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Carolina Cyclone
Website: Carowinds Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.2273
TPC Overall Rank: #374 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 26
Last Review: 9/10/2008 7:46:00 PM
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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 9/10/2008 7:46:00 PM
Date Ridden: Summer of 2007 and 2008. Times Ridden: 2 There is nothing wrong with being average. Despite most of my reviews receiving scores of and 8 and above, over half of my 328 coasters score in the 7 or lower range. These are normally coasters at parks that are not as famous and, let&#39.s face it, not as good, as the others I have ridden. The Carolina Cyclone is one such coaster. To begin with, it is a steel looping coaster, not a wooden coaster like the original Coney Island Cyclone. The ride consists of vertical loops and corkscrews and, despite its age, is still relatively smooth. The restraint system is not the greatest in the world, but is still not a horrible ride so there is not a log of head banging and ear bashing. One good thing is that we have only ridden this specific coaster in the first third of the train. I have found that on sit-down steel loopers, the back is to be avoided at all costs as the force of whipping the train through the inversions leads to a great deal of discomfort on any looper not built by B and M. I avoid riding in those positions. So anyway, I guess an average coaster deserves only an average review. When at Carowinds, don.t forget about the old girl toward the back of the park. The lines are never long and the ride is ok. I do not regret any of my rides on the Carolina Cyclone......because there is nothing wrong with average.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/14/2007 11:34:00 AM
This was actually a pretty good Arrow looper. The first drop was great and provided some good air time. Next were the two good vertical loops that were glass smooth and they had some decent Gs. After that were two rather rough corkscrews and then a very fast and cool helix finale.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up razor12 on 6/15/2007 3:25:00 AM
This is my favorite Arrow looper. It seems to be the smoothest! I enjoyed it a lot. The corkscrews are awesome as they turn over the walkway. However, the ride is very short, but there is usually no line. Too bad they destroyed the tunnel due to bats or something? It is a must ride.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up WAR2174 on 5/27/2005 2:44:00 AM
A true Arrow classic, and I dont mean that in a good way. This puppy is rough. Right up there with Corkscrew and Demon. It isnt very tall or fast, but it moves pretty well. It navigates the double loops fairly smoothly, which made me let my guard down. After the loops, I felt this would be ok, then the dreaded corkscrews hit. As much as Arrow uses this element, you would think they could figure it out. But alas, the corkscrews pound you into a pulp. Once out of there you head into a rather quick helix which is partially underground, a pretty cool feeling. Then the ride is over. Short, rough, and for the most part forgettable. A typical Arrow.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 5/26/2005 4:10:00 AM
Carolina Cyclone is a steel sit down roller coaster. (Coaster with inversions-4). It was built by Arrow. It is 95' tall, 2,100'long. It was built in 1980.I enjoyed this coaster alot when I visited Carrowinds. For its time it was an engineering marvel. It has 4 inversions, a underground helix, good high Gs and very little head banging. It is fun, rerideable, it has a large capacity, and a long duration.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 5/7/2005 2:37:00 PM
I liked this little ride a lot. It was short and kinda rough, but for some reason I liked it. The helix at the end of the ride was probably my favorite part...it was a very nice touch

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 3/24/2005 8:25:00 PM
Well, I found this one very similar to Cedar Points corkscrew, and who can argue? The double corkscrew over the pathway is very midway-reminiscent, and though it had one more loop than CPs ride, the Cyclones layout was very similar too. The ride was fairly smooth through the loops, but once you hit the turns and corkscrews, the neck thrashing begins. As usual, I found the ride to be good up until that point, but Cyclone got pretty darn rough. The setting was still pretty cool, weaving close to trees at one point, and I still enjoy the inversions over the paths. Overall, it was good for one ride, I could have tolerated a few more, but just wasnt motivated to. I gave the Cedar Point Corkscrew a 5, and I found this one to be on the same level, so Ill give the Carolina Cyclone a 5 too.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RaptorFan on 3/21/2005 12:32:00 PM
This is one of the best Arrow loopers I have ridden. I was surprised at how good it was, even though on my first ride on it we were stopped at the top of the lift. Still a good coaster.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up larrygator on 7/9/2004 1:43:00 AM
A double looping coaster (one loop over the queue) with a corkscrew over the walkway and a tight helix at the end. Has OTSR restraints, I surprisingly found this rougher in the front seat versus the back.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 6/28/2004 11:19:00 AM
A little painful and a little rough. cha-ching... one for the count, nothing more.

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