Carolina Cobra to Strike at Carowinds for 2009 Carowinds announces plans for its new coaster



    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept 10 /PRNewswire/ -- There's a new species coming
 to the Carolinas, but this is no animal! Carolina Cobra is an innovative
 new scream machine that will be the park's 12th roller coaster when it
 makes its much-anticipated debut at Carowinds in 2009.
 
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     Carowinds, a 112-acre amusement park located on the border of the
 Carolinas, will debut Carolina Cobra in early spring 2009. This rebellious
 125-foot-tall steel coaster will stand as the second tallest coaster in the
 park. This large new addition will hover near the entrance of Boomerang
 Bay, and, coincidentally, happens to be a "boomerang" coaster, meaning that
 it will travel the same track forwards and backwards.
 
     The boomerang experience is unlike any coaster at Carowinds. Riders on
 the Carolina Cobra are pulled up a steep 125-foot lift hill and sent diving
 down a 120-foot drop, speeding along a 65-degree descent into three
 inversions, including a cobra roll and a 360-degree loop. The train is then
 "caught" by another lift hill, and, once it looses momentum, is towed to
 the top as riders wait in anticipation for the second descent. When the
 train is finally released, riders are sent racing into the inversions again
 ... except this time in reverse!
 
     In addition, Carolina Cobra is adorned with a newly designed train
 exclusive only to its tracks. No other parks in the United States have yet
 to utilize this spacious style of trains, designed specifically for a
 heightened rider-experience. This new sleek 28 passenger train will create
 an aerodynamic experience unlike any other on a coaster as riders undergo
 the sensations of wind and speed at an amplified level. With its narrowed
 nose and widened harnesses, Carolina Cobra is sure to provide a smooth
 ride.
 
     "Carowinds has always been a perfect blend of family-entertainment and
 thrill attractions," said John Shanrock, the park's vice president and
 general manager. "For 2009, however, we plan to tilt the scale more to the
 thrill side! Carolina Cobra will be exhilarating and unlike any coaster
 that we house at this park. Only serious thrill-seekers should venture into
 the queues of this towering twisting serpent."
 
     Carolina Cobra joins a portfolio of 11 industry-leading roller coasters
 including Afterburn, Vortex, Carolina Cyclone, Nighthawk, The Hurler and
 Thunder Road.
 
     Don't miss out on your chance to ride Carolina Cobra all season long
 with a 2009 Season Pass! Purchase your 2009 Carowinds Season Pass today for
 only $69.99 per VIP adult pass and $59.99 per VIP Junior/Senior pass. Also,
 current 2008 Season Passholders may renew their passes for only $59.99!
 Hurry, this offer is only valid through November 2, 2008! Visit
 Carowinds.com for a complete listing of benefits and pricing information.
 Don't miss out on a 2009 season full of adventure as Carowinds unveils
 Carolina Cobra!
 
     Carolina Cobra Facts
 
     -- DESCRIPTION: Riders on the Carolina Cobra are pulled up a steep 125-
 foot lift hill and sent diving down a 120-foot drop, speeding along a 65-
 degree descent into three inversions, including a cobra roll and a
 360-degree loop. The train is then "caught" by another lift hill, and, once
 it looses momentum, is towed to the top as riders wait in anticipation for
 the second descent. When the train is finally released, riders are sent
 racing into the inversions again ... except this time in reverse! With its
 935 feet of track, traveled twice, this coaster basically offers 1,870-foot
 ride-track.
 
 
-- LOCATION: Carolina RFD -- OPENING: Spring 2009 -- MANUFACTURER: Vekoma International B.V.,Vlodrop, The Netherlands -- TRACK LENGTH: 935 feet -- HIGHEST PEAK: 125 feet -- DROP LENGTH: 120 feet -- MAXIMUM SPEED: 48 miles per hour -- RIDE DURATION: 2 minutes and 12 seconds -- RIDE CAPACITY: 760 guests per hour -- NUMBER OF CARS: One 28 passenger train -- CAR CAPACITY: Seven 4 passenger cars per train -- RIDE GUIDELINES: Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride this attraction For more information on Carolina Cobra, go to Carowinds.com. This news release can be accessed online at Carowinds.com/news.
CONTACTS: Dani Swords Danielle.swords@carowinds.com (704) 587-9050

SOURCE Carowinds

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