Carowinds debuts first double launch roller coaster in the Carolinas


In Charlotte this Saturday, Carowinds opens to the public with its brand new roller coaster Copperhead Strike.

It’s the first double launch roller coaster in the Carolinas. “Double launch” means that instead of starting with a slow climb, this ride starts by launching riders from 0 to 42 miles per hour, then launches them again halfway through the ride at 50 miles per hour.

Copperhead Strike also has 5 inversions, which is the highest number for any double launch roller coaster in North America. 

Make a Wish Foundation auction winners were the first to ride after raising over $10,000 for a local boy battling lymphoma. The money raised will grant his high-cost wish.
Lisa Stryker, Communications Director at Carowinds, says it’s ideal for those who aren’t fond of particularly big drops.

“It’ll take you 82 feet in the air,” she explains. You’ll go 0 to 42 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds on the first launch, you’ll go through all your inversions and twists and turns. You’ll be launched again at 50 miles per hour and it doesn’t stop there!

The attraction is part of Carowinds‘ new 7-acre Blue Ridge Junction area, complete with a restaurant and “Mountain Gliders” attraction.

There’s also a new hotel and dormitory, which makes this year’s new additions the largest investment Carowinds has made since the park opened in 1973.

Passholders will get the first opportunity to ride Copperhead Strike at Carowinds’ Season Passholder Preview Night on March 22, before the park opens to the general public on Saturday, March 23.

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