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Thunder Road

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 48 inches

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"Grit your teeth, Bare the Load, Enjoy your Ride, On Thunder Road" is the ominous warning you read going up the first hill on Carowinds wooden racing coaster. There are two trains Both racing forwards again the length of the track. The employees working the ride rarely bother starting both trains at the same time, which is a shame. Thunder Road also has the distinction of crossing the state line between North and South Carolina twice during your trip.
While Thunder Road has been undergoing some renovations, both sides were open for the 2009 opening day. The weather may have been rough, but the ride is so much nicer with the work they have done on this classic. Now if they would just get better trains that an average man can ride in comfortably.


I really enjoyed this old coaster. It's a basic out-and-back. If you shy away from wooden coasters because of their roughness, you'll like this one. This is one of the smoothest wooden coasters I've been on.
Thunder Road is a classic wooden coaster. While there is nothing innovative like corkscrews or loops, it shows that the old wooden coaster can still be very enjoyable. Thunder Road doesn't go very fast, but it is still fast enough to get your thrills. For fans of the uphill/downhill style coaster, Thunder Road has 2 very good hills, and a lot of mini hills for about 10 total.

The theming of two roller coasters racing at the same time, with one physically in NC and the other in SC, is done very well. While the racing theme was done for every ride in the past, it has been abandoned in recent years. The theme was done so well, it would have netted this ride another review point. With the loss of the roller coaster race, it makes Thunder Road a fun, but nothing special wooden roller coaster. 7 out of 10.

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