Carowinds opens Fury 325 roller coaster

By | March 26, 2015

Fury_325_LogoCHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Wednesday March 25 (3-25) Carowinds unveiled its monstrous Fury 325 roller coaster to the media and invited members of coaster enthusiast organizations. At 325 feet, the mega-wonder is the tallest new coaster to open this year and the tallest in the world utilizing a traditional lift hill.

The coaster is part of $50 million makeover that includes a completely redesigned front entrance, of which, Fury 325 is a key component. The new 8.2-acre main entrance plaza includes a state-of-the-art ticketing and season pass processing area and expanded guest service facilities. Upon entering the park, guests walk right through the action as riders on Fury 325 scream by both overhead and underneath at speeds not legal on nearby Interstate 77.

Themed to the fierce attributes of a hornet, the coaster exceeds 95 mph as it burns through 6,602 feet of track in just over three minutes emulating the wild, spontaneous flight of this largest member of the wasp family. Like an angry hornet chasing its target, Fury 325 will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions.

Guest reaction has been overwhelmingly positive with members of American Coaster Enthusiasts queuing up to enjoy as many rides as possible during the preview event. The coaster’s opening garnered national attention with coverage from USA today and even made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show.

Built by the Swiss engineering firm Bolliger & Mabillard, Fury 325 is the largest coaster of the company’s nearly 100 coasters, superseding Leviathan, a 306-foot tall coaster of similar style that debuted in 2012 at Carowind’s sister park, Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario.

Carowind’s and the new Fury 325 open to the general public on Saturday, March 28th.