More Carowinds Attraction Tombstones

Carowinds Attraction Tombstones

I looked at a few of the tombstones that honor extinct attractions, here. Let’s take a look at a few more!

Carowinds Attraction Tombstones: Monorail 1973-1994

So, you didn’t know that Carowinds had a monorail? Check out the photo below from the Harmony House restaurant.

The Carowinds Monorail was a two mile attraction that opened on June 2, 1973. It was intended to connect to a hotel, called the Carolina Center, that was never built. The single station was located above the Speedway in the Contemporary Carolinas area. It was a single-beam train that went about 18 miles and hour. It was sold to a resort in Acapulco, Mexico, but never assembled.

Carowinds Attraction Tombstones: Old Jalopies-1973-1987

The Old Jalopies were called the Hillbilly Jalopies and were presented by Exxon. They were in the Carolina Crossroads section of the park, where Whitewater Rapids is now.

Carowinds Attraction Tombstones: Plantation House

The Plantation House, which had been the North Entrance since the park’s opening, stood as the symbol for Carowinds. Sadly, when security gates were added, it lost a lot of it’s visual appeal. Although I miss the charm of the Plantation House, the new entryway offers so many more services and a larger area for entrance and exit. Plus, it offers more of a view into the park; although, going through the Plantation House did give you a bit of a dramatic reveal, much like going under the train tracks at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom.

Carowinds Attraction Tombstones: Whirling Dervish 1979-2001

The Whirling Dervish was a swing-style ride that was moved to Great America in Santa Clara, CA. in 2001. The spot, in the County Fair section, is now occupied by a another swing ride, called Yo Yo.

Carowinds Attraction Tombstones: White Lightnin’ 1977-1988

White Lightnin’ was a shuttle loop coaster built in 1977. Riders were catapulted along a straight track and then through a vertical loop. After the loop, they went up a 130 foot hill. Then they would go through backwards. It was in the Country Crossroads section of the park.  It was sold to Gold Reef City in South Africa.

Carowinds Attraction Tombstones: Wild Bull 1979-1998

The Wild Bull was in the Country Fair section of the park and sat where After Burn is, currently. It’s known as a Bayen Kurve, and it pretty much a semi-circular bobsled attraction found at many fairs.

Carowinds Attraction Tombstones: Thunder Road 1976-2015

I was very surprised to see a tombstone for Thunder Road, and to see that it was near where the iconic roller coaster once stood. On either side of the tombstone are two plaques that discuss the history of the coaster.

Notice anything interesting about the tombstone?

Yep, it’s made from parts of the roller coaster!

The top has a reproduction of the sign that stood over the entrance.

The face of the tombstone is actually the back of the seat! The epitaph reads:

Thunder Road
Although we had our ups and downs
We traveled great lengths together
Now silver and blue
Are No longer around
But our memories will last forever

At the base of the tombstone are part from the track.

I’m really glad to see Carowinds honor its past, even in such a temporary fashion. There are some great historical photos in the Harmony Hall and I urge you to check them out on your next visit.

Do you have an extinct Carowinds ride that you really miss?

#ThanksThunderRoad Celebration Underway at Carowinds

It’s hard to believe that the iconic Thunder Road at Carowinds is going to see its last rider on July 26, 2015. Thunder Road was one of the handful of coasters built in the 1970s that helped lead the wooden roller coaster revolution and ushered in this most recent age of hyper-, mega- and giga-coasters. I know that I’ll be making an other visit or two to enjoy a final ride on Thunder Road. #ThanksThunderRoad.


Classic Coaster Memorabilia, Rides through July 26

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Carowinds and coaster fans alike join in to say, ‘ThanksThunderRoad’.  The iconic wooden coaster is set to give its last ride on Sunday, July 26.

Carowinds will offer riders special Thunder Road memorabilia to celebrate this historic coaster.

  • From now until July 26, the first 100 riders will receive a FREE commemorative Thunder Road button.
  • Starting July 13 through July 26, the first 48 riders (first two trains of the day) will get a FREE celebratory poster of the wooden coaster, in addition to the aforementioned commemorative button.

Additional keepsakes will be available for purchase including Thunder Road model sets, commemorative pins, t-shirts and more.

Thunder Road opened in 1976 and has given nearly 40,000,000 rides to fans.  Guests have until July 26 at 10 p.m. to take part in the Thunder Road celebration.

To read more about Thunder Road’s history, to view park hours or to purchase a season pass, visit