This Arrow Dynamics steel looping coaster has been operating since 1980 and I would be tempted to say that it’s showing its age were it not for the fact that I didn’t ride it 35 years ago and therefore have no basis for comparison.
Seating two across in 14 rows for a total capacity of 28 riders, the train turns left from the loading station and ascends a 95-foot lift hill before making another left turn and descending 65 feet. It then travels through two consecutive vertical loops, traverses a small hill, turns and sends the riders through two consecutive corkscrews. This is followed by a short helix and brake run. And that’s all she wrote.
The layout of the track is actually pretty good. I liked the fact that the two loops came up one right after the other, with no break in the action, as did the corkscrews. What I didn’t like was the roughness of the ride. The loops were fine but the corkscrews were another story altogether. I found myself getting banged up – on the elbows - during these two elements. At least it’s not a headbanger.
Carolina Cyclone can be appreciated for what it is: a mostly enjoyable coaster offering moderate thrills. 2 ½ out of 5 stars. For more information about rides at Carowinds, visit https://www.carowinds.com/