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New Carowinds roller coaster nears opening date

March 14, 2019

The Copperhead Strike, a new high-thrills roller coaster at Carowinds, is set to open this month.

The double-launch, German manufactured coaster stands 82 feet tall and features passenger trains that resemble 1930s cars. It is designed to provide riders with an intense low-to-the-ground roller coaster experience.

The ride is about 2.5 minutes in length, and riders must be 52 inches tall to ride.

The following description of the coaster was provided by Carowinds:

“With three 16-passenger trains...Copperhead Strike sends riders cruising right out of the station. They then go into a lightning-fast launch to a 360-degree loop, the second of five inversions, moving into a series of near-miss twists, turns and flips. Without slowing down, the ride launches a second time to accelerate into a memorable hang time loop, leaving passengers breathless.”

The Copperhead Strike, set to open March 23, will be one of 14 coasters at the Charlotte park.

Carowinds shared photos and updates with the media throughout the coaster’s construction. The Copperhead Strike features 530 tons of steel, a 3,255-foot track and fiberglass and steel coaches with lap bar restraints.

The ride covers five acres of the 400-acre park.

View all of WRAL’s Carowinds coverage.