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Hurler Roller Coaster at Carowinds Mini Review
Carowinds Roller Coasters

The wooden Hurler roller coaster at Carowinds.

© Arthur Levine, 2010. Licensed to About.com.
About.com Theme Parks Rating for Hurler (0=Blech!, 5=Wahoo!): 2.5

Carowinds Hurler Up-Front Info

  • Type of coaster: Wood
  • Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 6
    Typical wood coaster thrills
  • Height: 83 feet
  • Top speed: 50 mph
  • Track length: 3157 feet
  • Height requirement: 48 inches
  • Ride time: 2:00 minutes

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 (at least when I rode it in 2010). 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.

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