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Thunder Road Roller Coaster at Carowinds Mini Review
Carowinds Roller Coasters

Two trains get ready to race on the Thunder Road coaster at Carowinds.

© Arthur Levine, 2010. Licensed to About.com.
About.com Theme Parks Rating for Thunder Road (0=Blech!, 5=Wahoo!): 3

Carowinds Thunder Road Up-Front Info

  • Type of coaster: Wood, twin track, out and back, racing
  • Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 6
    Typical wood coaster thrills
  • Height: 93 feet
  • Top speed: 58 mph
  • Track length: 3819 feet
  • Height requirement: 48 inches
  • Ride time: 2:10 minutes

While it is similar in layout (two tracks, out and back) and vintage (mid-1970s) to Racer at Kings Island in Ohio, Thunder Road has not aged as well and does not provide as smooth or as air-filled a ride as its sister twin racer. (At least that was the case when I visited in 2010.) Still, it is not exceedingly rough, and there are a few decent pops of airtime. The coaster sits on top of the state line between the Carolinas and features a cute state rivalry theme; when it is in racing mode, twin North Carolina and South Carolina trains battle it out to see which one arrives back at the station first.

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