|The $2 million Carolina Cyclone opened on March 22, 1980 in the Frontier Outpost section. Note: The Frontier Outpost area was renamed Blue Ridge Junction in 1982 and later re-themed and re-named Carolina Boardwalk in 2002.|
|This ride is significant in the history of Carowinds in that it was the first coaster in the world to open with 4 inversions! The record was held for barely 2 weeks when another 4 inversion coaster opened in Missouri on April 4th, 1980. These views of the Carolina Cyclone were taken in 1980, just 2 months after it opened. Looks like the leftover track paint was used on the Midway Music Hall....|
|Nearly 36 years later, the Carolina Cyclone is still taking on screaming riders. It has had various paint schemes over the years and currently sports a new multi-color track with blue supports scheme that was done in 2010.|
The Cyclone train heading towards the lift hill in this 1980 photo and to the right, a wonderful view of the train going through one of the corkscrew loops.
All photos courtesy of Doug Garner