On the date that the two RV Gypsies and family
were at Carowinds, the park was very crowded with people, so Karen and
Renee bought the Fast Lane Plus pass, after watching people get 5 rides
on Fury before the park actually opened rides to people without Fast Lane
Fast Lane is a limited-access line queue system offered for an additional
charge at Cedar Fair amusement parks. Visitors can purchase access, which
includes a wristband that allows them to bypass standard lines in favor
of shorter ones at many of the parks' most popular attractions. Fast Lane
Plus is a more expensive, higher-end version that includes several additional
Fury 325 is a giga coaster
loosely themed around Charlotte's nickname the "Hornet's Nest". It has
a height of 325 feet, making it the tallest giga coaster and fastest non-launched
roller coaster in the world, reaching speeds of up to 95 mph making it
the sixth fastest in the world, according to Carowinds advertisements.
Fury 325 is the tallest ride ever built at Carowinds and the single
largest investment in the park's history. During the
ride, riders reach speeds up to 95 miles per hour, then riders go through
high-speed curves, and pass over and under the park's main entrance. Fury
325 was voted the best steel coaster in Amusement Today's
Golden Ticket Awards in 2016 and 2017, ending Millennium Force's six-year
John, Renee, Alex and Karen really enjoyed Fury 325. Karen Duquette
always rides roller coasters with her hands up all the way. Anthony was
too short to ride Fury, so Lee Duquette spent time with Anthony in areas
where Anthony could enjoy the park more.
1. The Fury 325 is said to
be the tallest, fastest giga coaster in the world. Reaching a height of
325 feet, with a speed of 95 mph, the ride lasted about 3 minutes and
25 seconds. It is a sit-down steel roller coaster with one gigantic 81-degree
drop, plus several other big drops, and multiple super-tight turns that
whipped everyone all around, crossing back and forth over the South Carolina
and North Carolina state line. Everyone lifted up and out of their seat
for several seconds (known as "airtime") at least half a dozen times.
It was an incredible adrenaline rush with its tight, twisting turns, and
the favorite roller coaster for Karen, Renee, John and Alex on this date.
2. The Intimidator is the second tallest roller coaster in the park at
230 feet in height which makes it taller than a 20-story building. It
is a sit-down steel coaster with a smooth ride. The Intimidator is all
about the hills. The individual seats were separated and staggered across
the trains' platforms, instead of all together in rows. So riders could
see other riders, but could not hold a friend's hand while flying through
the air at 75 miles an hour.
3. Nighthawk: The steel track is 2,766 feet in length and the height
of the lift is 115 feet. Nighthawk has a total of 5 inversions. It features
one vertical loop, a double corkscrew, two "Lie to Fly" and two "Fly to
Once riders are seated and restrained, the train tilts backwards into
a 'lay-down' position and dispatched. The train travels backwards out
of the station, turns left and travels up the 115-foot lift hill. Once
the train reaches the top of the lift hill, it dips down into a twist
(called a "Lie-to-Fly") that turns the trains upside down into a flying
position where riders face the ground. After the twist, the train travels
down the first drop, reaching speeds of 51 mph. Riders then go through
an over banked Horseshoe Curve element. Following the Horseshoe, the train
enters a "Fly-to-Lie" element that turns riders back to a lay-down position.
After the banked turn, the ride enters the 66-foot tall vertical loop,
where riders experience 4.3 G's. The train then goes into another "Lie-to-Fly"
element. Following the loop, riders go through another turn into the final
"Fly-to-Lie" element before entering two consecutive corkscrews before
making a right turn onto the brake run.
4. The Afterburn is a steel roller coaster in which the seats hang
from the rails above, leaving feet to dangle in the air. Because the rails
are above riders, there's an illusion of flying through the air. There
are lots of corkscrews and twists.
5. The Carolina Cobra doesn't make a circuit like the other coasters in
the park. It doesn't leave the station, go in a big circle and arrive
back where it started. Instead, the train is hoisted up backwards to the
top of a ramp, then races down the incline. At the bottom, it twists,
loops and twists again, and then runs up another incline. Then it repeats
the whole thing BACKWARDS.
6. Vortex is a stand-up roller coaster. Riders stand through the ride,
strapped in by their shoulders. This made it impossible for Karen to put
here hands up high in the air.
7. Hurler is a big wooden roller coaster. Karen does not usually like
wooden roller coasters, and she did not ride this one.
8. Carolina Cyclone is an older steel roller coaster with multiple loops
and corkscrews. It goes upside down a lot. It is not a smooth ride, but
a real head-shaker.