United States North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Events All Charlotte How Do Carowinds Roller Coasters Rate? By Arthur Levine Arthur Levine Facebook Twitter Arthur is a travel writer with more than 25 years of experience. He has been covering theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and attractions for TripSavvy since 2002. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/06/19 Share Pin Email Straddling the North and South Carolina borders, Carowinds in Charlotte has an impressive collection of roller coasters. The following collection of mini reviews doesn't include all of the park's roller coasters. It does provide a rundown of five of them. 01 of 05 Intimidator Mini Review Cedar Fair Entertainment Company The company that designed and manufactured Intimidator, the Carowinds ride that sits near the front of the park, can seem to do no wrong when it rolls out its signature hypercoasters. Like similar thrill machines that Swiss coaster mavens Bolliger & Mabillard have built for other parks, Intimidator is another super-smooth ride with delirious moments of floating airtime. Read my full review of Intimidator at Carowinds. Rating for Intimidator (0=Blech!, 5=Wahoo!): 4.5 Type of coaster: Steel hypercoaster Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 8.5No inversions, but wild speed, height, and G-forces—particularly negative-G "airtime" Height: 232 feet First drop: 211 feet First drop angle: 74 degrees Other drops: 178 feet, 151 feet, 105 feet, 90 feet Top speed: 75 mph Track length: 5316 feet Height requirement: 54 inches Ride time: 3:33 minutes Continue to 2 of 5 below. 02 of 05 Afterburn Mini Review Cedar Fair Entertainment Company A thrilling ride with a great layout, Afterburn is among the best inverted coasters you'll have the pleasure to hoot and holler your way through. Like many inverted coasters, Carowinds' thrill machine includes lots of inversions and huge bursts of positive G-forces. Unlike too many inverted coasters, which turn riders's noggins into human pinballs, Afterburn mercifully does NOT deliver much over-the-shoulder-restraint headbanging. Once known as Top Gun, when Carowinds was a Paramount park and featured movie themeing, the coaster has retained its fighter-pilot inspiration. Afterburn's barrage of dives, tumbles, twists, and other elements play like a series of acrobatic aerial maneuvers. With wild views of trainloads of passengers' dangling feet flipping, er, head over heels, the coaster is as much fun to watch as it is to ride. Rating for Afterburn (0=Blech!, 5=Wahoo!): 4 Type of coaster: Steel inverted Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 7Powerful positive G-forces, lots of inversions Height: 144 feet Top speed: 62 mph Number of inversions: 6 Track length: 2956 feet Height requirement: 54 inches Ride time: 2:47 minutes Continue to 3 of 5 below. 03 of 05 Vortex Mini Review Cedar Fair Entertainment Compan If you've never been on a standup coaster, it can be an odd experience. Passengers straddle movable bicycle-style seats that adjust and lock into place to accommodate their height. Over-the-shoulder restraints tether riders to the seats and the train. It's kind of weird climbing a lift hill and staring down a first drop while standing. It's weirder still to navigate a loop and a corkscrew in the upright position. There is a bit of headbanging on Vortex and a fair amount of positive Gs. There isn't a lot of negative-G airtime, however, which would cause passengers to rise up in the air and then crash down on the coaster's bicycle-style seats. Especially for male riders, that may be a good thing—if you know what I mean. Rating for Vortex (0=Blech!, 5=Wahoo!): 3 Type of coaster: Steel standup Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 6.5Inversions and standing position make for a thrilling ride Height: 90 feet Top speed: 50 mph Number of inversions: 2 Track length: 2040 feet Height requirement: 54 inches Ride time: 2:19 minutes Continue to 4 of 5 below. 04 of 05 Hurler Roller Mini Review Cedar Fair Entertainment Company Great wood coasters provide rough and tumble rides (but not too rough) combined with soaring bouts of airtime. Hurler is not a great wood coaster. The nondescript ride goes through its circuit without offering more than a hiccup of airtime. And the ride is a tad too rough (in a bad-rough kind of wood coaster way). It's a good thing that Hurler includes seat dividers, or seat-mates would be constantly hurling into one another. Ride warriors don't mind enduring a bit of an assault on their internal organs when coasters deliver the goods. Hurler, however, delivers little more than a boring race to the finish. Rating for Hurler (0=Blech!, 5=Wahoo!): 2.5 Type of coaster: WoodThrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 6Typical wood coaster thrillsHeight: 83 feetTop speed: 50 mphTrack length: 3157 feetHeight requirement: 48 inchesRide time: 2:00 minutes Continue to 5 of 5 below. 05 of 05 Woodstock Express Mini Review Cedar Fair Entertainment Company If coaster riding is something of an addiction among hardcore fans, Woodstock Express is a gateway drug. The scaled-down woodie is designed as an accessible coaster for those who don't make the height cutoff on big-boy rides but are too old for teeny-weeny kiddie rides. It's thrilling, but not that thrilling. Unfortunately, the mid-1970s ride can get a wee bit rough. Kids closer to the 40-inch end of the height spectrum may find the sometimes-jarring lateral (side-to-side) G-forces a little much. But the icky purple color of the track should calm them down. Rating for Woodstock Express (0=Blech!, 5=Wahoo!): 3 Type of coaster: Family woodenThrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 3.5Mild drops, some lateral G-forcesTrack length: 1356 feetHeight requirement: 46 inches (40 to 45 inches with responsible co-rider)Ride time: 1:30 minutes Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The 13 Best Rides at Six Flags Great America This Legendary Ride Started the Roller Coaster Wars Six Flag's Nitro: Great Hypercoaster, No Hype Discover Why Manta is One of Florida's Best Coasters Intimidator 305: One Intimidating Roller Coaster Look! Up in the Air! 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