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Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 5 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 54 inches

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Vortex, when it debuted in March of 1992 was one of the first stand-up coasters in the United States. Containing a large vertical loop with two fast helixes and one corkscrew, the speedy ride continues to be a popular B&M coaster. Though Vortex is the most "popular" to break down in Carowinds, its still the fastest steel coaster built before 1995 in Carowinds, were Afterburn is the fastest.


Ok the ride itself is not bad, the layout is solid, and it is just a fun coaster, one that would be a good first inversion coaster for a younger kid. However, the restraint system for this ride is the most uncomfortable I have ever experience on a coaster. This is certainly not my first stand-up coaster however, this one was extremely uncomfortable for me. If you have read one of my reviews you know how big I am and how that can adversely effect my riding experience, but man did this ride ever punish me for my height.

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