Look here for the rides of Carowinds in North Carolina, reaching your heart's content. An original coaster in the park, the Gold Rusher, is a mine train type, designed by Arrow in 1972. The Thunder Road, built in 1976, is a wooden twin-racer, three thousand eight hundred and nineteen feet long with a lift hill of ninety three feet. The train reaches a top speed of fifty eight miles per hour.
The Carolina Cyclone is an Arrow Dynamics steel quadruple looper. The rides feature two consecutive vertical loops, followed by two consecutive corkscrews and finished by a four hundred and fifty degree uphill helix.
The Vortex is the Bolliger & Mabillard standup coaster, built in 1992 at a cost of five pint five million. The track is two thousand and forty feet long with a ninety foot tall lift that gives the train its maximum speed of fifty miles per hour. It has two twenty eight people, eight car trains that can move about one thousand two hundred and forty passengers in an hour time.
The Hurler is three thousand one hundred and fifty seven foot long wooden roller coaster, designed by International Coasters Inc. in 1994. The coaster features an eighty three foot lift hill that gives the train its fifty mile per hour top speed over its two-minute circuit. The coaster is themed for the "Wayne's World" movie, staring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey of the SNL fame.
The Carowinds in North Carolina has a wonderful set of water slides and rides in its water park Boomerang Bay. This is the Crocodile Run, which is a one thousand foot long river, taking its guests leisurely along its route through North Carolina and South Carolina. The Down Under Thunder is a four-person family river raft slide, where the riders are swirled down four stories through a five hundred and sixty four foot path of high-banked turns and unexpected dips.
The Sydney Sidewinder and the Awesome Aussie Twister are two new fast action slides. The Sydney Sidewinder chases guests through a winding and twisting three hundred and seventy foot chute. The Aussie Twister is a black-hole experience that plunges riders into the absolute darkness while they glide through giant tubes to a splash pond below.
The Great Barrier Reef is the most popular attraction in the water park, which is a twenty five thousand square-foot wave pool, providing a realistic surf-like experience. The Jackaroo Landing is a breathtaking three-story water jungle gym, complete with kid-controlled water sprayers, water wheels and a huge one thousand gallon drenching bucket that dumps water every few minutes. Certainly, there is a pool area for toddlers and infants, tenderly called the Kangaroo Lagoon and the Wallaby Wharf.
The attractions for all ages in the Carowinds in North Carolina contain the Carolina Skytower, which is an air-conditioned cabin that travels up the three hundred and twenty foot tower, giving guests a panoramic view of the entire theme park and downtown Charlotte. The Hey Arnold's Taxi Chase is a big city chase through Arnold's neighborhood ensues on this miniature a fifteen foot high roller coaster with taxicabs and a police car.
Any amusement park will be incomplete if there are no live shows and performances. The Carowinds in North Carolina has plenty of them. In 2006, Charlotte Carowinds presents the Orchestra and Jazz Band Festival, the 30th Annual Band and its 28th Annual Choral and Show Choir Festival along with numerous daily live shows and interactive performances.