Carolina Cobra

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Carolina Cobra
Carolina Cobra sign.jpg
Head Spin Geauga Lake train.png
Carolina Cobra when it was Head Spin at Geauga Lake
Previously known as The Mind Eraser and Head Spin at Geauga Lake
Park section Carolina RFD
Coordinates 35°06′09″N 80°56′34″W / 35.102582°N 80.942915°W / 35.102582; -80.942915Coordinates: 35°06′09″N 80°56′34″W / 35.102582°N 80.942915°W / 35.102582; -80.942915
Status Operating
Opening date March 28, 2009 (2009-03-28)
Replaced Flying Super Saturator
Geauga Lake
Coordinates 41°20′59″N 81°22′44″W / 41.349632°N 81.378940°W / 41.349632; -81.378940
Status Relocated to Carowinds
Opening date 1996 (1996)
Closing date September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
General statistics
Type Steel – Shuttle – boomerang
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Vekoma
Model Boomerang
Lift/launch system Cable and Chain Lift
Height 116.5 ft (35.5 m)
Length 935 ft (285 m)
Speed 47 mph (76 km/h)
Inversions 3
Duration 1:48
Max vertical angle 65°
Capacity 760 riders per hour
G-force 5.2
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains Single train with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Carolina Cobra at RCDB
Pictures of Carolina Cobra at RCDB

Carolina Cobra is a steel Vekoma boomerang roller coaster located at Carowinds. It was the first roller coaster addition to Carowinds since the park's purchase by Cedar Fair from Paramount Parks. It was previously located at Geauga Lake from 1996-2007.


Carolina Cobra, originally named The Mind Eraser, opened at Geauga Lake in 1996. It was renamed to Head Spin when Cedar Fair purchased Six Flags Worlds of Adventure from Six Flags in 2004. On September 21, 2007, Cedar Fair announced that Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom would no longer operate as an amusement park, and instead become solely a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom. The ride was moved to Carowinds, where it is now called Carolina Cobra. The ride occupies the spot of the Flying Super Saturator roller coaster, which was dismantled and put up for sale after the 2008 season. This was the first roller coaster for Carowinds since the addition of Nighthawk in 2004. Carolina Cobra opened on March 28, 2009.

Ride experience[edit]

Carolina Cobra is one of over 50 boomerang coasters installed by Vekoma around the world, but it is the first roller coaster to feature all new re-designed MK-1212 trains directly from Vekoma [1] After dispatch, the train is pulled backwards up the 125-foot (38 m) lift hill. After that, riders are dropped 120 feet (37 m) down, fly back through the station and into a Cobra Roll element. The riders then are taken through a 360-degree vertical Loop and are sent up a second 125-foot (38 m) hill. The riders pause, and are sent down to do the full circuit again backwards.


On October 18, 2009, the Carolina Cobra's second lift hill failed to catch, resulting in a rollback that couldn't make it back through the second set of inversions [2] The passengers were able to exit the ride onto a nearby platform. All of passengers were taken to first aid. Seven of the riders were released back into the park; the eighth was taken to a local hospital and examined. No serious injuries were reported.

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