Copperhead Strike and Blue Ridge Junction will be opening at Carowinds in spring 2019. For tickets and more information, visit the official Carowinds website by clicking here.
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