Good news for fans of Carowinds. All signs point to a new roller coaster for 2019 and the park has started to tease the new attraction with a series of tweets.

Of course the references to Miami River Lumber Company (also mentioned in Kings Islands’ Mystic Timbers theme) and the statement: “Our lumber is obtained by means of vengeance”(referencing Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance), have the fans speculating about what these clues could mean. Given past teaser campaigns, we need to keep in mind that parks love to throw curve balls to confuse fans and keep us guessing.

Enthusiasts have pieced together possible details about the new ride. Earlier in the year, Cedar Fair trademarked the name Copperhead Strike. Many think they could use the name for this new Carowinds ride, but given these new farm-related theme details, Lance from Screamscape has now considered that name less likely. He points to Mystic Timbers’ cursed forest theming and mysterious shed as a possible template for this ride.

Carowinds’ 2019 Ride Could Be a Launch Roller Coaster

Screamscape has posted a photo from a storage area at the park with crates labeled: MACK. Mack is a German designer known for a variety of steel roller coasters. When you consider what they design and Carowinds current coasters, a launch roller coaster is the best bet. These thrill rides do not use traditional lift hills. Instead, they propel or launch trains as a way to generate speed.

There’s no way to know the layout and features of the ride for sure, but if we’re to assume this will be a larger launch roller coaster (as Screamscape has reported) then something like Bluefire Megacoaster at Europa Park or Helix at Liseberg. Bluefire is one of the reason’s Europa Park is among my most wanted theme parks. That won’t change with Carowinds’ new ride, but it’d be great to have a similar roller coaster in my backyard.

My Take: A Maverick-like Farm-Themed, Launched Looper

Given all that’s been reported, teased, and uncovered, this is my best guess as to what this new roller coaster will be. I’m predicting a multi-launch looper that’ll be a lot like Cedar Point’s Maverick. Maverick was designed by Intamin, but it’s the best U.S.-based example of a large, multi-launch looping roller coaster.

Also, for years there’s been talk of Cedar Fair turning Carowinds into the “Cedar Point of the South”. More than talk, we can see some proof with Fury 325’s Gatekeeper-like integration into the revamped park entrance (2015), the massive water park expansion in Carolina Harbor (2016), and the addition of an on-site hotel (2019).

Due to the farm-related teases maybe the ride’s station and second launch will incorporate barn buildings and maybe some faux-corn fields to add to its uniqueness. I’d also imagine we’ll have anywhere from four to six inversions (loops). Although, I’d be happy a loop-less course that just meandered around the farm whizzing by structures. That might make it more ridable for all kinds of guests; like a bigger version of another Mack ride Manta at SeaWorld San Diego. I’ve been hoping Carowinds would add a launch roller coaster for years and it looks like we may finally get one in 2019.

For now, we can look for a late August or early September official announcement as that’s when parks usually announce next year’s plans. You can also keep an eye on Carowinds official twitter account and Screamscape’s Carowinds coverage.

What’s Your Take?
What do you think Carowinds’ 2019 roller coaster will be? Do you think it’ll be a launch roller coaster like Maverick? What do you think the name will be? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Photo Credit: Featured image courtesy of David Jafra via Creative Commons.

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4 Responses

  1. Albert Myles

    Well, here are my comments:
    1) They have been teasing White Lightenin’ for a bit now.
    2) White lightenin’ is made from Corn (Corn Farmer)
    3) They ran out of lunber so building a steel Mack makes sense. (plus the Mock brothers reference)
    4) The original White Lightening Launched……So the new White Lightenin having dual launches would be awesome.
    5) The train going into the barn and launching out of it would be the hotness. And of Course the Barn would be where they cook up the White Lightenin. Opportunity for Props. 🙂

    What I am HOPING for is this would be White lightenin’ and a few years later they bring back Thunder Road. Would love to see that combo again. I used to always love the story about The Moonshiners running White Lightenin down Thunder road being chased by the Revenuers. 😀 That was back when Carowinds actually did theming. How cool would it be to have a Mobius loop RMC (Like Twisted Cyclone) with red train (Moonshiners) and a blue train (Revenuers)

    • Joel

      I like your theory Albert. I couldn’t really connect the corn farming to a launch coaster, but the moonshine runners needed to be fast. This is also tied to the origins of NASCAR which was born in the Carolinas. I like the connection and keeping it local like we’ve seen for the past few large coasters, the hornet-themed Fury and Dale Earnhardt-themed Intimidator.

      My only hesitation with your theory comes from the teaser posters. They look more official and like public announcements of a new farm. I would have expected them to hint to more of an underground operation as moonshining wasn’t legal, hence the need to outrun the authorities.

      But I love the idea of bringing back an old, familiar name and keeping it tied to the region. I hope you’re right!

      • Albert Myles

        The Posters are very straight-laced. Maybe the farm is a legit front for the moonshiners? Maybe the first half of the ride is the legit part, then you go into the barn and see what is really going on? I dunno. All I know is I have never ridden a modern Mack coaster. So I am looking forward to it. Blue Fire looks awesome. Although, I am getting too old for too much intensity. Like I can do Fury 325 2 times and Intimidator a couple of times and I am done. LOL

  2. Eric

    We’re definitely looking at a Mack, multi-launch coaster, I’m 95% sure. My thought is, it’ll be a lot like, if not extremely similar to the new ICON at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

    I read something that a 2:24 ride time was confirmed on Carowinds social media, which would be right in line with a ride of this scope. The near-misses in the canyons on Maverick are my favorite part, so attention to themeing could play a big part in this one. I’m pumped!


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