Extreme adventure = thrill time
Skydiving free-fall = roughly 1 minute
Bungee jumping = roughly 10 seconds
Base jumping = roughly 20 seconds
Theme parks = a full day of “peaks”
13 coasters + 1 park + none stop adventure = Carowinds Amusement Park
Constant loops, spins, drops, forward, backward, and corkscrew turns brought my senses alive with excitement at Carowinds in North Carolina. Each roller coaster offered breathtaking views, heart pumping adventures, and unique thrills. Highlights of the day: Drop Tower, Intimidator, Vortex, and Carolina Cobra.
Drop Tower = 1 minutes; 28 seconds
Strapped into an open car and lifted 160 feet into the air at a speed of 16 feet per second, we felt the tension build as we were held for a few seconds, and then dropped on a 100-foot, 56 mph freefall. Just 60 feet above the ground, the ride’s magnetic braking system saved us from gravity and gently brought us back to reality.
Intimidator = 3 minutes; 33 seconds
The Intimidator is the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in the Southeast! It dominates the skyline at 232-feet tall and sends you plummeting down a 211-foot first drop, then races through more than a mile of high speed twists and turns, including seven extreme drops in excess of 75 MPH! The initial climb is enough to make anyone’s hair stand up and when you come over the top of the curve in the back of the roller coaster, you’re at top speed and guaranteed to let out a yelp. The most nerve-racking part of the ride: you’re only strapped in around the waist. As we flew over the top of each peak, I was lifted completely off of the seat and suspended in mid air before dropping into another loop of extreme fun.
Vortex = 2 minutes; 19 seconds
This stand-up rollercoaster took us on a 50-m.p.h. series of fun-filled loops and dramatic drops. With an upward helix, followed by a right corkscrew, another upward helix, and a wide turnaround, our heads were nodding with approval after the Vortex.
Carolina Cobra = 2 minutes; 0 seconds
Carolina Cobra features three inversions, including a cobra roll and loop; Back and forth for a total of six inversions. Starting out backwards, we were pulled to the top of the ride and let go! The initial, forward motion was exciting, but the backwards return really got my blood pumping.
Amusement parks are typically known as great places for children, but even the extreme adventure seeker, like myself, can find excitement around every corner at Carowinds! I just might need a season pass for next year.
Watch us ride the Cobra and Cyclone Roller Coasters on Bucket List Publications Online Magazine