Carolina Cobra was the new ride at Carowinds amusement park, owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, for 2009. Carolina Cobra is a Vekoma Boomerang coaster, which means that it takes you up the lift hill backwards, then drops you forward at the top, then after you climb up another spike, you go through the whole track again backwards. Carolina Cobra opened on Saturday, March 28th, 2009, and had a media preview on Friday, March 27th, 2009.
Carolina Cobra was a beautiful coaster. It was a very nice color scheme with striking orange track with lighter blue supports. The landscaping around the ride was done very well also, adding to the overall feel of the area. One thing that's extra special about Carolina Cobra are its slick new trains. These new trains that have never been used on a coaster before add to the ride experience greatly, by adding smoothness and more room to sit, with much more open restraints. So, onto the ride...
Carolina Cobra was excellent to ride. I have been on a few Boomerangs in my life, but none of them compare with Carolina Cobra. The ride was smooth as glass, and very intense at the same time. Going backwards through inversions is a very cool experience, and pretty intense. It was a great ride.
So how many times did I ride it? Five, in addition to every other roller coaster in the park, except for Vortex, which was closed down, and a few kiddie coasters. So, if you're ever down in the Carolinas, make sure you stop by Carowinds, because they have an awesome line up of rides, and it is a very beautiful park. And, remember that if you have a Cedar Point Platinum Pass (or a Platinum Pass for any other Cedar Fair park), you get all the same benefits at every location!