The Carolinas’ first double launch roller coaster is officially opening this Saturday, March 23 at Carowinds Amusement Park in Charlotte.
Copperhead Strike is different from any coaster in Carowinds’ park, delivering a series of fast, tight, close-to-the-ground maneuvers tangled with five head-over-heels inversions; the most of any double launch coaster in North America.
“Double launch” means not only does the ride take off at an incredible 0 to 42 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, but midway through a second thrust of acceleration launches you into the next half of the experience, according to the park.
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″
Riders per Train: 16
Amount of Steel Used: 530 tons
Ride Manufacturer: MACK Rides GmbH & Co KG, Waldkirch, Germany
The ride will be based in the park’s a new 7-acre themed area, Blue Ridge Junction, based off the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountain region. The are will also include the Blue Ridge Country Kitchen. Learn more about Blue Ridge Junction here.
Carowinds also announced plans for its first on-site hotel, which will be breaking ground in the spring.
Copperhead Strike and Blue Ridge Junction will be opening at Carowinds on March 23.