Carowinds announces plans for new coaster, part of largest investment in amusement park’s history

Construction of the new coaster is underway. Photos courtesy of Carowinds.

The Carolinas’ shared amusement park, Carowinds, is taking a turn towards large investments in 2019. In the coming year, the park will introduce its first double-launch roller coaster, calling it Copperhead Strike.

Designed and manufactured in Waldkirch, Germany, the ride will simulate a getaway car chase through a wild experience that spans over half a mile. With three 16-passenger trains, created to look like a variation of 1930’s coupes, Copperhead Strike will launch passengers into a 360-degree loop along with other heart-racing turns and flips.

The ride will stand in Blue Ridge Junction, an area of the park spanning seven acres, inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountain region of the Carolinas.

“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,” said Carowinds Vice President Pat Jones.

Season pass holders will be the first to experience the thrill of Copperhead Strike; but for those eager to experience the ride, a virtual tour is available on the park’s website.

Along with the construction of Copperhead Strike, Carowinds’ largest investment (since its opening in 1973) will include the addition of a 130-room hotel to accommodate guests.

“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,” said Jones.

The park will also introduce an internship program for students studying travel and tourism, including a dormitory to house future interns.

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