Carowinds Demolishes Thunder Road Roller Coaster
The 39-year-old wooden roller coaster at Carowinds- Thunder Road has been demolished. the park is making way for bigger and better rides for the future. Thunder Road opened in the spring of 1976. Carowinds announced months ago that they were going to tear down the aging roller coaster. The ride was once popular but in the last few years the wooden roller coaster had seen fewer riders. The last day for the public to get one last ride was in July. Once demolished parts of Thunder Road will be salvaged and used for spare parts at other amusement parks. The 3000 feet of wood from the wooden roller coaster will be recycled as well as other parts.
Carowinds will soon announce what will take the place of Thunder Road. The park has hinted that the new ride will be some type of water related thrill ride. Media and news outlets where not invited to the demolishing of Thunder Road. The wooden roller coast was once a popular ride that featured a 88 foot drop and speeds of up to 58 miles per hours. Carowinds is located in North Carolina between Charlotte, North Carolina and Fort Mill, South Carolina off I-77. The amusement park is a 398-acre amusement park that is open March through November. For more information about the amusement park see Carowinds.